Congratulations! Your little bundle of joy is growing their first teeth! Whether this is your first child or your fourth, dealing with teething can be a real pain. Luckily, we have some tips for helping your baby get through this tough time.
Signs of Teething
Do you see any swollen gums? That’s the first sign of teething trouble. A low-grade fever around 101 degrees is another sign, but it can be worrying for more than one reason. If your baby has trouble sleeping when it normally sleeps all the time or seems to have no appetite, then it could also tell you that teething is about to start or is happening right now. If you notice that your baby has started to bite things and chew on them or you see teeth erupting from out of the gums, then those are all signs of teething as well.
Signs You Can’t See
Sadly, some signs are harder to spot. You might think that they have to do with a cold or even the flu, especially in the wintertime. If you notice a rash spreading across your baby’s face, blood blisters forming on the gums or unusually large lymph nodes, then these are all signs of teething that are commonly misdiagnosed as something else. The rash comes from excess drool covering their face because more saliva than usual is being produced.
Making the Pain Better
Luckily, there are some things you can do to make the better. Easing the pain of teething starts with massaging your baby’s gums. This is soothing and helps make some of the pain lift. Try a teething ring that has been cooled down in the fridge or freezer, just be careful not to use one with liquid inside. That’s because the ring can split or burst and release the liquid inside it. You can also try using cold fruits and water with a little ice. There is often a hot type of pain that goes with teething, and something cold can help. That’s why teething rings or pops are so effective. Switch out bibs to help deal with all of the extra drooling, and if your baby’s condition worsens, then it’s time to take them to the dentist or to the doctor as soon as you can!
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