Is Your Child Teething? Read This!
If you are a first-time mom and experiencing difficulties in dealing with a teething child, then this article is just for you, as you’ll find all the necessary information regarding child teething.
The Time for Child Teething
It’s been observed that most of the babies start teething when they are between four and seven months old. It completely depends upon a child’s genetics. Some babies may start teething as early as three months old, whereas, some may take a complete one year or more to start this process. Therefore, never compare your child with other babies’ teething development.
The Common Signs and Symptoms of Child Teething
Children going through the teething process usually experience symptoms such as diarrhea, fussiness and low-grade fever. The medical specialists suggest that these symptoms appear because the babies like to chew different things and put them in their mouths to get some relief from sore and burning gums, and as a result, they engulf many germs and harmful viruses which lead to the aforementioned diseases.
Some children don’t experience any discomfort at all during teething, while some may go through the following troubles:
- Fussiness or irritability
- Gum sensitivity and swelling
- Excessive drooling
- Loss of appetite
- Sleep disturbances
- Chewing or gnawing behavior
Some experts also suggest that a diaper rash or diarrhea may be experienced during teething because when the baby drools excessively, the extra saliva enters their digestive tract and disturbs the bowel movement. Drooling can also lead to chin and chest rashes. Inflammation and swelling of gums can be a reason for low-grade fever.
Ways to Make the Teething Child Feel Comfortable
Here are some ways to help relieve some pain of your teething baby:
- Provide your child with a semi-hard material to chew, such as a cold cloth which has been refrigerated or a teething rubber ring.
- You can also rub your finger firmly over the sore gums of your baby to provide a temporary relief.
- If your baby has started eating semi-solid food, then you can give them ice-cream or cold yogurt for temporary numbing of the sore gums.
- You can also provide your child with a solid, unsweetened teething biscuit, like Zwieback, so that your baby can gnaw on it.
If none of these techniques work for your child, then you can also give a pain reliever, for instance children’s acetaminophen, to your teething baby. Be extremely careful with the usage of these medicines and always ask your doctor for the appropriate dose to be administered for a baby who’s less than two years of age.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits the usage of pain relieving teething gels which are rubbed on the child’s sore gums. Such gels usually contain benzococaine which can cause side effects such as numbing of throat and difficulty in swallowing. Benzococaine can also rarely lead to a life-threatening condition called ‘Methemoglobinemia’ in which the level of oxygen drops extremely low in blood leading to dangerous cardiovascular diseases.
We hope you find these tips useful and your child goes through a peaceful teething phase.