How to help your baby during teething?
Teething can be a really frustrating phase for your little one and yourself. Ask any mom and she will regale tales of her baby’s teething phase. Do you keep wondering ‘how long does this last’? Then this post is for you. Read how to help your baby during teething.
How long does teething ACTUALLY last?
Babies seem visibly distressed when they are teething. They are cranky, unable to sleep and do not seem to have an appetite. Mothers also complain of fever, a runny nose, and even diarrhea. Scientific reports say that there is no correlation between diarrhea and teething but ask any mom who has suffered and she will say ‘that’s just not true’. In my own case, my baby did not have any instances of diarrhea but did go down with a fever and runny nose. The discomfort is for over a week and then peaks for about 2-3 days before the actual tooth comes out.
When you think the teething is over, your little one is likely to go through the same again in another 2 months. It’s best to know the order in which these teeth come out, so you have an idea of what’s next.
But before that, let’s get to know which teeth is called what, so when your doctor says, maybe his molars are coming out, you know exactly which ones they are.
But why does my baby seem so much in distress?
Teething is painful because the teeth literally cut through the gum. This is probably the first kind of painful experience your baby has so it is time to shower her with kisses and hugs to help her deal with the pain.
Sure Shot Signs your little one is teething
- One sure sign is swollen red gums!
- Cheeks that look red – ‘Red’ not cute
- He makes a face like he is smiling but he is actually not – its just a movement of his facial muscles that make him feel better. It is more like a smirk and he shrinks his eyes in the process
See reference image below
- Rashes on face – this is from excessive drooling
- Drool baby drool
- A lot more drool
- Putting fist in the mouth
- Tugging at the ear constantly – if he is getting a tooth on the right side, he’ll keep pulling his right ear
- Trying to bite mom and dad with all vengeance
- Does not want to breastfeed – Yay? NO!
- Irritability and frustration
- Loss of appetite
- Mild fever
How can you comfort your teething baby?
- Give her something cold – for older babies, even cold water to drink is OK
- Cold fruit purees
- A cold washcloth also helps
- Teething rings put in the freezer also helps your kid
- Massage the swollen gums with a clean finger – put some pressure on the swollen gums to provide some temporary relief
The teething trick that worked for me
I put the ice cream stick in the freezer for ten minutes and then gave it to my bub to chew on. That did seem to give him a lot of relief!
What trick worked for you? Let me know in the comments.