So your baby just started teething? Ahh! Actually for a lot of babies it’s really not that bad, (2 out of 3 of mine that have gone through this were only slightly fussy with fevers) but for some it’s horribly painful and sad 😦 (My other one).
Babies can start teething as early as 3 months, but can hold out until 12 months or older.
Some signs your baby might be teething:
- Rash (on cheeks, some babies get diaper rash)
- Pulling at ear or Rubbing of cheek
- Refusing to eat
- Waking a lot at night
- Swelling of gums
- Slight fever (less than 100 F)
Some tips to help you comfort your baby:
- Cold wash cloths.
- If you don’t have access to a teether. You can take a washcloth, wet the corner, ring it out and put it in the freezer, when it is cold but not completely frozen give it to baby to chew on.
- Remember to watch baby close with anything that goes in the mouth.
- Infant Tylenol or Infant Motrin:
- These are both pain reliever/ fever reducers.
- Make sure to talk to your baby’s doctor before giving any over the counter pain medications.
- Counter pressure:
- Pressing gently on babies’ gums with a clean finger or baby toothbrush.
- Comfort baby by holding and cuddling as much as possible.
Please Be aware:
Baby Orajel and other “numbing” gels have been deemed unsafe for children under 2 by the FDA. Read this article for more information: FDA Article regarding Teething Gels
Teething or calming tablets have also been deemed unsafe for children and babies by the FDA. Read this article for more information: FDA Article Regarding Teething Tablets
Teething Necklaces: Have been known to pose a choking hazard.
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