Teething is a phase during which your baby’s first set of teeth, called primary teeth, break through the gums. This is quite a challenging phase for every baby. Their gums are red, puffy and swollen and they experience constant pain and irritation in their mouth. This is why most kids are quite irritable, restless and even fussier than usual when they are teething. Teething symptoms usually begin about 3 to 5 days before the tooth shows, and they disappear as soon as the tooth breaks through the gums. Here is why your baby is cranky when he is teething:
- Loss of Appetite
Due to pain that your baby is experiencing in his gums, his refusal to food should not come as a surprise. Since your baby is now also hungry besides being in pain, his crankiness is quite expected.
Most kids become feverish when their new tooth is going to emerge. This just adds to their discomfort and makes them more irritable.
When babies are teething, due to irritation in their mouth, they have the urge to chew on something to ease their pain. There are many wonderful teething toys available in the market for the same purpose. Make sure the toys are properly cleaned and sterilised to avoid the baby contracting any kind of infection.
Another reason for your baby to feel irritated due to teething is drooling. Gently wipe the drool off your baby's chin as often as you can with a soft cotton cloth and apply a baby cream on the baby’s chin to protect his skin from further irritation.
- Cold and Cough
Some babies have symptoms of cold like cough or a running nose which just adds to their misery and upsets them even more.
Most babies that are teething develop a rash around their mouth, on their chin or chest. The itch due to the rash makes most babies lose their cool.
- Loss of Sleep
Due to excessive pain and irritation, many babies lose sleep. This makes them irritable and all the more irksome.
This common symptom of teething makes the child even crankier. The baby may be swallowing excessive amounts of saliva, causing a looser stool or diarrhoea.
Now that you know all that can go wrong with your precious little one when S/he is teething, follow some of the dental care
tips given below to make them feel better:
- Massage your baby’s gums gently, for about 2 minutes, to help ease their irritation. Do this several times a day, especially after meals.
- Provide safe objects for your baby to chew on, such as teething rings. You can also give him a cool and safe teething object to help him feel better.
- Consult your paediatric dentist and ask him if there is a gel or oral medication that you can give your baby to ease his trauma.
- Avoid self-medication as this may cause harm to your child.
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