Baby is teething—how can the pain be relieved?

Teething is an important step in your baby's life and in yours. Unfortunately, it can be accompanied with some discomfort. Learn more about how to relieve the symptoms associated with teething to improve your baby's well-being. 

Teething

Teething generally occurs around the age of six months. However, it can occur earlier, around age three months, or later, at age one year. Usually, all 20 primary teeth will have grown in when your child reaches age three.

Although many children have no teething symptoms at all, others experience some discomfort or, in rare cases, pain. The following are among some of the typical symptoms associated with teething:

  • swelling or redness of the gums
  • increased salivation
  • irritability or more frequent crying
  • tendency to bite or chew objects
  • redness on the cheeks or chin
  • diminished appetite
  • loose stool
  • a slight rise in temperature
  • poorer sleep

Symptoms associated with teething generally begin a few days prior to the tooth piercing the gum. They diminish once the tooth has pierced the gum.

How to provide your child with relief

Although the symptoms associated with teething are not alarming, they can be unpleasant for your child. Here are a few tips to provide your child with relief:

  • Give your child a clean wash cloth to chew on that has been soaked in cold water.
  • Gently rub your baby's gums with your finger. Remember to wash your hands well before doing this.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently massage your baby's gums.
  • Cuddle your child. Babies need to be held, given affection, and hugged. Being reassured will help to relieve their symptoms.
  • Give your baby a rubber teething ring to bite on. Choose a ring that is large so that your little one cannot put it completely inside his/her mouth. Avoid rings that contain a liquid or that might break. For extra relief, the ring can be placed in the refrigerator before giving it to your child (do not place it in the freezer to prevent cold burns).

If you are looking for the ideal product to help your child during the teething period, ask the advice of your pharmacist, who can help you choose a durable and safe teething ring for your baby.

Tricks to avoid

Even if you wish to do everything possible to bring your baby relief, it is important to know that some tricks must be avoided to protect your child's health:

  • Avoid the use of teething biscuits. The sugar contained in these biscuits can promote tooth decay.
  • Avoid giving your child pieces of fruit or raw vegetables to bite on (carrots, apples, etc.). This technique is a choking hazard and should never be used for children under age two.
  • Avoid the use of hazelwood necklaces. Not only has their effectiveness not been proven, but they are also a choking hazard.

The role of medication

If the above-mentioned measures have failed to relieve your child, it is possible to use certain over-the-counter medications. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are two medications that treat pain and fever associated with teething. Speak to your pharmacist if you want to give these medications to your child. Pharmacists can advise you about what product to choose and calculate the appropriate dose to give according to your child's weight. In any case, never give your baby aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), as its use is contraindicated before the age of 18 months.

There are also various homeopathic products designed to relieve teething symptoms. Although they can be taken without danger in most cases, it is important to know that their effectiveness has not yet been proven. However, a number of parents have found their use beneficial.

Gels intended to relieve pain by local application to the gums are not recommended. They can be swallowed by your baby and cause significant side effects. Additionally, these products can diminish sensitivity of the throat, thus hampering the swallowing process (the ability to swallow), which increases the risk of choking. Therefore, it should be avoided.

Consult a doctor

It usually isn't necessary to see a doctor when your baby is teething. Teething symptoms are often mild and will dissipate after the teeth have pierced the skin. However, if your child has a high fever (above 41°C) or if it persists, you should see a doctor. This is also true if your child has symptoms of vomiting or persistent diarrhea. If in doubt, speak to your pharmacist.

It is often difficult to pinpoint the source of a baby's pain. Babies cry, make gestures, don't sleep—what is it exactly? Parents are sometimes completely baffled. When they are unable to identify the cause of the issue affecting their child, some of them may have a tendency to conclude that it is due to teething. While some parents are able to figure it out, others remain in the dark. When your child suffers from an unexplained ailment, it is sometimes preferable to see a doctor. Ask your pharmacist for advice if you are unsure if a doctor's visit is necessary.

Consult your pharmacist

As a parent, it is normal to have to deal with small and big health issues that affect your child. It is also completely normal to be concerned about it! Regardless of the small challenges that you will face, remember that you can always count on your pharmacist's availability and expertise. There are solutions for many common and harmless childhood ailments. Many of them do not involve the use of medication! Your pharmacist can help you choose the best options for your child.

Teething is an important step in your child's life. You can ensure that this time remains but a distant memory. Don't forget that your daily tender loving care plays a key role in keeping your child's smile!

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Baby is teething—how can the pain be relieved?

Teething is an important step in your baby's life and in yours. Unfortunately, it can be accompanied with some discomfort. Learn more about how to relieve the symptoms associated with teething to improve your baby's well-being. 
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