Calling all new parents! Did you know that babies typically will get their first tooth anywhere between 4 months to even after their first birthday? I remember my little one got her first tooth when she was about 6 months old, and I made sure to get all the adorable “toothy grin” photos that I could.
But as I’m sure most of you know, with that first tooth comes what is called “teething.” This can be a pretty miserable period at times, for both babies and parents. When babies start teething, they may be a bit cranky, start crying, and develop “teething fever” in addition to sore gums, which is no fun for anyone. I did some research on how to help relieve her discomfort, and came across a few tips that actually worked! Obviously, talk to your pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns.
Tips for Soothing Sore Gums
Pressure works – Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger, or offer a teething ring/pacifier.
Keep things cool – Chill a teething ring, pacifier or wet washcloth – but don’t fully freeze it. Anything too hard can damage your child’s delicate gums. You can also give your child cool, soft foods like frozen bananas or berries if he/she is eating solids.
What to avoid:
Avoid rub-on teething gels or liquids for babies less than 2 years old. Many contain benzocaine, an ingredient that can cause dangerous side effects in young babies.
Stay away from liquid-filled teething rings, as they may burst. Last, never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck for easy access.
How to Keep Your Baby Comfortable
Try a pain medicine containing acetaminophen – such as Infants’ TYLENOL®– to ease pain from teething and reduce fever if your baby is uncomfortable. Use only as directed.