Baby’s first teeth usually begin to emerge when they are about six months of age. That’s just the average. However, each child is different, and some babies don’t start getting their teeth until closer to their first birthday. Others start the teething process at three or four months of age. No matter when your baby begins the teething process, it’s important to know how to care for them and keep them as comfortable as possible. You may need to experiment a little bit and find what works best for your baby.
Ways to Help Your Teething Baby
Using Teething Rings
A teething ring provides your baby something to chew on safely. For some babies, this helps ease their discomfort or at least distract them from any pain they may be experiencing. There are many different types of teething rings and some can be cooled in the fridge. This may help to soothe the baby’s gums. The teething ring will come with instructions that explain how long it needs to be cooled to be effective. Do not put a teething ring in the freezer as this can damage your baby’s gums
Help Manage Pain
If your baby is old enough, you can use children’s Tylenol or children’s ibuprofen to minimize pain and fussiness. Be sure to read the label to ensure you safely medicate your baby. Discuss which medications are right for your child with your pediatrician or with your Libertyville dentist.
Preventing Teething Rashes
One of the first signs you may notice that lets you know when your baby starts teething is an increased amount of drool. Sometimes when they drool a lot, it can cause a mild rash on their chin. Try to use a soft rag to keep the area dry to help prevent a rash from developing.
Massaging Your Baby’s Gums
If your baby is uncomfortable and fussy, massaging their gums with your finger can provide them some relief. The pressure of your finger can help ease teething pain. You may also give them a cold washrag to chew on to help their gums feel better.
Dental Care Once Teeth Appear
It is recommended for children to visit the dentist by the time they are one year of age. For those who begin teething and have teeth early, they should see a dentist by six months after their first tooth appears. Parents should start oral care as soon as teeth appear. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush your baby’s teeth twice a day. Use a non-fluoridated toothpaste until your baby can spit.
Symptoms of A Teething Baby
Most babies who start teething will become a bit fussy and irritable. They may have interrupted sleep patterns, increased drooling, a runny nose, and a decrease in their appetite. They may also run a low fever during teething.
When to Call for Help
Most children do not have serious problems when teething. While it’s normal for them to run a low-grade fever, you should contact a medical professional if they begin running a high fever. Even though they may have some changes in appetite and eating habits, they should not have any drastic changes to their bowel movements. You should call your primary care physician if your child:
- Starts running a high fever
- Pulls on their ears
- Has diarrhea or develops a severe diaper rash
- Is 18 month of age and hasn’t begun teething
Contact Attar Smiles
If you have any questions or concerns about your child and teething, don’t hesitate to call our offices. Dr. Attar and his professional dental team are committed to caring for the whole family. Call us today to schedule a routine exam for you or your child. We are here to take care of you!