Teething 101 - How to help your baby get through teething
Babies start teething between 3 and 6 months. By the age of 3 years they should have all 20 primary teeth. Teeth will break through normally one at a time. First, the bottom two middle teeth then the top two middle teeth. After that come the teeth along the sides and back. Although, keep in mind that they do not always come in that order. They may not come in straight but don’t worry they can straighten out. During the day, your baby’s regular activities will help distract her from the discomfort of teething. At night, the lack of discomfort may make the pain more noticeable and your baby may be more upset. Some signs you can be aware of for teething are the following:
- Drooling (Can cause a rash around the mouth)
- Gum swelling
- Refusing Food
- Sleep problems
Some things that you can do to help calm your baby are to give him/her something cold to chew on. You can put a damp cloth in the freezer and then let them chew on it. Sophie the Giraffe is also a fantastic chew toy! You can try different kinds of rubber toys that have knobs on it that way they will numb the gums. If you have a baby that is eating solid foods you can put frozen veggies in a silicone feeder and let them chew on it. The coldness will help with the soreness. For those babies that like to chew on mom’s necklace there is now a chewable jewelry for moms to wear. It is called Chew Beads! They are very stylish for mom and babies love them. Chew Beads are made of 100% silicone and are dish washer safe for easy cleaning! You can also try a nice warm bath with a little bit of lavender in it – it might just help relax your baby. If these methods don’t seem to help you can contact your Health Care Provider and see about giving your little one some pain relievers such as acetaminophen. Remember, before using and medication or gels make sure you talk to your child’s doctor.
There is no set date for when your baby’s first or last tooth will arrive. Every child is different. The first few teeth will most likely be the worst. The pain and discomfort seem to subside as more teeth come in. The molars will be the most difficult but that doesn’t happen until your baby is closer to one year old.