Helpful Hints for Teething Babies
Toddlers’ first set of molars typically erupts between the ages of 13 and 19 months. While some people seem to breeze through the teething process, others report a variety of symptoms such as pain, irritation, insomnia, swollen gums, drooling, rash, and constant chewing or gum rubbing. When the second set of molars begins to erupt at the age of two, these symptoms can become more severe for some children.
It’s difficult for parents to watch their children suffer from teething pain. Of course, it’s difficult to see our children suffer, but dealing with restless nights, all-day fussiness, and clinginess can have a negative impact on our own health. Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to assist relieve toddler teething pain and make things a little easier for both our kids and ourselves.
Foods and beverages that are served cold
Cold-temperature soft foods and liquids may assist to relieve your child’s suffering. It’s crucial to remember that healthy, low-sugar snacks are essential for your child’s oral health. The following are some healthful snacks that may aid with teething pain:
Mashed bananas or chilled applesauce
Tubes of frozen yogurt
In a sippy cup, ice water
Fruit in a mesh feeder that has been chilled
Popsicles made from scratch
Note that ice cubes might cause choking, therefore serve ice water in a cup with a lid. Offer cold water without ice cubes if your toddler wants to drink without a lid.
Toys for teething
Toys for Teething and Chewing
Teething toddlers will find a wide variety of toys on the market. These toys are effective because they apply counterpressure to the gums as the new tooth emerges. Silicone is found in some of the most effective teething toys. Silicone is soft enough not to harm teeth or gums while also being strong enough to give adequate counterpressure. Place silicone chew beads or toys in the fridge before giving them to your child for added comfort. If you don’t have any teething toys on hand and need something quick, a washcloth soaked in cold water may suffice.
Be mindful of teething toys that are packed with liquid or gel. When bitten on by children who already have many teeth in their mouths, these can easily break. Furthermore, when frozen, these toys can become overly rigid, causing harm to teeth and gums.
Painkillers that are available over-the-counter
For a toddler suffering from severe teething pain, over-the-counter pain relievers such as children’s ibuprofen and acetaminophen may be the best option. When giving these meds to your child, make sure to follow the package guidelines and try other techniques first before turning to medication.
Massage of the Gums
Gently rubbing your child’s gums, if they allow it, can help relieve their teething pain. Make sure your hands and under your fingernails are clean before giving your child a gum massage. Then, using your fingertips dipped in cool water, gently massage the gums in a circular motion. Gum massages are especially beneficial before meals and before going to bed.
Breastfeeding or Nursing
If your toddler is still breastfeeding, nursing or offering breast milk in a cup might help relieve pain and provide comfort. Naturally, your toddler’s natural desire to chew or nibble while teething may obstruct a successful nursing session. In this scenario, providing cold breast milk in a sippy cup or even breastmilk popsicles, which can be readily created using pumped milk and a popsicle mold, is a wonderful choice.
Other Techniques for Assisting Your Teething Toddler
When your child is in pain, their stress levels are likely to be at an all-time high. It’s critical to ensure that changing their schedule doesn’t add to their stress. Make sure you stick to the routine they’re used to. That involves sticking to the same bedtime, nap time, and nighttime and naptime routines they’re used to. For some parents, fussy and irritable toddlers may be more difficult to calm, and sticking to their exact routine may be challenging, but by keeping things as regular as possible, you may discover that the options indicated above help to relieve their symptoms.
Mom and baby are both calm
One of the most crucial things you can do to assist ease teething pain is to provide plenty of love, cuddles, and emotional support. It’s critical to keep your cool and be patient with your child. Love and empathy may be just what they need to relax and cope with the agony they’re experiencing.
When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist?
An eruption cyst occurs when a tooth begins to break through the gum line in a toddler. These can be frightening, but they normally go away on their own. Treatment is frequently not required because the tooth erupts through the cyst. The top of the cyst can be readily removed by your pediatric dentist if it does not break spontaneously or becomes infected.
As a general guideline, if you notice or feel anything strange, you should see your pediatric dentist right away. If you have any concerns, we are always delighted to address your questions or see your kid.