Teething is a natural process wherein primary teeth erupt sequentially in the oral cavity. Starting from 4-6 months up to 3 years of age, a baby develops 20 milk teeth.
Teething Hurts. The process of teething is characterised by continuous contraction and relaxation of periodontal ligaments to make way for the erupting tooth. Though, teething does not cause any sort of injury but rapid contractions and relaxations of the ligaments cause pain and make babies extremely uncomfortable.
Understanding the Process of Teething.
Check if Your Baby is Teething. Feel your baby’s gums with your clean finger and check for swollen gums if any. If the baby’s crying reduces after you touch the gum, the baby may be teething. Putting gentle pressure with your finger on her sore gums relieves pain and discomfort and the baby may stop crying.
Initial Stages of Teething are Most Painful. Discomfort and pain is extreme when the first set of teeth appears and causes more stress and sleepless nights in some babies. After that the pain and discomfort lessen, most babies can endure it to a great extent. Though, some babies may find it hard to sleep even with later eruptions.
Sleep Disturbances Due to Teething. Discomfort caused by teething can be painful for your baby and can interfere with her sleep. A baby who is teething tends to wake up several times in the night and cry as if something is hurting her.
Easing Your Baby’s Teething Tensions.
You need to take care of your baby all the more when she is going through a tough teething phase.
Gentle Massage is Soothing. Try to soothe the baby by gently massaging her gums with your fingers or by giving her a teether. The baby is likely to reject the breast for a while because suckling increases blood flow to the gums and makes them more sensitive and increases the discomfort. Massage your baby’s sore gums gently with a clean finger or allow her to chew on a clean frozen corner of a washcloth. This will not only absorb her saliva but also soothe her aching gums.
You can also try out some other ways that may efficiently ease out your baby’s teething distress.
Handling Your Baby’s Teething Troubles.
If your baby is crying in pain and is unable to sleep because of that, try to ease out her discomfort with gentle home remedies. Once the crying reduces and your baby appears calmer, put her back in the crib and allow her to go back to sleep. If she seems hungry, feed her before putting her back to sleep. If your baby doesn’t appear to calm down, consult your paediatrician and give medicines in recommended doses only.