Teething can be a challenging phase for both toddlers and parents alike. Most babies begin teething between 3 months and 1 year old, and it can cause discomfort and sleepless nights. However, there are simple steps you can take to keep your toddler more comfortable during this period.
Symptoms to Expect:
It’s not always easy to recognize teething, but here are some common symptoms to watch for:
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Increased drooling
While some believe that teething can cause fever and diarrhea, research shows that these symptoms are not directly related to teething. If your baby experiences any concerning symptoms or if they worsen, don’t hesitate to call us for an appointment.
Here are some safe ways to ease your teething baby’s discomfort:
- Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to provide pressure and alleviate discomfort.
- Offer your baby a cold washcloth, spoon, or teething ring to soothe their gums. Ensure that the object is not frozen, as extreme cold can be harmful. Always supervise your baby to prevent swallowing of small objects.
- If your baby is already eating solid foods, you can introduce chilled carrot or apple slices, which can help ease their pain and reduce irritability.
Before using any teething medications or numbing gels, consult with us as some products may pose risks to your baby’s health.
Teething can be a challenging time, but by following these tips, you can help make your baby more comfortable. Remember to schedule your baby’s first dental appointment as soon as their first tooth has fully emerged. Give us a call today to book an appointment in the Rancho Cucamonga area and ensure a healthy start to their dental journey.