Most babies are born without teeth, but it won’t be long before they get those first teeth in. Babies generally get their first tooth between six months and one year of age, and will continue teething on and off until they are about two years old.
Symptoms of teething include irritability, loss of appetite, drooling, trouble sleeping, and trying to chew on things . So what can you do to help your little one while they are growing their teeth? Here are some tips for soothing your teething toddler.
Gently Massage Their Gums
Use a piece of wet gauze or cloth or a clean finger and try gently massaging your baby’s gums. The applied pressure may help relieve the pain of teething for some babies . However, if your baby is too irritable to sit through a gum massage, it may be time to move on to another method of toddler soothing!
Use Cold or Frozen Toys
Keep cold or frozen chew toys on hand for your teething baby. Teething rings are always good to have; however, choose natural rubber, medical-grade silicone, or wood for your baby to chew on. Remember that gel-filled teething rings can pop or leak, so these aren’t considered safe for your baby . You can also try chilled or frozen pieces of soft fruit if your baby is eating solid foods. Always supervise a teething baby with a teething toy or food.
Try a Warm Bath or Cuddles
Teething babies can be irritable and difficult to soothe, but giving your baby extra cuddles and keeping them close to you, such as in a body carrier, can help comfort your baby during this challenging time. A warm bath may also help your infant or toddler feel better and distract them from the pain of teething, and may help with sleeping as well.
Ask Your Dentist
Although there are over-the-counter teething medications available, always follow up with your dentist about which products are safe to use for your baby. Often, numbing medications, such as topical creams and gels, are not safe for babies . Your dentist can advise you of any topical creams or products that may be able to help soothe your little one from their teething discomfort.
Be Patient With Your Little One
Teething is a challenging time for parents and children alike. Be patient with your little one while they are getting their teeth in. In addition to trying the above tips, don’t forget to schedule your baby’s first dentist appointment around the time that their first tooth comes in to ensure their development is on track and their teeth are cavity-free!