How to Deal with Teething problems in Babies

Teething problem in kids

Teething is a first significant milestone in the path of development of a baby, usually starts around 6 months of age, a complete set of 20 primary or first teeth usually develops by age three. However, Biology is the science is exception, every child grows at his own pace, my son had his first pearly whites at the age of 14 months. So, first of all be relax if your kid doesnot have teeth at the age of six months.

A baby is born with tooth germs of milk teeth, embedded in their jaws. With time germs start their journey to erupt in the mouth, accompanied by array of signs and symptoms. Intensity of symptoms while teething may vary from baby to baby. Some kids may be easygoing on teething, may not present many symptoms. Also, your tiny soul may not have much discomfort while small front teeth cutting through gums as compared to large teeth. The period of time that tooth eruption occurs can be very frustrating and stressful for parents, especially first time parents. So, here is a quick guide how can you soothe and help your baby to ease out discomfort of teething.

Teething brings about plethora of symptoms in your baby :

Though local reactiona of teething are well acknowledged. It is still a controversial issue that teething can cause systemic disturbances. As around six months of age , passive immunity due to maternal antibodies wanes. This can become a reason to a wide variety of  other childhood illnesses. So, teething cannot be blamed as a sole culprit to all sufferings a baby bears.

  • Sucking fingers, biting and sucking upon inanimate object
  • Rashes and fissuring on area around mouth due to excessive saliva production.
  • Irritability or fuzziness
  • Loss of appetite for solid foods and increased thrist,
  • Rise in body temperature
  • Diarrhea,
  • Rhinorrhea,
  • Sleeping disturbances,
  • Vomiting
  • Ear rubbing
  • Local symptoms: redness, rashes, swelling, ulceration of the gums.

How to deal with teething problems

We can treat the symptoms by pharmacological or non pharmacological approach. But I don’t recommend self medication of child at home. Please visit a doctor and don’t give any medicine to kid without being prescribed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends offering parental reassurance, massaging the gums, using teething rings and using acetaminophen for 24 hours for the associated pain.

Rubbing Gums:

Give a gentle massage to sored gums of your baby with a chilled spoon/clean finger for one to two minutes .

Give something to bite upon.

As the child is feeling itchiness in gums. Biting upon things can temporarily relieve symptoms and soothe pain, itchiness by applying pressure to sore gums . You can give following things to your kid.

Teething Rings: 

Teething babies love to chew and bite on anything. Teething rings can provide temporary pain relief.

To get maximal relief, chill  the teething rings to freezing temperatures first.The cold temperature of the object causes localized vasoconstriction, which decreases the inflammation.

Precautions

Make sure teething ring is made up of inert material.

Teething rings are made of different types of plastic. Approved teething rings do not cause cavities or choking.

Do not attach teething rings around the neck of the child,  should be attached to the child’s clothes. This is  to avoid risk of strangulation and the ring being repeatedly lost in bedding or being dropped.

Do not  choose fluid filled teething rings, which may leak due to breakage or biting. Solid silicone rings are preferable.

Liquid-filled teething rings should be chilled in the refrigerator, not in the freezer, and should not be sterilized in boiling water or in the dishwasher (unless specified by the manufacturer).

Pacifier (chilled)

Food for Chewing:

Hard sugar-free teething rusks/ breadsticks

Only if your kid is over six months of age Avoid foods that are too hard as these could bruise the gums and cause further pain.

Frozen fruit and vegetables  e.g., peeled cucumber, frozen bananas.

Supervision is needed to ensure that small pieces of food do not break off and pose a choking hazard.

Soothing Sore Chins:

Excessive saliva, drooling and dribbling out of the  mouth can irritate babies’ chin, area around mouth, neck and chest. Soft skin of baby may become dry, chapped and sore. Do not forget to apply a simple barrier cream.

Wipe out drooling saliva with a soft and clean cloth.

Cuddle Therapy:

Love is a great medicine, it can work wonders for your kid in the hard time of teething. A little extra tender loving care can ease your baby’s pain. Try to  distract your child from the pain with activities such as reading, singing or playing or engaging into activities, your baby love to do.

Pharmacological approach 

This will provide more objective pain relief for longer duration and aim at either numbing the area or eliminationg pain. Visit your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe preparations of analgesic gels containing paracetamol, ibuprofen and choline salicylate, applied on the sore gums.

Precautions

Donot self medicate your baby

Teething preparations should be kept out of reach of children to eliminate the chance of overdose.

Medicines for teething should not be added to a feeding bottle or food because it is difficult to monitor the dose given. Additionally, the active ingredient of the medication could interact with food.

Don’t apply alcohol to the mucous membrane of an infant, it has no pain-relieving effect..

Do not add honey, jam or sugar to a feeding bottle, or dipping a pacifier in a sugary food substance. These remedies have no pain-relieving effect and can cause dental decay and pain.

 

 

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