Baby’s First Bite: Tips For Teething Relief

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BabyHaving a baby go through their first tooth appearance can be a joyous and painful occasion.

Painful for the baby because of the actual discomfort one’s first tooth can bring, but painful as well for parents who have to listen to their little loved one cry and suffer.

While the presence of teeth in your baby is a monumental thing because it signifies a healthy development and the milestone to weening off of baby food, it can be a rocky road getting back to comfort when those teeth are still being adjusted too.

Often times a child’s first tooth is in the front of their mouth.  As they grow older, more will develop and span towards the back of their mouths.  Both top and bottom rows of teeth will trickle in.  Sometimes children can even lose their first tooth before all of the first set fall into place.

The development of teeth can be difficult for babies because just like the rest of their world they are still figuring out how to cope with things and communicate.  Notably, motor skills are no baby’s strong suit so being able to control their mouth in the company of this new and slightly sharp intruder can be difficult.

Babies with developing teeth with often pick at the tooth which can hurt their tender soft little fingers.  There is also a lot of discomfort from the tooth making it’s way through the gums as it is an experience they’ve never felt before.

The tingling and slight pain of the tooth finding it’s way through that flesh can confuse them and lead to lots of sleepless nights full of crying and sadness, for both the child and the parent who has sympathy.  But of course the most pain for a toddlers first tooth comes from them constantly biting their tongue.

Not being able to control their tongue initially is a difficult manner to tame.  Adding a tiny little tooth as an obstacle for their little wild tongues can spell trouble quickly.  However, there are some remedies that parents can use to comfort their toddler should they be in suffer from the arrival of a first tooth.  Here are some tips for soothing that discomfort in a little one’s mouth:

  • Children’s Ibuprofen

While many parents are fearful of offering drugs to their little ones, most pharmacies do carry over the counter pharmaceuticals specifically formulated for little children and toddlers so to not be too harmful. Even better is that most children’s medicines come in liquid form with a dropper so they can be easily administered without fear of choking on a pill.  Things like children’s Advil will block the pain and serve as a comfort provider for your baby’s innocent little mouth.

  • Tooth Ring

Many baby stores or department stores with infant sections carry an assortment of different utensils and toys that can help a baby cope with the pain they might experience during the arrival of their first few teeth.  Since teething is a very common issue with babies, many toy makers have made tooth rings for babies to use.

They come in different variations, but all essentially do the same job.  It’s a safe plastic or rubber gasket that the baby can wrap their mouth around and it fit’s the form of their toddler jaw so they can block the tooth from coming in contact with the opposite gums or their tongue.  Make sure that all toys or rings you buy for your toddler are large enough to not pose a choking hazard for your baby.

  • Eyes On The Dry

Often times a baby can be experiencing discomfort from dried out skin and irritated lips.  This happens when teething causes excessive drooling which falls out of a toddlers mouth and can cause chapped lips.  Sometimes babies will signal this problem by periodically attempting to wipe their lips with their little forearms.

To stop the chapping from the saliva, keep an eye on toddler’s mouths and dry the drool as soon as you see it.  Many parents will keep a cloth or clean little towel nearby so they can quickly stop the waterworks from a young tooth’s mouth.

Your child’s teething experience can often be hectic and heartbreaking, but just remind yourself and them that it’s a good thing and it’s only temporary.  Teeth coming in are a big part of growing up and can pave the way for a more inclusive diet and even more responsibility as your children learn how to brush their own teeth.

Take these tips into consideration if you have a toddler that’s crying and experiencing symptoms of discomfort due to teething.

Zane Schwarzlose writes for Greenspoint Dental, a Houston dental office.

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