Written on 7 December 2021
Teething is the process where teeth emerge from their gum line. Also known as Odontiasis, this whole process can be a painful one for your toddler. Teething in kids usually starts between 5-7 months but for some kids, can begin a little later. However, there's nothing to stress about if your baby's teething milestone is a little different from the others! Each child has their own pace and speed.
Some usual symptoms of teething in your baby are:
Irritability and crankiness.
Swollen and tender gums.
Rubbing cheeks or pulling their ear.
Trying to bite anything and everything.
Changes in sleeping and eating cycle.
These are common symptoms but if your baby begins to exhibit diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes all over their body or extremely high temperatures, call a doctor immediately.
At a time when your child is in pain, there's nothing more you want to do than making their pain go away. Since teething is a natural process, you can't really stop the pain altogether, but you can try and ease it a bit. How? Here are a few suggestions:
Give your baby teething toys but make sure that they're completely washed and sanitized.
Give your baby something cold to chew on and eat like cucumber, carrot, banana- straight out of the fridge. Stay with your baby while they're trying to bite and eat these things so that they don't swallow and choke on big pieces.
Anything cold like a cold pacifier, a clean wet muslin cloth, or hard teething rings may help your child relax a little.
Use your clean finger to massage your baby's aching gums.
Try immersing your fingers in cold water and massage your baby's gums before each feed. That may deter them from biting your nipple.
Refrain from using teething gels as there is no real evidence that they can provide relief to your child. If you still want to use it, consult a pediatrician and take their opinion.
If you choose to go the homeopathy route, choose a good and a certified doctor.
There are certain teething granules available that may provide some relief when put into your toddler's mouth.
A teething necklace whose pendant is made up of 5 metals in certain quantities is usually tied around a child's neck, arm, or legs. This has no scientific evidence of giving any relief, but traditional moms swear by it.
Lastly, if your baby is under excruciating pain and the pain becomes intolerable, you can give them the prescribed dose of toddler paracetamol.
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