At 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers, we understand that babies’ behaviors surrounding teething can be some of the more difficult to handle. Trying to comfort a drooling, cranky baby can cause much frustration in the family.
At the same time, there are so many “home remedies” for teething discomfort – both good and bad – that parents can easily become confused about which are helpful and which are old wives’ tales.
The Teething Timeline
Most babies start teething at four to seven months. If your child doesn’t begin teething in that time frame, don’t worry – teething will start on your baby’s own schedule. The first teeth to erupt are usually the bottom and top central incisors. Most babies produce a new tooth about once a month. Tooth eruptions will continue until the baby is about two years old.
Ways to Relieve Teething Discomfort
If your baby shows signs of teething – irritability, excessive drooling, sore or tender gums – here are some do’s and don’ts to make him or her more comfortable. These are tips we approve at 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers. There are many unfounded remedies mentioned online or in the news. It’s best to avoid over-the-counter or online remedies that lack approval from pediatric medicine experts.
- Rub the baby’s gums with a clean finger or moistened clean cloth. Pressure on the gums soothes soreness.
- Refrigerate a soft cloth, teething ring/toy, pacifier or a spoon and rub on baby’s gums or let the baby hold them. Cold reduces swelling and discomfort.
- Wipe away drool frequently to avoid irritation around the mouth.
- Try offering foods like bagels to gnaw on if the baby is old enough to tolerate solids and if you’re available to guard against choking.
- Give a dose of acetaminophen (Baby Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Children’s Motrin) if the baby is older than six months and if other methods aren’t working. Do not give more frequently or in a higher dose than recommended.
- Use frozen teething rings or toys. They may cause more irritation to the gums.
- Apply herbal or homeopathic medicine remedies containing benzocaine. They may be harmful if swallowed or absorbed through the mouth’s soft tissues.
Call 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers
You may find that your baby experiences a low-grade temperature during teething. Other than that, teething does not cause diarrhea or other symptoms throughout the body. Contact us today if your baby has vomiting, diarrhea or a temperature higher than 101. These signs signal that your baby has another condition besides teething.