Teething is the process by which an infant’s first teeth often called “baby teeth” or “milk teeth” sequentially appear by emerging through the gums, typically arriving in pairs. Most babies get their first tooth at around 6 months, but your child’s teeth may appear as early as 3 months or as late as 14, depending on such factors as when Mom and Dad started sprouting teeth.
It can be a frustrating time for many parents, as babies and children can become unsettled when they teethe. Children experience teething differently – from when teeth emerge to the types of symptoms they have and how much pain they feel. Here’s how to spot the signs that your baby is teething, so you can offer remedies to treat the discomfort.
Symptoms of teething:
Symptoms of teething often occur a few days (or even weeks) before the tooth comes through the gum. Common symptoms and signs include:
- → Drooling
- → Irritability
- → A tooth visible below the gum
- → Swollen, bulging gums
- → Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything she can get her hands on
- → Ear pulling, cheek rubbing
- → Difficulty sleeping
- → Refusal to feed
Natural remedies to soothe baby’s sore gums:
If you’re looking for safe ways to soothe your baby’s sore mouth, read on for natural ways to get the smile back.
- → Cold is a very popular, and simple, remedy for teething pain. Chilled fruits cut into small cubes can help your little one to get relief from tooth ache and soothes her sore gums.
- → Teething babies love to feel pressure on their gums because it helps distract their brain from the sensation of teething pain. A clean adult finger, placed gently on a baby’s gum or doing massage, can be enough to ease the pain.
- → Try to distract a fussy, teething baby by playing. You can often soothe your child simply by getting her mind off the pain. Give her more one-on-one time or offer her a new toy.
- → Try a refrigerated teether. Don’t store the teether in the freezer because when frozen it can get hard enough to damage a baby’s gums.