How do you know if your baby is actually teething? What signs should you watch for? If your baby is teething, what can you do for your little one? How can you, as their parent and guardian, help them with this painful process? Here are a few ideas on how help your baby through teething.
A baby may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms if they’re teething: swollen gums with a visible lump, profuse drooling, constant rubbing of face or eyes, refusing food, a fussy or cranky attitude, an inability to sleep or restlessness during usual sleeping times, and a need to chew on solid items.
These are the most common symptoms, but other symptoms can go along with it. Similarly, if you notice any of these issues, remember that many remedies are available to help you both survive this painful process. Tylenol and ibuprofen, which are over the counter pain meds, can be used to dull pain. Conversely, there are numbing agents, such as benzocaine, that are topical that can help.
Other solutions include teething soothers such as a refrigerated baby teething ring applying pressure to your child’s gums with a washed finger. You see, biting down on a teething tool helps to break down gum tissue, making it much easier for the tooth for the tooth to break through. Try to stay away from hard or frozen food as this can be a choking hazard.
If you do have a teething baby and have any more questions or concerns, please feel free to give us a call. Our dentist, Dr. Nathan Schwartz, and our team are here to help. Just call Henderson Family Dental at 702-564-2526 or visit our practice to schedule an appointment.