How To Tell If Your Baby Is Teething?
Teething is a very important — albeit frustrating — part of a child’s development. Unfortunately for the child, this can be a very annoying and painful experience for them, that is why we want to offer you some advice on how to be better prepared for this milestone.
Signs That Your Child Is Teething
First of all, it is very important to be mindful of the fact that all children are different and will experience milestones at different stages of their life. However, with saying that, teeth will most often appear in a child’s mouth when they are about nine months old. Although, it is still quite common for this to happen anywhere between 3 – 12 months of age.
If you think that your child is teething, here are some symptoms to keep an eye out for, according to the Department of Health.
- Red swollen gums
- Sucking fingers and fists
- Flushed cheeks
- Pulling the ear on the same side as the erupting tooth
- A slight fever
- Being cranky or restless
It is crucial to remember as well that while this milestone may share symptoms with other illnesses — like a slight fever — it in and of itself does not usually present as an illness. This is why it is crucial to never assume that these symptoms — or more serious ones like vomiting, coughing, diarrhea, etc. — are simply appearing because your child’s teeth are coming through. You should always seek out medical attention whenever your child is showing symptoms of any illness that requires medical intervention.
How To Comfort Your Child While They Are Experience This Milestone
There are many different techniques that may be used to assist your child through this milestone. The methods below are suggested by Better Health Channel. You should always seek the advice of a medical professional before attempting any of these methods yourself.
Massaging – parents may softly massage the gums of their children with a soft, clean, wet cloth or with their clean fingers.
Pain relieving medication – certain medications such as ibuprofen and paracetamol may work well for children, however, they may not be tolerated well by some children and medication should always be verified first by a medical professional.
Drying their drool – While your child is going through this milestone it is likely that they will be drooling a lot. Excess drool on their skin — especially their chin — can irritate them. To prevent this, clean and dry them of their drool frequently.
Using sugar-free biscuits or unsweetened teething rusks – These may be given to children over the age of 6 months old who are already comfortable and confident eating solid food.
Using chilled — not frozen — teething rings or rusks – The cold sensation from the rings or rusks may provide temporary relief from the child’s discomfort. Before using these get professional medical advice, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and avoid products with diisononyl phthalate.
If you do get something approved by your child’s medical professional to help out your little one while they are teething, it may be wise to have an essential in your pram bag.
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