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Parenting has its unlikable parts, and teething is probably one of the top five. Many parents fear teething, myself included. Teething can change the happiest kid into a bad-tempered, irritable and crabby little thing. It can be a nightmare no matter how many times you’ve been through it before.
Usually teething starts around six months and can last, on and off, anywhere from 3 to 12 months. The discomfort is because of baby teeth cutting the gums as they are growing. Now, how do you know when it’s starting? The child may refuse to feed, cries often and stays cranky. Some other kids may ask for more feeds in an effort to find some comfort. Other symptoms can include drooling, wanting to chew on absolutely anything, puffy red gums, or even a slight fever. If you notice some of these in your baby, chances are the teething stage has started.
Is there a way to make them feel better? Of course there is! Here are some of my best tips for soothing my baby boy’s teething.
Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.
- Rubbing Gums – Sounds simple, but it works! Just gently rub your baby’s gums with the pad of your clean finger for a few minutes at a time.
- Infants’ Pain Reliever – The right dose of children’s pain reliever can soothe the pain of teething. My go-to is and has always been Infants’ TYLENOL® Oral Suspension. TYLENOL® is the brand recommended most by pediatricians for pain due to teething, and I love it even more because it’s gentle doesn’t upset his tiny stomach.
To read more teething baby tips and tricks, head over to HealthyEssentials.com for the full blog post!
Note that if your child is under 2 years of age, you should ask your doctor about dosing instructions and use only as directed.