Teething: Understanding the Process and Easing Your Baby's Pain
Teething is a natural process that every baby goes through, but it can be a stressful and painful time for both baby and parents.
During teething, baby's new teeth push through the gums, causing discomfort and pain. This can result in crying, irritability, and difficulty sleeping. However, there are several ways to help ease your baby's discomfort.
The teething process is said to begin at around 6 months old and can last until they are around 2 to 3 years old, however, we have learned that no two babies are the same. We have met numerous babies that were born with teeth! And a few who still didn't have any teeth at 12 months.
Some babies may experience teething pain more intensely than others, some babies seemingly sail through the emergence of every tooth without parents even noticing. When a tooth is on its way, you may notice that your baby drools more, has a loss of appetite, and is more irritable. They may also rub their cheek, ear, or chin, and want to chew on objects to soothe their gums.
To help ease your little one's discomfort, you can try the following tips:
Offer a teether: There are many different types of teething toys available, including those that can be chilled in the refrigerator to provide extra relief.
Use a cold cloth: Soak a clean cloth in water, wring it out, and place it in the refrigerator. When it is cold, offer it to your baby to chew on.
Offer a frozen fruit or vegetable: A frozen carrot or a piece of frozen fruit can provide relief for your baby's gums.
Use a teething gel: Teething gels can be applied to your baby's gums to help numb the pain. Ensure the gel that you use does not contain lidocaine, as it could cause seizures, respiratory arrest and even death.
Always read the label and follow the instructions carefully.
Give your baby a massage: Gently massage your baby's gums with a clean finger to help relieve discomfort.
Offer a pacifier: Sucking can help soothe your baby's gums.
It's also important to remember that teething can affect your baby's sleep, so try to maintain a consistent sleep routine as much as possible.
Additionally, make sure your baby's teething toys are clean and free of any small parts that could become a choking hazard. In conclusion, this stage can be a difficult and uncomfortable time for your baby, but there are many ways to help relieve their pain. Try different strategies and see what works best for your baby, and remember to be patient and understanding.
It's just a phase, and although it seems like it will never end when you're IN it, it WILL pass.
If you have any concerns about your baby's health, talk to your health professional for additional guidance.