Caring For Your Teething Baby
If you have noticed that your baby is irritable, drooling more than normal or has swollen gums, and is chewing on objects excessively, your baby may be teething. While some babies have no noticeable signs of teething, most babies show multiple symptoms. Read on for more information about caring for your teething baby.
What can I do for my teething baby?
Give your baby something cold to chew on such as a chilled rag or teething ring to help with discomfort by numbing the gums. Always be sure to give your baby things that will not be a choking hazard.
If Your Baby doesn’t Like Teething Rings
If your baby isn’t taking to a teething ring, you can try offering them chilled foods such as unsweetened applesauce or baby foods. These will have a similar effect of helping to numb your baby’s gums.
Keep them clean
Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean cloth after each meal to ensure that no bacteria irritate the gums further.
Rub, Rub, Rub
Use a clean finger to gently rub your baby’s gums. The soft pressure can help sooth aching gums.
Caring for Baby’s new teeth
As soon as the tooth fully erupts, you can start introducing your baby to tooth brushing. Use a soft bristled brush with water and gentle brushing motions. Starting your baby off early with brushing their teeth twice a day will help to develop good teeth-brushing habits. Once your baby has teeth that touch, you can start flossing their teeth.
It is important to take your baby to the dentist once their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. By taking your child to the dentist while they are still young, they become familiar with the experience, leading to less anxiety for future dental visits. Call us today at St. Charles Office Phone Number (630) 232-6661 to get started on friendly, fun care!
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