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Helping your baby through teething

Teething is a natural progression for your baby in order to adapt to the adult food. Teething may be painful for your baby, although many babies pass the stage of teething without any signs of discomfort or uneasiness. There are many others who find it difficult to bear the pain of teething. For parents, the best way out is to remain calm and try to keep their babies calm as well.

Symptoms of teething.

The process generally begins at 5-6 months of age and carries on until 2 years. A baby is teething when she shows signs like, drooling, redness in cheeks, sore gums, irritation in gums, low appetite, disturbed sleep at night due to pain and trying to bite or chew everything.

Remedies to soothe aching gums and soreness.

There are many ways by which you can help your baby tackle the pain of teething. These remedies help to soothe the aching gums and soreness. Here are some remedial ways you can try out.

Teethers relax their gums. Teethers and teething rings have been an age-old remedy for teething pain all over the globe. These substances are cool and help soothe the aching gums. Nowadays, teethers are also available in soft plastic filled with liquid. These teethers can be preserved under refrigeration and should be sterilized before they are given to the babies. As the babies chew into them, they can sink their sore gums in the soft teethers, relaxing their pain.

Cold foods cool the gums. Finger foods like carrots can be chilled and given to babies. They can cool their sore gums by chewing on the foods. Be sure to be watchful to prevent choking from very small pieces of food getting stuck in her throat. You can also try out fruits like apple, pear, peaches etc.

Ice works as anesthesia. Give your baby an ice popsicle. It gently anaesthetizes and soothes the sore gums while the coldness calms the baby. Drawing water into a pacifier and freezing it is another way to offer relief to a teething baby. The cold pressure on the gums relaxes the pain without making the baby’s fingers cold.

Persistent chewing helps. Your baby always needs something to chew on. Make sure that whatever your baby uses is clean to prevent her from infections. The practice of sterilizing the toys, teething and chewing aids is a must.

Pressing the gums relieve. Use a clean finger to press the swollen gums to create counter pressure on the emerging tooth. This temporarily relieves discomfort.

Mother’s touch is the best healer. Breastfeeding and skin to skin contact has been considered to be pain-relieving during medical interventions of babies. Many babies instinctively want to be nursed more during teething. Nursing also has the added benefit of helping the baby’s teeth align correctly and prevent malocclusion later.

Mother’s love and caressing has the most soothing effect than all the remedies put together. During teething, babies need extra love. If the baby still continues to be in pain, consult the pediatrician, who may advise some medicines for the aching gums.

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