Has your baby started throwing more tantrums than usual? Is your baby chewing on everything he finds around him? Then teething might be the reason. Teething is a natural process of tooth eruption from the gums of the baby and it can be very painful for the baby. Here we have prepared a complete guide about teething troubles for you to understand them better.
When do teething troubles start?
Most babies get their first tooth around the age of 6 months but it depends from baby to baby. Some babies might not have any teeth by the age of one. While some can have teeth as early as 3 to 4 months of age.
However, teething symptoms can start when the baby is only 2 to 3 months old. So it is difficult to declare a specific age for teething.
Symptoms of teething troubles:
Teething symptoms also vary from baby to baby. Few babies can have no symptoms at all, while others might spend many months in pain.
So, here is a list of possible teething symptoms in babies:
- Biting/chewing on hard things
- A slight fever (less than 101 F)
- Crying and fussiness
- Pulling the ears
- Chewing on their hands
- Swollen gums
- Lack of sleep
- Refuses to eat
When to call the doctor?
If the baby has a high fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or congestion then these are not the signs of teething. You should call the doctor immediately.
How to soothe a teething baby?
Teething is a natural process that you cannot stop but you can try a few tips and remedies to temporarily relieve the baby’s pain. Here are some remedies that can help you soothe the baby:
- Frozen food or teether: Applying cold things on the sore and inflamed gums of the baby can have a soothing effect on the baby. You can refrigerate the baby’s teether, drinks, and food which will soothe the baby for a while. Do not let the baby suck on cold foods all day long because it can weaken the enamel of the upcoming teeth.
- Rub baby’s gums: You can rub baby’s gums with a clean finger. If the teeth are yet to come then you can let the baby chew on your finger. It soothes the itchy and painful gums of the baby.
- Wet washcloth: Let your baby chew on a wet and cold washcloth to soothe their gums.
When all 20 teeth of the baby will come?
Teething troubles do not end with the eruption of the first tooth of the baby. They will continue until all the 20 teeth of the baby have erupted. So, your baby will roughly be around three years old when you and your baby will get rid of teething troubles.
Medicine for teething:
There are many numbing gels and medicines available for teething troubles. But experts recommend not to use any medicine because they are not proven to make teething pain better. Even if it is a homeopathic medicine you should still stay away from it.
Teething is a difficult process for babies and you cannot do much to help your baby. Few remedies can soothe the baby temporarily but nothing provides the permanent solution. So, hang in there you will get through this phase of teething troubles soon.