Although teething symptoms may begin earlier, your baby's first teeth often make their cranky appearance at around 6 months of age. Here are some typical teething signs and treatments to make your little darling feel better.
Is your baby drooling or not? Or being fussy and irritable a bit more than usual? Is he struggling with sleeping despite being a good sleeper in the past? You may be able to tell your baby is about to cut its pearl whites.
One can't predict when exactly your baby will cut its first tooth. Sometimes, there will be a couple of teething signs that will prepare you, or you might be surprised when your baby bites your finger for the first time to know what those odd symptoms were about. Once teething starts, your baby struggles to manage tooth pain and munching simultaneously!
What are the Common symptoms associated with teething?
- Fussiness and crankiness
- Lack of appetite
- Sucking on fingers
- Chewing on solid items
- Tender, sore or swollen gums
- Sleep disturbances
How can you help a teething baby?
Observing your baby experience oral discomfort or dental pain is even worse than experiencing it yourself.
While teething is a normal process, there are some tried-and-true ways to ease your baby's pain.
Your first line of help should be natural teething remedies (those that don't involve ingesting any medication). Babies usually like to bite on things when they're teething, so the best thing to give them is a teething toy.
Teething rings and silicone spoons with teether are wonderful options for teething babies. Young ones can chew on these to ease teething pain. These can be put in the fridge to cool and pulled out for the baby when needed.
A silicon teething ring that is made from 100% safe extra-soft silicone, BPA, Lead, DEHP & Phthalates Free provides pressure on the gums along with a soothing coolness. You should never freeze the ring because it could hurt baby gums.
Teething rings can help teething babies by soothing their inflamed gums. However, all teething toys are not safe; you should look for a teething toy that is:
- Made of food-grade silicone
- Tested according to safety standards
- Are multipurpose
- Safe to sterilise (boil safe, dishwasher safe)
- Can be put in the fridge
- Not filled with liquid
Some teething toys are made of small silicone parts or timber. Please be extra careful to have all applicable safety certificates before you choose those.
Safe food for a teething baby
A teething baby would want to stick with soft foods and purees when dealing with teething pain, much like we adults might only want to eat soup after a dental procedure. Give them anything they can eat from a silicon teething spoon to help soothe their gums. The perfect comfort food for them right now might be a fruit or vegetable puree, a soft risotto, or mac and cheese (pureed or slightly overdone for less chewing).
Nothing helps those gums more than refrigerated treats. Easy options like ready-made fruit yogurts, blended apple sauce, mango, peaches, broccoli, and carrot puree can be appetising teething treats. You can give cold (cooked) carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, whole strawberries, or raspberries in a baby feeder. Ensure you stay with your baby while eating to watch out for choking.
Evidence shows that teething babies find relief through chewing and biting on objects. Why? A growing tooth is counter-pressed by its firmness.
For babies older than six months, try cooked carrot sticks, sliced pepper, breadstick, homemade iron-rich teething biscuits, and sliced avocado.
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