To reduce teething pain in your baby, you need to know, remember and perform some simple manipulations that will help your child get over the entire period of teething in the most painless way.
According to the average data, a teething period begins from six months of age. But the current tendency to teething reduces these terms, and babies, in some cases, start teething earlier, from about 4-5 months of age.
Signs of teething in your baby
• Soreness or redness of the gums.
This is the most visible sign of teething in the baby. A tooth begins to grow cutting the gum, and it becomes sore and vulnerable. It is a painful process, so the baby often cries. If you notice that your baby often cries for no apparent reason at the age when teething usually starts, you can consider it as a sign of incipient teething.
• Attempts to bite and chew.
Before teething children constantly feel the need to bite or chew something. They usually put their fingers and other things into the mouth and constantly try to chew solid objects.
• Excessive drooling.
• Increased excitability.
• Refusal to eat and drink.
• Running nose.
During teething, some children may have others, rare symptoms as well. They are not characteristic of all children and appear only in some cases.
• A slight increase of temperature.
When the baby excessively drools, do not forget that saliva, when contacting with the skin, can cause irritation and rash. To avoid this, you need to wipe the baby’s skin in time and to wash the baby with warm boiled water as often as possible.
When the baby whims and his mood changes only care can help in this case. The child is overcoming a difficult stage in his development, associated solely with discomfort. And the very parental care and affection will help him go through this period in the easiest way.
How to help baby during the teething period
To relieve itching and discomfort in your baby’s gums, you need to perform massage of the gums. Massage the spot, where a tooth “cuts” the gum, gently and gradually and without any pressure – this can cause a long-term pain.
The advantage of such massage is that your baby learns to brush his teeth, and will not be afraid and react negatively to all the manipulations in his mouth. Massage can be performed not only with your fingers, but also with a finger toothbrush. Villi not only massage, but also clean plaque from the baby’s gums.
The massage technique is simple – it is necessary to place a finger or a toothbrush on the gum surface a bit further from the teething spot, and gradually move to the teething spot with light circular massaging movements. The closer your finger is to the spot, the longer you should massage it.
Other ways to relief teething pain
• Doubled tenderness and care. Do not be afraid to spoil the baby. Constant crying and whims much more spoil the character!
1. Add one drop of chamomile oil to 5 ml (1 tsp.) of the main oil and gently rub it in one or both cheeks of the child.
2. Give your child 1-2 teaspoons of chamomile tea.
3. Place a warm compress with chamomile to the cheek on the teething side.
• Use rubber or plastic teethers that baby can bite. Generally babies’ tastes are so different that someone will like very unusual “toys” from the most ordinary objects of the interior. The main thing is that they should be clean and safe.
Teethers not only relief teething pain, but also accustom the baby to chew. When using a teether the baby as if “scratches and bites” it, and thus monotonous clamping movements of jaws contribute to the quicker development of chewing reflex.
Do not buy rings with liquid inside – they burst. Do not freeze them in the freezer until they become stones, so as not to damage the weak gums.
• Teething gels containing lidocaine (sold in pharmacies without a prescription). They cause numbness of gums and thereby reduce the pain. In any case consult an expert before using anesthetic.
• Lubricate the gums with honey (only if your baby does not have allergy to it).
• Wrap a piece of ice in a cloth and slightly rub the baby’s gums.
• Let the baby chew a cold (not frozen) wet terry cloth. You should wash it every time.
• Slightly lift the part of the mattress where your baby puts his head (it reduces blood flow to the jaw).
• Do not tie the teething ring around the neck of the child for him not to get entangled in the tape.
• Do not place aspirin or other tablets on the teeth and do not rub the alcohol-based solutions in the gums.
• If your child is not feeling well, paracetamol for children can help. BUT FIRST CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN.