Teething is an issue that occurs in young babies. This usually occurs when the first set of teeth began appearing around the age of six months. Teething may start between three months and as many as 12 months. This will continue until the child is between 2 1/2 and three years old or when they receive all 20 of their primary teeth. Teething usually begins with the bottom row of keys and moves to the upper front teeth. There are several symptoms of teething that new parents should be aware of. There are also several treatments for teething to help soothe the pain of teething that children may be enduring. The following is a list of symptoms as well as the treatment options for teething.
Irritability is usually the first sign that a baby is teething. This is an irritability that parent would notice as being odd or more common than normal. Irritability may seem like small whimpering, crying or fussing. This reaction tends to be due to the soreness or swelling of the baby's gums as the tooth pushes through the gum line. The tooth will cut into the gums to push through causing the child some soreness and possible pain. The irritability symptoms will usually surface within a few days before the tooth cuts to the gum. The good news for parents is that the symptom will generally go away until the next tooth tries to break through the skin.
Chewing and Biting
Some babies may exhibit increased chewing or biting when teething begins. They may chew on their fingers, toys, sides of their crib or playpen or other items in order to soothe the pain and soreness of their gums during the teething process. This is a way to relieve pressure and to stop the soreness for a small amount of time. You may also find is apparent that your baby may choose to not eat or drink due to the pain in their mouth. Some parents have found that using certain treatments, listed later in this guide, are preferable to help their children eat and drink normally as well as to reduce the pain.
Treatments for Teething
There are several treatments that parents can use during the teething process to help reduce the soreness and pain the baby may be feeling. The first and most common form of treatment for teething is to give the baby, infant, or toddler some form of pain reliever. This can be baby Tylenol, baby Abbeville, or baby Motrin. Remember to not give aspirin to a child and when in doubt contact the pediatrician in order to confirm that baby can have a specific pain reliever. A cold teething ring may also be used to help ease soreness and pain in the child's mouth and gum area. Do not allow a child to chew on a cold teething ring for longer than 2 min. Though some babies may resist this procedure they will begin to find it soothing and accept the treatment. Parents may also provide teething appropriate toys and items for the child to chew on. These toys can be found at any baby store or store that carries baby items.