Just like adults, babies have their fair share of problems whilst growing up, too, with teething being one of them.
Whilst an adult may deal with pain by lying down, or simply being quiet, a baby deals with pain differently, by crying. This is because they haven’t yet learnt how to deal with such a thing. The time a baby teethes can be a difficult period for both the tot and the parents. The baby doesn’t understand where the pain is coming from, so shows their frustration by crying, and the parents are kept up a lot of the night, as a result.
The signs that teething is taken place is generally shown by:
- A fever
- Disturbed sleep
- Flushed cheeks
- Red gums
You can help ease the pain your baby is feeling when teething, by:
- Cuddle therapy – babies are really soothed by someone cuddling them, so this can help with the pain they’re feeling from their teeth coming through. By rocking your baby and holding them close to you, you will help them to feel soothed and relaxed.
- Rubbing their gums – applying Bonjela to your baby’s gums, whilst rubbing them will again help. Putting pressure on something that hurts helps to alleviate the pain, and takes away some of the discomfort felt.
- Cold food and drink – Cold food and drinks help to numb the pain and make the baby feel better. Drinks such as formula milk straight from the fridge, or food such as chilled yoghurts will work wonders for the way your baby feels.
- Teething rings – babies love to chew and bite on things, which they are able to do with a teething ring. Teething rings help the baby to put pressure on the areas of their mouths that are sore, therefore helping themselves.
When the baby is two years old, this is when they should start going to see the dentist. Plaque can quickly coat teeth, so going to the dentist will ensure plaque isn’t building up. You can look after your baby’s teeth by making sure you don’t give them too much food or drink with sugar in, as this slowly decays them. It’s also best to avoid sweetened food and drink, as this is just as bad. Offering foods full of calcium and vitamins will ensure your baby has the best start; it’s all about choosing the right things at the supermarket!