24 Sep 5 Tips for Teething Babies
Babies go through so many big, developmental stages at such a young age as they start learning new things and growing in new ways. While some stages of your baby’s development are more pleasant than others—there is no denying that teething is a big stage. Teething can be very painful for little babies and can cause a great deal of discomfort and irritable.
However, while teething is an important stage and one that babies will eventually get through, it can be difficult for parents to see their children in a state of distress or discomfort.
How do you know when your baby is teething? Typically, babies are not only more irritable but they will start drooling more, sleeping less and chewing on anything they can. Different babies will start teething at different times, but most children will start teething as early as three months, while some babies won’t start teething until they are a year old.
Teething can be difficult, but these tips can help make the process easier and more manageable for parents and babies alike.
Relief Through Food
If your baby is able to eat solids, then there are certain foods that can help provide relief. Cold applesauce and cold yogurt will help babies who have tooth sensitivities while providing some much-needed relief.
Sometimes a gentle “gum massage” can go a long way in helping your baby get the relief that they are looking for. Simply rub a clean finger on your baby’s gum using firm pressure. This will typically give babies some temporary pain relief.
Cool Teething Toys
Chewing or gumming on something is a great way for babies to start finding some relief from their teething pain. There are plenty of natural teething toys that you can put in the freezer or refrigerator. Some parents also find success with a damp, refrigerated washcloth.
Adjust Your Baby’s Diet
If your baby is struggling with inflammation, then it can actually make their pain worse. Reducing white foods like bread and rice and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet.
Occasional Pain Relievers
If your child is in a lot of pain, it may be appropriate to occasionally use Tylenol at a doctor-approved dose. Don’t forget to talk to your pediatrician first before beginning any treatment, as the level of pain your child is in may indicate another issue like ear infections, which may require further evaluation.
If you have questions about teething, or other developmental milestones in your baby’s life, then contact the experts here at Continuum Pediatrics today. We are here to help answer any questions you may have and make sure that your baby stays happy and healthy while their new teeth grow in. You can always call us to schedule an appointment by calling 817-617-8600.