How Do I Know If My Baby Is Teething?
Your baby’s teeth may appear with no apparent problems at all, but it could equally be painful and uncomfortable for them. There are many indications that your baby could be teething, including:
– Red and swollen gums
– Flushed cheeks
– Biting or rubbing gums
– Irritable and unsettled
Though your babies teeth are formed in the womb, they are pushing through already formed gums, and this can be painful for your child. Remember when your wisdom teeth came through? This is exactly the same thing, but there are often several teeth that come through at the same time. Your baby may get a fever just before a tooth comes through, but this should be treated separately to teething.
How Should I Soothe My Baby’s Teething Pains?
There are many ways that you can soothe teething pains, and they don’t have to be pain relief products or teething gels. Give your baby something cold to bite upon and you will relieve the worst of the pain and the pressure. This could be anything from a cold spoon to frozen fruit and veg. be careful when it comes to fruit and veg however, as these should only be given to babies that are on solids and have been introduced to the food you’re giving them. A banana is a great choice as it is relatively soft when thawed.
You could also give your baby teething rings to ease the pain. There are many available, and they come in all forms, take a look at the ones on offer from Amber Pumpkin. You can even buy jewellery that you can wear but your baby can chew on to their hearts content. There is some controversy over liquid filled and solid teethers. Some argue that liquid filled ones are better as they can be put in the fridge or freezer and will become cooler than a solid teether. On the other hand, it can be argued that liquid teethers are dangerous because they could burst in your baby’s mouth.
Teething gels ease pain and combat infection as they contain an anaesthetic and an antiseptic, which means that you can only give them to your child a certain number of times a day. They are usually only suitable for babies in a lot of pain or used infrequently.