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July 14, 2020 2 Comments

Teething. The one stage you, as a parent, wish you could just skip over. Watching your sweet baby turn irritable, cranky, and in pain can be heart-wrenching! That’s why it’s important to be proactive and do your research in advance, so you know what to expect when your baby starts teething by knowing the signs and symptoms of teething, what you can do to keep their new teeth healthy, and tips you can try to help soothe their soreness.

Signs & Symptoms of Teething

Babies can start teething anywhere from three months to one year of age. Each baby is different and starts teething at different times. During this three month - one year age range, your baby may start drooling excessively, chewing on things constantly, and may become cranky. These all might be early signs of teething in your baby.

According to Web MD, here are more signs and symptoms of teething:

  • Swollen, sore, or tender gums
  • Fussiness and crying
  • A slightly raised temperature (less than 101 F)
  • Gnawing or wanting to chew on hard things
  • Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooling more than usual


If you suspect your baby is teething, but they are experiencing the following symptoms, you may want to contact your doctor:

  • Abnormal, high fever (over 101 F)
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash

 

Teething Tips

Keep in mind, what works for one baby might not work for another baby. Here are some tips to provide relief from teething:

Baby Munchable Teethers Organic Teething Wafers

Nosh Foods artisan style rice teethers are super popular with the under-four-feet crowd. Gentle on gums, quick-dissolving, and made with premium japonica rice, these munchable teethers are the perfect first snack for babies that will provide comfort while they are teething.

Massage sore gums with a clean finger

Massaging their gums offers pressure on the sore areas and can provide relief from their teething symptoms.

The power of cold chewables

Teething rings and a cool spoon will be your best friends during this stage. The cold pressure on your baby's gums will not only provide teething symptom relief but will reduce blood flow to that area. The reduced blood flow can help reduce swelling and inflammation.

Loss of appetite? Try this.

When babies are teething, it oftentimes overpowers hunger cues. You can beat their loss of appetite and provide relief from teething symptoms by freezing breast milk or formula for them to chew on.

Teething Remedies to Avoid

According to Mayo Clinic, avoid homeopathic teething tablets. The tablets commonly contain belladonna, which has been known to cause seizures and difficulty breathing. Also be sure to avoid these teething remedies, as there is no evidence that shows they provide relief and either contain fatal ingredients to your baby or pose a choking hazard:

  • Any over-the-counter remedy that contains benzocaine or lidocaine
  • Teething necklaces, bracelets, or anklets

 

Keeping Your Baby’s Teeth Healthy at Home

Once your baby is teething and you see teeth begin to emerge, you’ll want to make sure you know how to keep their new baby teeth healthy. Keep reading to learn more about what you can do:

Make a pediatric dental appointment

When your baby begins teething, you’ll soon after see a little tooth emerge from their gums. What now? The ADA recommends making an appointment with your pediatric dentist once your baby’s first tooth emerges. Your dentist will be able to look into your baby’s mouth and assess if all of their teeth are coming in correctly or if there are any issues.

Start brushing their teeth

You'll want to begin brushing your baby’s teeth to reduce their risk of developing any tooth decay. Add a small amount of fluoride toothpaste to a soft bristle toothbrush twice a day. Avoid putting your baby to bed with a bottle, as the sugars can cling to their teeth and cause baby bottle tooth decay.


Other Nosh Foods Related Blogs:
-Practical Tips for Introducing Your Baby to Solid Foods
-Tips To Know When Your Baby is Hungry


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