Is your baby crying, gnawing on his hands and drooling excessively? He’s probably teething, which can certainly cause discomfort in babies. Here are some tips to help you and your baby during this stage.
“I have a 5-month old daughter. Lately, she puts her hand in her mouth as though something is bothering her and she drools a lot. Is she teething? And if so, what do you recommend to calm her discomfort.”
Teething time generally causes discomfort in babies, which in turn worries parents. However, it’s completely normal for your baby to exhibit signs of discomfort when the first teeth begin to show. Let’s look at the dentist’s recommendations.
1. When do babies start teething?
Every child is different, so the pace of teething varies from one child to the next. The first tooth may remain hidden under the gums for weeks before it begins to surface or it may erupt from one day to the next.
The first tooth typically appears between 3 months and 1 year of life, although for the majority of babies, it comes in at 5 or 6 months. Thus, the range is very broad, since it depends on the personal characteristics of each child.
When a tooth is about to surface, the gum begins to swell and turn red. Moreover, you will notice a small white lump. The inflammation is uncomfortable for your child and can sometimes cause pain and irritability.
During this stage, it’s normal for children to eat less and salivate more due to the discomfort and itchiness caused by the stretching of the gingival mucosa. Your child may also feel the need to chew and bite so as to alleviate the discomfort.
2. The ideal products and remedies
A series of products can help alleviate the discomfort caused by teething.
There are pacifiers specifically designed to calm the pain of teething. Since cold temperatures have anti-inflammatory properties, you can also find special teethers that can be chilled in the fridge before giving them to your child.
If the pain is too intense, you can ask your pediatrician to prescribe an oral analgesic cream or gel. These products provide a light anesthetic relief when applied to your baby’s gums.