When your little one may be teething if they are fussy and irritable. Common symptoms according to American Dental Association are difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite and increased drooling. It is also normal for their temperature to increase slightly. However, it is not normal if they have a high-grade fever, diarrhea or a rash. If your baby exhibits any of these symptoms call your pediatrician.
Your baby may seem inconsolable while teething but here are some things you can do to soothe and ease their discomfort:
- Massage their gum tissue. The counter pressure of your finger helps ease teething discomfort.
- Use teething rings or even a simple chilled washcloth will work. A clean teether for your child to chew on may also help. Look for teethers made of solid rubber, and avoid liquid-filled teething rings or plastic objects that could break. When chilling teething rings, remember to refrigerate instead of freeze.
- Talk to your pediatrician about pain relief if your little one seems to be having a more difficult time. The FDA warns against using medications that contain the pain reliever benzocaine. In a May 2018 statement they warn, “Benzocaine has been associated with a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced”.
Caring for Baby Teeth
Once the new teeth appear you can begin brushing. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day. Since very young children have not learned to not spit toothpaste, use only a dab of non-fluoridated toothpaste or the size of a grain of rice.
Lakeshore Dental is Here From the Very Beginning
Good oral care starts from the beginning of your child’s life. Lakeshore Dental is here to help you every step of the way! If you have any questions concerning infant oral health care or teething, please feel free to call or make an appointment with us today. Baby teeth may be small but they’re important!