A Parent’s Guide to Teething
The baby’s irritable — he won’t stop gumming on everything, his drool is becoming like a coursing river that he’s getting rashes around his mouth, and he doesn’t have the same appetite. Congratulations, you have a teething little one.
Along with those signs, you can expect extreme crankiness, loose bowel movement, ear rubbing, eruption cysts (nothing to worry about as these are just small bubble-like swellings filled with the fluid that covers teeth that are ready to erupt), and slight fever at some point. It goes without saying that it’s going to be a difficult time — not just for the child, but also for the entire family.
As a parent, your only desire during this time is to reduce the discomfort of your beloved child because when he’s okay with things, normal family dynamics will be restored. The house will quiet down and you’ll be able to get the sleep that you all need.
To decrease your child’s physical discomfort, Dr. Rudi As-Sanie has some pointers for you to follow. Here is a parent’s guide to teething woes and the effective solutions for them.
- For those swollen gums, a cold temperature is the solution. Purchase BPA-, PVC-, and phthalate-free, medical grade silicone teethers that are also microwave- and dishwasher-safe. Chill them in the freezer and give one to the little one when he’s ready for a gnaw-fest.
Having a couple or several of these teethers will make it easier for you to keep the little one happy. When one’s no longer cold enough to numb the itchiness and soreness of the gums, you can easily replace it with a different one. It helps a lot to have different teethers on rotation to provide the little one some relief.
- To address a poor appetite, chilling fruits like pears, grapes, and apple slices for your baby to eat can help. According to Dental Reflections Dublin, your child will appreciate the cold temperature of the snacks. At the same time, he’ll cease feeling hungry, which is likely one of the reasons why he’s cranky.
- Changing your baby’s diet can ease LBM and fever. Avoid anything that has a high sugar content and instead provide more natural foods like avocados, sweet potatoes, and eggs. It may also help to avoid foods with gluten because it’s an irritant for a lot of babies.
- And lastly, massage can take care of the ear rubbing and the sore gums. Clean your hands and treat your baby’s gums and ears to some careful kneading. Not only can it reduce the discomforts that your child is feeling, but you’re also creating an intimate moment with him. Most babies fall asleep when they experience such a massage.
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