When babies start teething: Everything you need to know!
Watching your baby grow is awe-inspiring, it's a mix of emotions and sometimes fearful. Raising a baby is no less than fighting a battle, it's an achievement. Day in and day out, the baby shoots a new challenge for parents and this journey is wonderful at the same time! And, then comes a beautifully dangerous moment- when your baby starts teething. In general, this challenge strikes when your baby is somewhere between 4 to 7 months, can be late at times, but you don't need to worry about it.
What are the signs and symptoms of teething?
· Rubbing their cheek or pulling their ear
· Bringing their hands to their mouth
· Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
· Swollen, tender gums
· Fussiness and crying
· A slight increase in temperature (less than 101 F)
· Gnawing or wanting to chew on hard things
· Lots of drool, which can cause a rash on their face
Teething is painful, and at times, your baby can bring your heart in your throat, it is advisable to consult your doctor when your baby is suffering from diarrhea, vomiting, fever, or cough.
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How to make your little one feel better?
· The actual challenge starts here! What works for other babies may not work for your baby, you may need to try a variety of different things.
· To find relief from this discomfort, your baby wants something cold in his mouth, it can be a cold pacifier, a spoon, a clean wet washcloth, and a frozen teething toy that can work.
· Give a massage on the gums of your baby, gently rub with your clean finger.
· Dip your finger in cool water and give the baby's gums a massage before each feeding, it will keep your baby from biting your nipples when you are feeding.
Things you need to avoid
· Don't make a mistake of putting just about anything in your baby's mouth with hope to soothe the pain. Make a safe choice and select only the approved methods and products that actually work.
· Avoid products that have breakable material such as plastic that can lead to choking.
· Avoid using frozen solid, that can be too hard for your baby's mouth. Products made with good quality rubber material can be a good choice.
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Taking care of new teeth
· Taking care of oral hygiene is highly important, even before your baby starts teething. Before teeth start to come in, use a wet washcloth to clean your baby's gums.
· Once your baby starts teething, clean the same way, and remember that after feeding can be the right time to clean.
Consult a pediatrician
Teething cannot be the same experience for all the babies, consult a pediatrician to monitor your baby's teeth for decay and other oral problems.
Teething is never easy, moms need the right guidance and support to take care of the baby in this crazy time. Share this useful information with new moms and they will surely thank you for this.
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