Just when you think you finally can get some sleep and your sweet baby is into a routine, all of a sudden things turn on a dime. They are cranky, cry and keep you up at night, and it’s deja vu all over again. You are now officially navigating through teething. Here are some tips to make it a bit less traumatic for you and your baby.
Common Signs Of Teething
Beginning about 4 months, signs of teething include irritability, disrupted sleep, drooling, loss of appetite, and a low grade fever (anything over 100.4 is not related to teething). In addition, you may notice your baby is grabbing anything and putting it in his or her mouth. Gums may be inflamed and a rash around the mouth may develop.
Solutions To Soothe Everyone
Mom, dad, siblings, and baby all suffer through teething, but there are some solutions to make it through with a smile.
Cool items will satisfy their needs. Teething rings can be put into the fridge. Dip your finger in ice water and let them suck on it. Massage their gums with your cool finger or cold spoon to help to calm them and ease their discomfort. Give them a frozen wash cloth to hold on to and put into their mouth. Be sure you are monitoring to prevent any problems.
Cuddle And Rock
Don’t underestimate holding your baby close and rocking them, as this special contact can work wonders. Breastfeeding can help as well to calm and soothe.
Over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol for infants, can help your little one find relief. Contact Pediatric Associates with any questions on dosage.
Making funny faces and sounds is a great way to make your baby laugh and forget their uncomfortable gums, at least for a while.
Other suggestions include:
- Dip a Q tip in vanilla extract and apply gently to gums
- Make your own popsicles from fruit juice and let baby gnaw on them
- Give them a bath to distract them from the discomfort and to change the scenery
- Try frozen eggo waffles, which will slowly melt into a mush they will love
- Rub your baby’s face, jaw, and gums several times a day in a circular motion to relax and soothe
If your baby’s symptoms do not improve, contact Pediatric Associates, especially if they have a fever over 100.4 and they are coughing. It could be more than just teething.
Pediatric Associates is here to help your little one navigate through teething. When in doubt, schedule a visit with one of our locations.