Here are the three things you need to do when your infant is teething
When your baby is growing their first teeth, the duration may pass without encountering any serious problems. However, it can be painful especially when the teeth break through the gum. During this period, most babies cry endlessly and require much comforting from your side. The uncomfortable period does not last for long as it stops once the gums are healed.
Grumpiness, inconsistent feeding, sleepless nights, heavy drooling, red and swollen gums are some of the most common signs indicating that your baby is about to start teething. During this period, a child swallows lots of salivae which might irritate the tummy causing the baby to do runny stool. Among the top three things that you can do to keep your child comfortable during the teething duration include:
1. Calming the sore gums
Rubbing a clean finger over the baby`s sore gums can help to relieve the pain, temporarily. You can also create a distraction by giving the baby something smooth to bite on, to help soothe their gums.
Just like the way ice works on a sprained ankle to reduce swelling and numb pain, something cool can do the same on a baby`s gum. Soak a clean cloth in chamomile tea (which is believed to calm infants and make them sleep), put it in a clean plastic bag and chill it a refrigerator.
When you remove the chilled cloth from the plastic bag, the baby will enjoy biting on it. The baby will enjoy because the cold will numb the painful gums while the material massages the gums. You can also use plastic teethers so that the infant’s hands do not get cold. Teethers should be chilled not frozen since frozen can hurt the baby`s gums.
Applying pressure on the gums of a teething baby helps to distract the brain from the teething pain.
2. Painkillers to reduce the pain
Before administering a sedative to your baby, make sure that it is teething pain that is disturbing the baby as it might be some other infections. If your baby is over six months, ibuprofen is a good option to help in subsiding inflammation in your child`s gums.
3. Use teething gels
Creams and numbing gels are available over the counter in most drugstores. They can be applied on the baby`s gums to reduce pain. When it comes to using a teething gel, you should strictly follow the instructions. Gels containing benzocaine should not be used on children under two years without guidance from a pharmacist.
One risk is that the gel can mix with saliva, and if the baby swallows the gel, it can numb the throat hence interfering with the gag reflex. The baby can easily choke.
You can also use homeopathic granules by pouring a sachet in your infant`s mouth. Ensure that the brand is sugar-free.
If your baby has a fever, it is recommended that you take them to a doctor. Teething will happen for some time, so refrain from giving your child medicine too often. Do not administer aspirin to the baby as it is associated with Reye`s syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition.