Baby Care Basics: Teething

Teething can be a different experience for every baby. Some babies fill out their smiles without shedding a tear, and others feel a great deal of discomfort along the way. Here is how to spot a teething baby and three baby care basics that can definitely help ease your child’s teething pain.

Tips to determine if your baby is teething:

When babies are teething they tend to become fussier. Some babies bite their fingers and toys to try to self-soothe and relieve the pain the emerging teeth cause. By 10 to 12 months, your baby should have quite a few teeth that you can actually see. If teething is the cause of your baby’s discomfort, you may want to give of these tried and true teething remedies a go

1. Teething Rings

Teething rings are very helpful for easing your baby’s pain. They should, however, be made from a strong rubber. The ones that you freeze end up being a little bit more harmful than helpful in making your baby’s pain more manageable. 

2. Chilled Foods

Since your baby has already begun eating solid foods, that opens up a lot of options for helping to treat her teething pain. Offering her chilled snacks, like applesauce or yogurt, for instance, can do wonders for a baby suffering from teething pains by soothing and comforting her gums. 

3. Pain reliever

There are various opinions on whether teething itself brings on fever. Many say it doesn’t, though some babies get low-grade fevers just before the first tooth erupts. You love your baby and don’t want to see her suffer, so it’s always good to have an infant pain reliever on hand for times like these to help provide a little relief and cool your baby down.

Once you establish your baby is teething you’ll want to do all you can to help her through this stage of development.  Continue to comfort her as you always do and hopefully you’ll find a remedy that’s the perfect fix for her.