Babies normally grow their first tooth at four to six months. Some of them may experience drooling, crankiness and tears which can be a nuisance for babies and parents alike. Here are 4 simple at home remedies that you can try.
When do babies start teething?
Some babies are born with either one or more teeth. These are called natal teeth. Most children start teething at around 6 months. Some can start as early as 4 months and some after 12 months.
What are the symptoms of teething?
If your baby’s teeth are on their way, you may notice some of these signs of teething:
- Red and swollen gum
- Flushed cheeks
- Excessive drooling
- Rubbing their ear
- Chewing and gnawing on things a lot
- Disrupted sleep during naps and at night
- Not feeding well
- Irritability or crankiness
- Sore or tender gums
- Slight increase in temperature — but no fever
Many parents believed that teething causes fever and diarrhea, but researchers say these symptoms aren’t indications of teething. If your baby has a rectal temperature of 38°C or diarrhea, please consult a doctor.
What’s the best way to soothe sore gums?
If your teething baby seems uncomfortable, consider these home remedies:
1. Gently massage your baby’s sore, little gums
The gum massage can be done by rubbing them with a clean finger or wet gauze in circular motions. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort by relaxing him and helps improve the oral blood circulation.
2. Keep it cool
Chilled items help soothe your baby’s gums by temporarily numbing it. There are plenty of items you can used to apply this trick, such as a chilled spoon, a non-gel teething toy, chilled fruits, and cold wash cloth. To avoid cavities, don’t dip these items in sugary substances.
3. Gently wipe the drool away
One of the main signs of teething is drooling. Gently wipe the drool away from time to time to prevent irritation to your babies skin and make him more uncomfortable. Help protect your baby’s clothes with soft bibs, which you can also use for wiping your baby’s chin and keeping it clean and dry.
4. Hugs and kisses
Sometimes the simplest trick is to give your baby the TLC that he wants. Plenty of hugs and kisses will comfort your baby and distract him from his teething ordeal. Use a comfortable chair, and rock your baby gently. This will provide some quiet time for hugs and comfort, while also giving you both some much-needed rest.