Dealing with teething problems
- By Team TDO
At some point, after your baby is born, you are going to feel a sharp pain. As soon as white teeth spring from their pink gums, your baby’s going to sink its teeth into literally everything. Here we are going to tell you all about teething.
Before the teeth come out, you may notice that there is soreness and swelling of gums. The child may drool, and all this may make your baby fussy and cranky.
Teething begins when your baby is four to seven months old. While some babies may get their teeth as early as three months, there are others who get them when they are a year old. When the baby is about three years old, he/she may get all 20 primary teeth in his/her mouth.
You will notice that the lower front teeth will develop first, and a month later the upper front teeth will develop.
Before the teeth come out, you may notice that there is soreness and swelling of gums. The child may drool, and all this may make your baby fussy and cranky. He will refuse to eat or drink, because the gums are hurting, and may find it difficult to fall asleep. In some cases, the child may even get diarrhea.
So how can you make this phase as painless as possible?
Give your baby something to chew such as rubber teething rings. Solid foods should be given to him cold, as this will give him/her some relief.
Gently rubbing your finger over the baby’s sore gum can ease the pain for some time.
If these methods don’t work, then with doctor’s consent, you can give your baby some mild pain relieving medicine. You can also consult your doctor, if you can use topical pain relief gel to rub the gums.
Use smooth petroleum jelly on the rash caused by drooling. Apply this on the affected area before bedtime.