Teething can be an infant’s or toddler’s most miserable period in early life. The drooling, itchy red gums, fussiness, and crying all make for an unhappy kid. This is also a difficult time for parents as well who have to find ways to calm, soothe, and help their kids through the ordeal that is teething. They may not be equipped with the right resources for them to best pacify their teething child. Here’s a quick guide to baby teething that may help you to have a far less tedious time easing your child’s teething pains.
It’s typical for babies to begin teething around 6 months; however, this is not set in stone as timing varies from baby to baby. The first two teeth to come through are typically the lower central incisors or the bottom front teeth with the two upper central incisors appearing after.
No parent wants to see their child experiencing discomfort and there are ways to ease a teething baby’s symptoms.
In the interest of your child’s safety, avoid over-the-counter remedies, like homeopathic teething tablets and teething gels that have not been adequately demonstrated to be beneficial and pain-relievers with the ingredient benzocaine or lidocaine. Furthermore, some labeling is misleading and some of these products can prove to be quite dangerous. It’s also a good idea to stay away from choking and strangulation hazards, like teething anklets, bracelets, and necklaces. If you have questions about appropriate teething solutions consider talking to your child’s dentist.
Home treatment is typically what’s required for teething. However, if your baby appears to be experiencing unusual discomfort or if teething prevents the baby from sufficiently eating and drinking, there is cause for concern and it’s time to call the pediatrician.
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