Has your baby started teething? Let’s learn more about it here!
Teething is the process whereby the teeth emerge through the gums. The first primary tooth to erupt is also known as milk teeth. Most babies will develop teeth between 6 and 12 months. The bottom middle teeth will appear first, followed by upper middle teeth, and then the sides and back.
Sign and Symptoms
Although teething is a normal and natural development, it will cause some discomforts to your baby. Some signs and symptoms of teething are:
- Swollen and sensitive gums
- Gnawing and chewing behavior
- Fussiness and crying
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
Comforting Your Baby
First, you need to identify teething on your baby. What you can do is observe and be aware of your baby’s recent behavioral changes. The most obvious sign is drooling (lots of saliva). Other than that, you may notice that your baby starts to suck their fingers and fists.
The discomfort of teething can lead to fussiness and cries. As a parent, you ought to be more patient and give your baby extra snuggles and kisses. Don’t worry, teething is good news and the worrying moments will pass soon!
One of the effective ways to soothe your baby’s teething pain is by massaging your baby’s gums. You can use your clean finger or damp cloth and gently massage your baby’s gums. Of course, there are a lot of teethers that are suitable for your baby to relieve their tender gums.
Coldness can help in soothing your baby’s pain. Some mum will dip their fingers in cool water before massaging baby’s gums, especially if they are breastfeeding. This can help to keep your baby from biting your nipple while nursing. The lower temperature will help to soothe your baby’s teething pain by providing some relief to swollen gums.
Giving Your Baby Something to Chew
Other than massage, you can give your baby a clean teether to chew. Babies love to chew especially when teething. Let them chew as much as they want to. All you have to do is make sure you know what your baby puts into her mouth and that it is clean and safe. You are advised to choose teethers made of solid rubber. Try to avoid liquid-filled teething rings or plastic objects that could break easily.
As mentioned before, coldness can help to relieve the swollen gums. Chewing is also more effective when the teether is cold and it helps to numb the gums. You can keep a teething toy in the fridge but not inside the freezer. This is because extremely cold comfort may hurt your baby’s sensitive gums instead.
Some important elements you might need to consider when choosing a teether for your baby: (a) texture, (b) easy grip for little baby fingers, (c) tiny parts for tiny mouth, and (d) soft toy to protect clumsy babies.
When your baby’s first tooth erupts, they are likely ready to start on solid foods. A few months later, your baby’s motor skills will develop and she will be able to pick up and eat finger foods all on her own. By that time, you can have your baby join the family mealtimes!