How to help ease teething
Teething babies can become a nightmare and make it difficult for you to sleep at night. Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce the teething issues and enjoy your sleep. Most babies start teething at the age of six months. It starts with the appearance of the two lower incisors. This will be followed by the appearance of the top front teeth.
Note that most parents think that it is normal for the teething problems to cause high fever and diarrhea. This is not true so when the temperature rises above 100.4o F a fever is present.
How To Sooth the Sore Gums
If you notice that the baby is uncomfortable as a result of teething issues, wash your hands and use a finger to rub the baby’s gum. The pressure alone is enough to ease the baby’s discomfort. Alternatively, place a cold washcloth or even a spoon to the baby’s gum. It will help to sooth the baby. You may also try to give the baby some hard food. Offer some edible fruit so that the baby can gnaw it. Foods such as pilled carrot or cucumber should be eaten. As you do all this, ensure that you keep an eye on the baby because pieces that are likely to break off might cause a choking hazard.
Alternatively, you can try over the counter remedies. If the baby is cranky, ibuprofen and acetaminophen are recommended. However, don’t give the child lidocaine or benzocaine. These drugs are harmful and could be fatal to the baby.
If the baby does not feel better and you realize that it has developed fever, consider consultig a doctor.
- Dan Canfield