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When Your Baby is Teething

Posted Nov 23 2009 10:00pm

Baby teething is one baby milestone parents always dread.  The constant crying, sleepless nights and the biting.  Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?  The good news is yes, the not so good news is no one knows how long it will last.

Baby teething usually begins somewhere between three months and a year old.  Obvious signs of baby teething include; drooling, crankiness, wakefulness, crying, biting, chewing and tender gums.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Other signs can be less obvious than others.  They may refuse food or may not be drinking milk, they may have a rash around the mouth, and there may be a runny nose.

Soothing Remedies for Your Teething Baby

You can soothe sore gums by letting them chew or suck on chilled teething rings, frozen baby bagels or popsicles.  When teething keeps your child from sleeping, you may need to use baby Motrin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  You can get the right dosage of these medicines from your doctor or pharmacist.  You can also massage their gums and mouth to relieve some pain.  Massaging their gums equalizes the pressure on the gums as the tooth pushes up from below.  Keeping a chilled pacifier in the fridge can also help relieve some pain.  Lots of parents say that letting their child suck on a cold, wet washcloth helps.  The bonus of this remedy is that the washcloth absorbs up some of that extra drool that drenches baby from head to toe!

Parents want to do whatever it takes to make their teething baby feel better; stockpiling medicine, oral gels, teething aids and tips from your friends may be able to help you through the worst teething.  Homeopathic pain pills may also be useful: Hylans makes a baby teething remedy that is regarded as safe and effective.

Although it may seem that the teething process is going to last forever, it does come to an end.  Just take some extra time to make sure that your baby is comfortable so that you can be too.

Find more help to get more sleep for you and your baby at Child n’Parent.

By:  EA Walker

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