Teething Symptoms and How to Treat Them
Teething is what your baby experiences when her first set of
teeth begins to appear.
Some babies will go through this event without a problem.
However, other babies will experience discomfort.
To tell when your baby is about to enter this phase of
growth, this article describes the teething symptoms to be aware of. Then if you think your baby is experiencing these
symptoms, some pain relieving remedies and guidelines will be presented to help you soothe your baby.
What Are The Teething Symptoms?
To determine if your baby is teething, ask yourself a few questions. Does she appear to be fussier? Is she crying at
night? Does she cling to you? Is she dribbling or drooling in excessive amounts? Is she chewing on her fingers or
Are her gums red, swollen or inflamed? Does she demand more
breast or bottle feeding? On the other hand, does she reject breast or bottle feeding because you think the sucking is
hurting her gums?
Other signs include poor appetite and interrupted sleep
What Are Some Remedies To Relieve Discomfort?
Now that you know what to look for if you think your baby is
having discomfort due to teething, here are a few things you can do to help soothe her.
- Massage her swollen gums with your finger using a gentle
touch (wash your hands thoroughly first).
- Place a frozen washcloth soaked with apple juice in your
baby's mouth. (The washcloth must be clean before being soaked, the excess juice wringed out and tied in a knot. Put
it in the freezer for one-half hour).
- Let your child gnaw on a Popsicle, a chilled but not
frozen teething ring or a frozen banana.
- Give your baby Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for a few days if
your baby is uncomfortable, or
- Give your baby Baby Advil (Ibuprofen) if Acetaminophen
isn't working. Ibuprofen may be better because it contains an anti-inflammatory component and Acetaminophen does not.
What You Shouldn't Give For Your Baby's Teething Symptoms
If your baby is less than four months old, don't apply
lotions or ointments that claim to soothe the teething pain. They may have ingredients that wash out of the mouth in a
few minutes and could numb your baby's throat resulting in choking.
It doesn't matter how convincing your friends or relatives
sound, but NEVER, under any circumstances, place alcohol into your baby's mouth. A "dab of whiskey" is NOT okay.
Alcohol is a poison to a young baby. Don't do it.
Now that you've been made aware of the symptoms of teething
and the ways you can comfort your baby when it happens, you should have the confidence and knowledge to handle this with
ease. Good luck and enjoy the rewards of parenting!
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About the Author:
Leroy Chan has built and maintained several web sites since 1997.
He just became a dad and is looking forward to raising his newborn son. To learn more about newborns and what you
can expect during your baby's first year visit: http://www.firstyearbabyadvice.com