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Teething in Infants - Tips for Parents

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
Dentist and child learn how to brush teethTeething is a normal developmental stage in infants when their first set of teeth, known as baby or primary teeth, emerge through the gums. This process can be uncomfortable for some infants, leading to irritability and fussiness. Here are some tips for parents to help ease the teething process:

Provide Something to Chew On

Offer a clean and safe teething toy for your baby to chew on. Chewing helps to soothe the discomfort and promotes the eruption of the teeth.

Chilled Teething Rings or Washcloths

Cold can help numb the gums and reduce inflammation. Chilled teething rings or a clean, damp washcloth placed in the refrigerator (not the freezer) can provide relief when your baby chews on them.

Gentle Gum Massage

Use a clean finger to gently massage their gums. The pressure can help alleviate some of the discomfort associated with teething.

Teething Biscuits

If your baby has started solids, you can offer teething biscuits designed explicitly for this purpose. Always supervise your baby while they are eating.

Cold Foods

If your baby has started eating solid foods, you can offer chilled, soft foods like yogurt or pureed fruits. Make sure the food is age-appropriate and cut into small, safe pieces.

Pain Relief Gels or Teething Tablets

Consult with your pediatrician before using any over-the-counter teething gels or tablets. Some may contain ingredients that are not recommended for infants. If your pediatrician approves, use them according to the instructions.

Keep the Area Clean

Gently wipe the face, especially around the mouth, to keep the area clean from excessive drool, which is common during teething. Excessive saliva can sometimes cause skin irritation.

Remember that each baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. It is essential to be responsive to the needs of your baby and try different strategies to see what brings them comfort during teething. If you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to seek advice from our pediatric dentist.

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