Ouch! Teething is not fun for anyone, most of all little one. Although the timing can vary, babies often begin teething by about 6 months. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth. Here are some classic signs and symptoms to look out for…
- Chewing on solid objects
- Irritability or crankiness
- Sore or tender gums
So, if you’re teething baby seems uncomfortable, here are the best ways to soothe those sore gums…
Rub your baby’s gums.
Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
Keep it cool.
A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on baby’s gums. Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold can be harmful.
Try hard foods.
If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot. Keep a close eye on your baby, however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
Dry the drool.
Excessive drooling is part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin. Consider applying a moisturizer such as a water-based cream or lotion.
Try an over-the-counter remedy.
If your baby is especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin, others) might help.
Soft material to help soothe.
Dress baby in as comfy clothes as possible and make sure their favorite lovey is close by (our WubbaNub Giraffe Lovey will do the trick)!