By and large, an infant is born with teeth that are partially developed below the gum line. In a person’s life, you will have two sets of teeth: baby teeth and permanent teeth. When babies get their first tooth, it is an important and exciting step in their growth process because those teeth will allow them to speak clearly and chew properly. Though exhilarating, the teething process can be difficult for both parents and babies.
According to the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Plus, most babies get their first tooth at around six months old but don’t worry if they don’t appear right away. Some infants start teething around eight months and others when they are a little bit older.
It can be heartbreaking to watch your child suffer through this uncomfortable teething stage, but there are tips on how to help your baby cope with the pain. Here are some of the teething comfort tips:
- Chilled Fruits
Once you have introduced solid foods to your baby, you can help soothe those sore gums with a tasty snack such as sliced apples or carrots. Learning to chew is vital even before the teeth come in, according to Penelope Leach, author of “Baby and Child.” You can also offer mashed bananas, frozen strawberries, mangoes, and ripe pears placed in a mesh feeder to prevent choking.
- Cold Washcloth
Take a clean washcloth, submerge it in water, wring it out until damp, and then place it in the fridge. Once cool, you can give it to your child to chew on and relieve those painful gums. Do not leave your baby unattended as this can be a choking hazard.
- Cool Metal Spoon or Teether Ring
Cold is often a great relief to soreness in babies’ mouths as it slightly numbs the painful area. You can put a metal spoon and teether ring in the fridge and then rub it in your child’s gum once cold.
You can help provide comfort to your child by massaging those sore gums. After washing your hands, sit with your baby, and carefully rub the gums in a circular motion.
Sometimes, the most significant comfort for a teething baby can be a hug from mom or dad. Pick a comfortable chair and rock your baby gently. Cuddling will provide some quiet time while also giving you both some much-needed rest.
Even if your child is teething, always keep in mind that a good dental routine is vital for gums and teeth. Ensure to use a damp cloth to wipe gums clean, and as soon as the tooth has erupted, introduce your child to a small and gentle toothbrush. It may also be ideal for visiting a dentist because, according to the American Dental Association, a child should have her first visit as soon as the first tooth erupts or before they turn one year old.
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