Your baby will probably cut its first tooth sometime in their first seven months of life. The pain associated with teething varies from child to child and the effectiveness of teething remedies is just as varied.
If you have any concerns about the symptoms your child may be experiencing, or you feel they need to take some form of medication to relieve their discomfort always check with your doctor first.
Symptoms and Solutions
As a tooth moves close to the surface of the gum your baby may experiences some of these symptoms.
Irritability – your child may not sleep as well as usual or may be more difficult to settle and generally fussy. You may start to see a reddening of their gums where the tooth is pushing against the skin. You may also find you baby has a hot, red cheek that corresponds to the side of the mouth where the tooth is erupting. They may also pull at their ear particularly when their molars are cutting. If your baby is struggling with the pain consult your health care professional about a suitable pain relief medicine or a gum gel.
Drooling – teething stimulates the production of saliva. An excess of drooling can also cause babies to develop a saliva rash on their chins. Wipe the area frequently and apply a barrier cream if necessary.
Gnawing – babies sometimes like to chew while teething. Teething rings are useful particularly if they are filled with a gel that can be cooled in the fridge. Cool foods such as yoghurt and pureed fruit may also help sooth sore gums.
Diarrhea – this can be caused by an excess of swallowed saliva. Make sure your baby’s nappy is changed frequently; a barrier cream may help protect your baby from nappy rash.
Cold-like symptoms – your baby may run a slight temperature and have a runny nose. Monitor their temperature closely and if you have any concerns see your doctor immediately.
Teething can be difficult for babies and their parents but the discomfort shouldn’t last for more than few days.