How Can I Help My Infant During The Teething Process
There are many times and events in an infant’s life that are exciting for both the baby and the parents when the child laughs for the first time or says his or her first word. It can really be a momentous occasion that everyone remembers for their rest of their lives.
Even the ones that don’t seem that pleasant can have great significance as well. The first time that your infant can relieve him or herself is a major step to you knowing that your baby is fine. The first time the baby screams lets you know they are breathing ok, even if the child likes to remind you of that fact at 2 o’clock in the morning.
These are great events that every parent remembers. There are some, however, that may be important but are not very much fun for anyone. Teething is such an example.
What Is Teething?
Teething is the time when your infant’s teeth first start to develop in the gum line of the mouth. The teeth, known as the primary teeth, will begin to show through the gum line, and will be visible when the child’s mouth is open.
This is a very important step in the development of your infant, but is not a pleasant one for the child. If you think about how you feel when one of your teeth hurt, just imagine what it is like for an infant that has never experienced anything like this before. It can also be much more difficult when there is more than one tooth that is appearing. This can incredibly painful for the little tyke.
You should be aware that the lower front teeth are the ones that usually come in first. Despite the fact that comics usually portray this the other way, it is the lower teeth that will be seen coming out of the gum in most cases.
When Can I Expect My Infant to Start Teething?
If you are wondering when do babies start teething, you should know that it is not very long after they are born. The bottom teeth should start appearing in the front of the mouth about a month or two after he or she is born. They will usually be quite small at first, and may not even be visible to you right away, but you will know by the symptoms your child shows.
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Yes, There Are Symptoms Your Infant Is Teething
Many parents wonder to themselves that if they cannot see the teeth at all, then how are they know that their child is teething. That is a good question. The truth is that your child will show a host of symptoms that will let you know the process of his or her teeth coming in has begun.
You should know that the symptoms of teething may begin at least five days before the teeth start to show. This lets you know what is going on with your baby, as long as you know what the symptoms are.
The first thing to watch for is unusual fussiness. Now, all babies are fussy, but this is out of the ordinary. This is a time that the baby is much more irritable than you have seen to that point. This is one of the earliest signs of teething.
What you will find is that the gums will be very sore for the infant, so they will try to do things that help to relieve that pain. One of the most common things that is seen is to bite on virtually anything they can, including toys and your fingers. The pressure actually helps to make them feel better, and if you find that your child is doing a lot more biting all of a sudden, they may teething.
Drooling is another thing that commonly occurs. This feels better on their gums, and so a lot of saliva is produced during this time. For some babies, the drool will cause a rash on their chins, face and chest. Remember that drooling is common for babies, but it is the excessive amount that tells you that you may have an infant who is teething.
What Can I Do for My Baby During Teething?
There are some simple things that can be done to help your infant feel better. They really don’t take a whole lot of effort on your part, but make a whole lot of difference in the comfort level for your child.
Massage baby's gums
One of the easiest things to do is to rub the gums. Wash your hands, and then take one finger and gently rub the gum line for about two minutes. The baby may resist at first because the area is sensitive, but after about 10 or 15 seconds it will feel better and they will want you to continue. Do not do much longer than two minutes at any time. Excessive rubbing can irritate the skin.
Let them chew on somethings
You can also allow your baby to chew on objects. Make sure that they are safe to have in the mouth. There are many teething rings that you can buy. These can be placed into the refrigerator or freezer, which will only make the baby feel better. A cold object to use as a chewing toy is preferable, primarily because of the soothing effects that it will provide.
Call the Pediatrician
You can also give small doses of over-the-counter pain medicines that are made for infants. These can really help to relieve the pain and make the child a lot more comfortable. If you do not know which one to use, then consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Teething is one of those important steps in the life of your infant, but it can be a tough one for sure. By being aware what to look for and how to help your baby during this time, you can make this a whole lot less painful. This can make the teething time in your infant’s life a lot more enjoyable, which will make your life more enjoyable as well.