Baby Teething Tips

Posted by DR. LOUIS PAULERIO on Dec 17 2021, 10:06 AM

Although teething is a normal developmental process for all newborns, it does come with its own set of challenges. Teething usually begins around the age of six months, causing sore gums, irritability, drooling, and discomfort.

We frequently assist parents at Point Loma Family Dentistry in San Diego, California, by answering any questions they may have concerning their child's teeth and their development. 

If your baby is teething and you don't know what to do to help them relax, here are 5 baby teething tips that can help.

What You Can Do When Your Your Baby Is Teething 

Here are some baby teething tips you can try: 

Massage the Gums
Applying pressure to your baby's gums may help alleviate discomfort. After thoroughly cleaning your hands, gently massage your baby’s gums with your finger. This will also help the baby relax and fall asleep.

Wipe Away the Drool
Teething is frequently accompanied by drooling, which causes rashes on or around the child's face. This may cause not only discomfort but also discoloration of the newborn's delicate skin.

To prevent teething discomfort caused by skin rashes, you can soothe your teething infant by removing excess drool from their face.

Soothe Sore Gums with a Cold Washcloth
Dip a clean washcloth in water and then place it in the fridge. When it's cold enough to handle, fold it in half and offer it to your baby to gnaw on. This can ease the baby’s teething gums. 

Never leave your child unsupervised while they are sucking on the washcloth, since it may pose a choking hazard.

Give Chilled Fruit to Your Baby 
A pleasant snack of cold mashed bananas might help ease your baby’s sore gums. Place the fruit in a blender to mash it and offer it to your baby. You can also try different other fruits like apples, strawberries, mangoes, or ripe pears.

Consult With Your Child's Doctor About Medication

If none of the baby teething tips above help relieve your baby's teething discomfort, visit your doctor or pediatrician for guidance on using medicine to help with infant teething symptoms.

Teething can be unpleasant for both the baby and the parents. To ensure your child’s teeth and gums develop properly, schedule regular dental appointments as soon as their first teeth emerge.

To contact Point Loma Family Dentistry, call (619) 223-3811 or visit our office at 1635 Rosecrans St Ste A, San Diego, CA 92106.

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