July 15th, 2019
If your baby is about six months old and a little fussy, you may have a teething baby on your hands. Teething can be uncomfortable for infants and your child may start to show symptoms that differ from what you are used to. In this post, we will talk about what to look for when your baby is teething and what remedies may help in alleviating the discomfort of teething.
Symptoms of Teething
Babies are typically born with all 20 of their primary teeth underneath their gum line. These teeth typically erupt between the ages of 6-12 months and are typically all fully erupted by the age of 3. Symptoms that are typical of teething are:
- Trouble sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Drooling more than usual
Symptoms that are not typical of teething are:
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms while teething, it is important to contact your pediatrician as soon as possible.
How to Treat Symptoms of Teething
Teething is something your child will go through and the discomfort of this growth is unavoidable. However, it is manageable. If your child begins to show signs of teething some things you can do to alleviate discomfort are:
- Gently rub their gums with a clean finger, moist gauze pad or cold spoon
- Let them chew on a clean solid rubber teether
If your child is experiencing discomfort, it is possible to give them a small dose of children’s pain reliever, however, it is important that you consult your pediatrician before doing so.
Teething Treatment to Avoid
It is really important that you are mindful of what you are placing in your child's mouth during the teething process. Make sure items are clean and avoid using anything that is small, plastic, or could break. It is also important to be aware of the materials that the teething item is made of. According to the American Dental Association, not all teethers are safe, and some have materials that could be harmful to your child. Teethers are a great way to help your baby with the discomfort of teething, however, it is important to read labels to know what you are putting in your child’s mouth. Items to avoid are:
- Numbing Gels
- Teething Tablets
- Homeopathic Teething Products
The FDA recommends that parents and caregivers avoid using benzocaine products and gels on children under the age of 2, as they pose serious risks with little to no benefit in treating oral pain and teething. The FDA also recommends that parents and caregivers avoid usage and dispose of homeopathic teething tablets and teething products as they have not been approved for effectiveness, and have been known to carry high amounts of the toxic substance, belladonna. If your child experiences seizures, difficulty breathing, lethargy, excessive sleepiness, muscle weakness, skin flushing, constipation, difficulty urinating, or agitation after using these products, seek medical care immediately.
Teething Babies Need Dentists Too
It is recommended that your child see a dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting. Establishing yourself with a pediatric dentist at this stage of your baby’s development is important for their overall oral health. If you are looking for a trusted and kind pediatric dentist, our pediatric dentist, Dr. Matthew Gustafsson provides quality care in a friendly and understanding environment. We at Truckee Pediatric Dentistry pride ourselves in providing a comfortable space for families and their children to establish healthy oral habits and receive customized care for their needs. Contact us at (530) 550-9311 to schedule an appointment or to answer any questions you may have. Congratulations on your new baby, and we look forward to becoming your trusted pediatric dentist!