Posted on 5/29/2020 by Kids First Pediatric Dentistry
Baby teeth, also called 'milk teeth', begin showing up usually around six months of age, but the teething process begins much earlier than that. While it can be a challenging time when your child is irritable, restless, fussy, and even resistant to food, there are plenty of things that you as a parent can do to ease the pain.
Teething Signs And Treatments
Your baby may not be able to talk yet, but they can sure tell you if something is causing them pain and discomfort. You may notice that your baby is drooling more, or chewing on his/her hands and toys more. These are early signs that the teeth are forming and beginning to erupt from the gums. Tugging at the ears is another common nonverbal sign that your child is experiencing mouth pain. When you've determined that your child is teething and it's not something more serious, you can ease the process. After washing your hands, give your baby a gentle gum massage, one or two fingers with gentle pressure, massage the gums using small, circular motion. Massaging the gums with a cold, damp washcloth is also effective. Keep a couple of damp washcloths in a plastic zip top bag in the fridge or freezer. This will get them nice and cold and the roughness of the wash cloth not only cleans your baby's mouth, but soothes the gums. Chilled teething toys and rings are another option, along with cold foods that your child is already used to eating. Anything chilled on the gums is a great way to help make teething easier. Once your baby has a tooth, give us a call! It's important that your baby comes to see us prior to their first birthday, so that we can work together with you to ensure that good oral hygiene is practiced from the beginning. Teething can be a trying time, but together, we can ease that process! Good luck and don't hesitate to give us a call with any questions or concerns!