Teething Tips for Parents

Posted on: February 16, 2018

TeethingTeething is a normal part of life. Unfortunately, it can be incredibly painful. When a baby or toddler is teething, they are likely to be incredibly grumpy and often upset. First-time parents may be unprepared for just how cranky they can be. Fortunately, it is possible to do some things to provide a baby or teething toddler with relief.

Teething tips for parents

Here are some things that we suggest trying at home.

1. Buy a teething ring and stick it in the freezer

At any baby or drugstore, there will be a section of teething rings. These are plastic rings that are filled with a gel-like substance that will harden when placed in the freezer. They are usually circular and can be held by a parent or a teething toddler. When a baby bites down on them, it will help to numb the gums and provide relief from teething pain. We recommend purchasing several, sticking them in plastic sandwich bags and keeping them handy in the freezer. Then at least one can remain cool while the other is being used.

2. Use a cool washcloth

If a teething ring is not handy, simply grab a cool washcloth, run it under cold water and wring it out. What remains is a cool cloth that the baby can bite down on. This will help with their desire to bite down and provide a cooling sensation. These can even be temporarily placed in the freezer to get extra cold. Parents may also put their finger inside of a cool rag and rub the baby’s gums with it.

3. Use Orajel with care

It is possible to purchase a numbing medication at the drugstore but be careful when using it. It should only be used occasionally and in moderation, since it is possible to use too much Orajel. Be sure to use the directions on the bottle and call us with questions.

4. Let them bite down on clean soft toys

Purchasing a variety of rubber toys that are large enough for baby to hold will give them something to bite and chew on. Keep them in a bag for when a baby starts to teeth. This way they will remain clean and can be used when necessary, cleaned, placed back in the bag and used again. Remember, it is not one tooth that will come in but an entire mouthful so these teething accessories and toys are going to be needed on a regular basis.

5. Use pain medication

It is also possible to use pain medication like ibuprofen. Just do so sparingly and only when the other options do not work to provide them with relief.

Visit the dentist

If parents are particularly concerned about their child’s teething, it is possible to call our dental office and schedule an appointment. We can conduct an examination to determine if teeth are coming in as they should be and can sometimes even help to speed along the teething process. During this appointment, we can also provide additional tips and information that can be useful to parents to help their children get through teething. Schedule an appointment for your child by calling today.

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