Teeth tend to start erupting between 4 months to 12 months of age; nonetheless, it’s perfectly ok if they erupt later, up to the age of 18 months. Babies have tooth buds in place, right under the gums, before they are born. The primary teeth, which form before the baby is born, start to surface at 7 months of age usually.
Symptoms Of Baby Teething Problems
Some children sprout their first teeth with hardly any problems at all, whilst others have a very painful and long drawn-out process. If your baby is teething, these features may be apparent:
- The gums appear red and swollen.
- The face looks flushed.
- The baby may rub his ear on the side as the erupting tooth.
- There may be a red rash on the chin and lower lip due to the dribbling.
- Sleepless at night and wakeful during the day.
- Ill-tempered and cranky
- May not feed well
How To Soothe Baby Teething Pain?
The following guidelines can help soothe and relive most of the symptoms associated with teething:
- Rub a finger or a cold spoon over the sore gums; it helps numb the pain provisionally.
- Give him a teething ring. Silicone-based teething rings are better than liquid-filled ones, which may leak and cannot be sterilized. Put the teething ring in the fridge for a while before giving your baby.
- A pacifier will soothe the baby significantly.
- Frozen banana is another excellent remedy to manage teething trouble. Freeze a banana and give your baby to chew.
- To prevent dribble related rash, gently wipe off the dribble with a cotton cloth, do not rub. You could apply petroleum jelly on the chin at bedtime to shield the skin from further irritation and inflammation.
- If your baby is 6 months old, you may give him breadsticks or hard bread. Frozen fruits are also helpful. Keep an eye on your baby as he may bite off lumps that he could choke on.
- Give him a carrot to chew on. Clean and peel a carrot and give it to your baby; let him gnaw it, it will afford immense relief.
- Cracker-biscuits are excellent for gnawing too.
- Cold foods such as chilled apple puree or chilled yogurt helps soothe gum irritation well.
How To Treat Baby For Teething Problems?
Some doctors recommend teething gels. Teething gels usually contain a local anesthetic as well as an antiseptic, and these two work together to allay pain and discomfort and ward off infection. Rub a small amount of the teething gel on the sore gum with a clean finger or a cotton swab; this has a numbing effect which will last for half an hour. However, use the gel only once or twice a day. If you are breastfeeding, do not use teething gel immediately prior to a feed as it can numb the baby’s tongue, making it difficult for her to suck.
A lot of experts as well as mums swear by homeopathy. Homeopathy drugs are decidedly helpful in managing all the troubles associated with teething. What’s more, they are very easy to administer. A homeopath will advise you the most appropriate medicine and dose for your baby. Powders, granules and tablets are available, which can be dissolved in water and administered as a drink.