Suddenly your lively baby seems to get irritated by everything. The face is rubbed on the bed and mother's shirt, the nights are restless: teething keeps up the whole family awake. What to do?
What are the signs your baby is teething?
Just like itching and dull pain aren’t enough, many babies have also stomach ache when they are teething. Some babies with reflux may feel worse when they are teething. Flatulance, diarrhea and spitting up can occur more than usual also with babies who don’t have reflux.
You can notice a loss of appetite when your baby is teething. A promising start to solids may slacken for a while, and the breast or bottle may be used instead of a source of food as a chewing gum.
Some of the teething symptoms include rhinitis, cough and low-grade fever. Sometimes it may be difficult for a parent to find out is their child getting a tooth or having a cold. Teething doesn’t cause high fever but depending on the measurement and the individual differences, the temperature of 38.5°C is not a rarity.
You can see the red and swollen gum in your baby’s mouth – or not. The gum can also be bluish purple, or even dark red and brown or looking almost normal. Usually the central incisors are not so painful as the corner teeth are when they’re pushing through the gum.
How long will teething last?
Teeth arrive at an individual pace, sometimes several teeth are coming at the same time. There may be long pauses between, and the symptoms may also come and go.
Sometimes the pain won’t stop until the tooth has pushed through the gum and the pressure relieves. Usually the teething process isn’t a constant battle until your child has every milk tooth. Toddlers don’t often even notice that their molars are pushing through.
What are the best teething remedies?
Even though teething is a natural part of the baby's growth and development, you must help your baby to feel better. Your baby doesn’t benefit from pain, poor sleep, eating difficulties, or a slight rise in temperature - conversely.
Painkillers can be a huge help if the child’s age and weight allow the use of the medicine. However, if the teething feels like it’s prolonged, you should save the meds for the worsts nights – the medicine is not recommended for long-term use.
Teether toys and teething gels relieve the itching in the gums temporarily. Other babies like to chew something with rough texture such as gauze. Your grandma may recommend chewing a dry bread crust, but you should always remember the dietary recommendations.
Paying attention to other things can take the toothaches away. Visiting grandparents or some new playground are great ways to help your baby to forget the pain!
Rocking can take your baby’s attention away from the miserable feeling and help him/her fall asleep. The movement eases the dull pain and bellyaches. The LullaMe self-rocking baby mattress continues the rocking movement, when your own hands get tired. Do you know that we have 14-day trial also available?
Sweet dreams for your little tooth fairy!