Has your sweet and smiley baby all of a sudden turned cranky and clingy? Chances are if your baby is between 6 and 10 months of age, this is because they are going through teething. This completely natural process can be a difficult and trying time both for you as the parent and your baby. This post uncovers what’s exactly going on in your baby’s mouth and how to offer them relief for the pain.
A Brief History of Your Baby’s Teeth
Generally, when your baby was born, their teeth were partly developed, but are below the gumline and invisible. They will have two sets of teeth during their lifetime and this first set is called the primary teeth.
The process known as teething is when a baby’s primary teeth begin to appear. Their teeth move upward and with time, break through their gums.
Common Signs of Teething
The most common signs of teething to look out for are:
- More biting
- Loss of appetite
- More drooling
- Rash around the mouth area
- More sucking
- Ear pulling
- Difficulty sleeping
- Teething fever
We’ve compiled several of the most tried-and-true tips for comforting your baby during this painful period.
Ice is a very popular and simple remedy. You can freeze a number of safe items for your baby to gnaw and chew on, such as: frozen chopped banana slices, frozen washcloth, or frozen teethers. Just be sure to keep an eye on your baby and to not give them a possible choking hazard.
With clean hands, give your baby a little gum massage. This pressure will feel good and may offer some relief. Even better, massage their sore gums with that frozen washcloth for added comfort!
Milk or Formula Popsicles
Teething can possibly affect your baby’s appetite because the pain in their mouth is greater than their hunger cues. A simple and clever way to give your baby relief and nutrients is to freeze your breastmilk or formula into popsicles!
Don’t Be Afraid to Call Your Dentist
We at Revitalizing Smiles are here for your entire family, young and old. If you have a concern or question, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (866) 373-7364!
And lastly, be sure to give your baby lots of cuddles and love during this time. Your comforting presence will oftentimes be the best soother of any pain!