Pedodontics, P.C., treats children and teenagers in the Omaha area. While we treat young patients for general dentistry as well as orthodontic treatment, we know that problems with teeth can start as soon as – and right before – they even erupt in your child’s mouth.
What is teething?
Babies typically start teething around six to nine months old, sometimes earlier and sometimes later, when baby teeth begin to push through the gums and become visible. Most children have all 20 of their primary teeth by the age of 3.
How do I know my baby is teething?
If your child is around the ages mentioned above and you start to notice they are more irritable than usual – there’s a good chance they are teething! Other symptoms to watch for include:
- Swollen, red gums
- Chin rash
- Poor sleeping
- Less appetite than usual
- Excessive biting, gnawing, or chewing.
Teething is not a fun time for anyone, but luckily there are ways to alleviate the discomfort. The following five tips can help your baby (and you!) survive teething a little easier.
Cold Will Help Sore Gums
If your little one seems to be in pain from erupting teeth, give them something cold! A chilled pacifier, a child teething ring, or even a wet, cold washcloth to chew on are all ways to take the edge off.
Ease Teething Pain with Pressure
If you can get your (clean) finger inside your baby’s mouth without much of a fight, gently but firmly rubbing their gums will provide pressure that will ease the pain.
Keep Your Baby Comfy During Teething
While your little bundle of joy is acting like a bundle of anger, don’t forget that they are acting out because they are miserable. Keep them comfortable by gently wiping off the extra drool they are producing to avoid getting a rash, by snuggling with them, giving them their favorite blanket and toys, and letting them know that you’re right by their side! They may want some extra love and attention during this time, so soak in those extra baby cuddles while you can!
Distract Baby From Teething Pain
A great thing about babies is they are easy to distract! If your teething tot seems more agitated than usual, try giving them a warm bath! Baths are fun, and relaxing and can be a good way to make them forget about their throbbing gums.
Over The Counter Meds For Teething Pain
If the previous techniques don’t help, or your little one seems to be in an excessive amount of pain, consult with your child’s doctor to determine which over-the-counter medication is recommended for their age and weight. Sometimes a little infant acetaminophen will give the relief needed for everyone to get a bit of rest.
Schedule a pediatric appointment at Pedodontics, P.C.
We care about your child’s teeth during every age and stage of development! If you have any further questions about helping your teething child or other pediatric dental concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by calling (402) 330-5913