Infant Teething: Signs, Symptoms and Remedies for Pain

Attention parents! Get ready to see your little ones drool like never before and chew everything in sight because it’s teething time! When it’s time for your baby’s pearly whites to make their big debut, it doesn’t come without a bit of discomfort and fussiness. But don’t worry because we are here with some expert recommended home remedies that will surely make the teething process a bit more bearable for both you and your baby. Let’s take a look at the baby teething symptoms and the remedies for it.

What is teething?

Teething is a natural process in which a baby’s first teeth, also known as primary teeth or milk teeth, erupt through the gums. “Teething is an important milestone in a baby’s development and typically occurs between 4 months and 3 years. As the teeth break through the gums, babies can experience discomfort and pain,” says Dr Shreya Dubey, Consultant Neonatology and Pediatrics, CK Birla Hospital, Gurugram. Teething is a normal and necessary part of a baby’s development, but parents can help ease their baby’s discomfort by doing a few things.

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Signs and symptoms that your baby is teething

Dr. Dubey explains that some babies don’t show any symptoms, while others show classic symptoms like:

* irritability
* Excessive drooling
* Tendency to bite and chew almost anything.
* Having inflamed and sensitive gums.
* Rub or pull the ears, eyes and nose.
* A slight increase in body temperature (usually less than 38 degrees Celsius).

When the tooth finally comes in, your gums become red and sore. They may experience disrupted sleep patterns and an increase in bowel movements as well. It is essential to keep in mind that these symptoms are normal and are not cause for alarm, but it is always advisable to visit your pediatrician if your baby is not feeling well.

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Your baby might start chewing on anything he finds, so give him teethers! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

Here are some remedies to help soothe your baby’s teething pain:

1. Teethers or teethers

Dr. Dubey advises using teethers for babies. They are toys designed to be chewed on, giving your baby something to chew on to relieve discomfort. They come in various types and sizes, including silicone or plastic rings, and some can be refrigerated or frozen for an added calming effect.

2. Cold wipe

A clean, damp washcloth that has been chilled in the refrigerator can provide immediate relief for your baby’s sore gums. You can also use a frozen washcloth, but be sure to wrap it in a thin cloth or towel to prevent ice burns.

3. Soft-bristled toothbrush

A soft-bristled toothbrush can be used to gently massage your baby’s gums. This helps relieve discomfort and improve circulation, which promotes healing.

4. Fruits and vegetables

Raw fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cucumbers and apples can be given to your baby, if he is over 6 months old, to bite and chew. “They are safe and healthy and provide the necessary pressure that relieves sore and itchy gums,” says Dr. Dubey. However, it is essential to supervise your baby during this process to avoid the risk of suffocation.

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Soft fruits and vegetables will reduce itchy gums due to teething. Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

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5. Gels and teething medicines

Dr. Dubey also suggests that if your baby is experiencing severe pain, you may want to consider using teething gels or medicines. However, it is essential to consult your pediatrician before administering any medication to your baby.

By using these remedies and medications, you can make the teething process more comfortable for your baby. Remember to be very attentive to your baby’s symptoms and consult your pediatrician if necessary.

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