Today we aren’t going to be talking about your teeth, we are going to be talking about your babies teeth! If you have a baby that is extra grouchy and drooling, it is likely that they are at the stage called teething. This is something that every baby has to go through at some point, but there are things you should expect when a baby reaches this point and there are some ways to help them.
A baby generally begins teething around 6 months to a year. This is when their primary teeth will start to erupt. Depending on the child this could begin as early as 4 months. Once your babies teeth start to come in we would recommend taking them on their first visit to the dentist. It is a great idea to get them used to visiting the dentist from a young age.
Symptoms of teething
Your baby may not experience any symptoms at all. But normally your child could experience some of the following symptoms.
- A low temperature of less than 101.
- Higher than normal amounts of drool.
- Red or tender gums.
- Chewing or biting on toys or objects.
- Grouchiness, crying, fussing, etc.
One mistake that we often see is that parents will assume every symptom that a baby has is a sign of teething. This is not the case and if they are throwing up, a high temperature, or rash, these are not normal signs of teething.
How to help your child with teething
If you have a teething baby, there are some steps you can take to help reduce their discomfort. However make sure that you don’t get overly frustrated with your baby, and lay them down for a few minutes if you find yourself getting frustrated.
Give your baby a teething toy or a pacifier, as this will allow them to chew on the item and that can help relieve the pain. You want something that is soft and safe.
If your baby seems to be in a large amount of pain, you can talk to your dentist or doctor about options in medicine for your child. Never give a baby more than the recommended dosage or continuing to give them medicine for an extended period of time.
A cold compress can also help, this includes teething rings, a washcloth, or a cold pacifier.
Keep your baby as clean as possible, since the extra drool on their clothing can cause rubbing that could become uncomfortable. If you start to notice any questions or concerns about your babies oral condition, you should call your dentist.