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  • How to Deal with Your Baby’s Teething Discomfort

    Learn the signs of baby teething and what you can do to ease baby’s teething discomfort and pain.
  • Is your baby having teething troubles? The primary teeth, more commonly known as “milk teeth” usually come out when a child is 6 or 7 months old. However, they can also break through as early as 3 months or as late as 12 months after birth. Many babies whose first set of teeth are breaking though their gums experience some amount of pain and discomfort. The symptoms vary from child to child but they all boil down to pain caused by the upward pressure of the teeth on the gums.

    What are the signs of baby teething?
    teethingMost teething babies will exhibit the need to gnaw or bite. They may try to bite their toys, your fingers or anything hard that can help provide a counter-pressure against the bursting teeth. Because this pressure stimulates increased salivation, your baby may also produce more drool than is usual. Take note that more saliva can cause your baby to gag or choke on his own drool so make sure to ask your pediatrician for recommendations.

    Your baby may also become irritable. Parents of babies experiencing pain at night may notice changes in their children’s sleeping habits. Some parents experience this fussiness during mealtimes too; babies who are already on solids may refuse to eat because their gums are hurting. Other babies may do just the opposite and try to eat harder solid foods more than they should. Whatever you do, don’t give your child frozen whole foods like an entire banana or carrot because these can break into sizes that may cause your baby to choke.

    Aside from these symptoms, your child may also try to pull his ears if he feels the pain just behind them. This usually happens when the molars are beginning to come out. Nevertheless, do make a mental note that ear pulling and pain in the ears can also be signs of other things, such as infection.

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    What you can do to ease the discomfort and pain
    Remember to consult your pediatrician before trying out any home remedies. This precautionary measure will help you to rule out any underlying condition other than teething that may be causing your baby pain or discomfort.  In addition, your pediatrician may also recommend anti-pain medication if necessary.

    For teething pain, most parents give their babies teething rings and other teething toys. Most of these come in the form of water-filled objects which you can freeze or chill to provide added comfort to your baby’s swollen gums. Others use a washcloth or a bimpo that has been soaked in water, twisted and then frozen.

    Many also recommend massaging your baby’s teeth; you can try doing this with your bare forefinger or you can also wrap your finger in a kerchief soaked in cold water. It goes without saying that your hands and the cloth should be both clean.

    Lastly (and many parents recommend this) you may also want to give your child extra cuddles and attention when he is experiencing teething pains. Showing your baby how much you love him may be all that is needed to make him forget about the discomfort even for just a while.


    Photo from flickr.com

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