Hello there! Glad to have you on my blog! Today I want to discuss teething as it is a very scary subject for every first time mum.
I recall when Arianna got her first two teeth. The news came with a lot of excitement and relief, as I was expecting for the worst during teething, but I was the lucky mum that didn’t had to deal with bad reactions. But I was informed and prepared for anything, as I don’t like to be taken by surprise when it comes to the well being of my family.
As mums we all want to make the best we can to make our babies comfortable, to relieve any pain or stress, but sometimes mother nature makes our job very difficult. Teething can start at any time, but mostly between 4 and 7 months and can have a range of symptoms.
The signs that your little one is getting ready to show off some teeth consist mainly in excessive dribbling, trying to chew or suck anything most of the time, inflamed gums and even visible tooth through the gums, crying and irritability, problems with feeding and/or sleeping, but some babies might have only few or no symptoms at all. It is not proven scientifically that teething can cause diarrhoea or fever, but most mums say it does.
On the market, nowadays, you can find a lot of products meant to help ease the symptoms of teething, like teething rings, gels, toys, cooling accessories. The instructions are very important as I have heard of cases when the parents didn’t read the instructions on a cooling toy and the baby got a bad cold because they offered a frozen toy instead of a cold one (!). For Arianna I only used the teething gel when her gums were bulging and it worked miracles (I used it, myself, for a painful tooth as well as a temporary method until I got to a dentist and it was so great!!).
It was recommended to me that gripe water , besides its benefits for digestion and relieving trapped wind can also help your teething baby be more comfortable. I guess you can use it to prevent, mostly, and the baby only has to win from having it.
A healthy and handy method to massage those gums is to offer your baby some hard fruits and vegetables to chew on, like carrots or apples, but never leave your baby unattended when offering these to prevent a chocking episode.
Small doses of Paracetamol and Ibuprofen (for babies) can be offered to relieve any pain, and if your little one has a mild fever, it will be taken down by the medication as well. Be aware though that if your baby becomes ill needs urgent medical attention as teething is not supposed to make your baby vomit, to have a fever, consistent diarrhoea or constipation.
Keeping your baby busy though is the best way to distract her from the discomfort caused by teething or any pain. See a list of activities you can do with a newborn or a 3-6 months old on the links attached.
Excessive drooling can cause face rashes, so don’t forget to keep your babies face dried most of the time. If a rash though occurs, don’t try to use any cream for it as it will heal easily if you maintain a clean and dry face. If it doesn’t show any signs of getting any better please contact your GP or any health professional for advice.
When the little teeth make an appearance you are responsible to take care of them. Find a dentist for your baby and have a first visit (as it is recommended in the Red Book as well) and your doctor will tell you everything you need to know.
We went last month to see the dentist and we were told to brush her teeth twice a day or just to give her the toothbrush and she will chew it, helping her to massage those gums and clean her teeth in the same time. We can put a very small amount of special fluoride toothpaste for babies on it as well to make her used with the taste of it. We are going back to the dentist in another 6 months to check her teeth, but mainly to make her used with the dentist chair and utensils. She received a sticker as well!
The theory may be so simple, but I know in reality it seems like forever when your baby is suffering and that you are not able to take away the source of it. It is heart breaking, but just remember that nothing is better than a cuddle from mommy.
I hope my post was informative for you all and if you have other tips and tricks to share please leave a comment down below.
Have a great weekend and I will see you back here next Friday!