How You Can Help Teething Babies
Teething is a natural process of tooth eruption. Some babies/kids go through their eruption process with very little to no discomfort; while others have a significantly different experience when their primary teeth come in. It’s important to understand or have a general idea of tooth eruption timelines in order to provide soothing remedies.
Tooth eruption occurs anywhere between 6 months to around 33 months which is about 3 yrs old. It is important to understand eruption timelines as most will experience this at some point with the children in their lives. The beauty of tooth eruption is that most kids are already born with 20 tooth buds below the gumline. Teeth exfoliate and erupt around a certain timeframe. It is great to understand this schedule to therefore be equipped to help alleviate any uncomfortable symptoms for the child. Being able to recognize early signs and symptoms of primary tooth eruption opposed to permanent tooth eruption is important because children at this age are not able to communicate what’s bothering them. Additionally, they have a lower pain threshold.
So what are some of the signs and symptoms of teething/tooth eruption? Signs and symptoms include: increased irritability and fussiness, loss of appetite and/or sleep, restlessness, inflammation or redness in the gums, increased saliva flow (drooling), chewing/biting on everything, and occasionally a low grade fever.
Now that the signs and symptoms have been identified, what can be done to help alleviate them? Nancy, RDH, recommends natural remedies first then follow-up with medication if needed. Natural remedies include: massage the gums with clean fingers or a damp cool cloth, silicone BPA free teething necklaces or amber necklaces, soft foods, textured foods that the child is comfortable with that will help break the gums quicker, frozen fruit, sugar-free popsicles, and Pedialyte. If these options just aren’t quite cutting it, medicinal options include Tylenol and topical Orajel. Orajel does contain benzocaine which is not recommended for children under the age of 2.
Hopefully this article will be beneficial to you as you navigate the teething process with the little ones in your life. If you have any questions, please drop them in the comment section of the YouTube video linked below!