In most of the babies teething starts at the age of 6 months. But there is no fixed time when teething begins. The process of teething can be very simple and easy for some babies, but it can be very painful and hurting for others.
You will not even realize when a sparkling new tooth has emerged in some babies, on the other hand some babies show symptoms of teething weeks before the emergence of the tooth.
Some of the teething problems that indicate that your baby’s tooth is about to come are:
– Always wanting to chew and gnaw: The gums of the baby feel itchy. To get over this sensation, the baby tries to chew whatever comes in his hand.
– Swollen gums: Eruption of a new tooth pushes the gums from beneath. This makes the gums red and swollen. The gums start to look normal after the tooth emerges.
– Irritation and fussiness: The baby becomes very fussy and cranky because of the discomfort.
– Changes in feeding habits: The gums of the baby are swollen, that is why he may not feel comfortable with the bottle or spoon. So you can try breastfeeding your baby. Some babies like to chew food items as it soothes their irritating gums.
To soothe the baby you can use teething pacifiers. The baby can bite, chew or suck it to soothe himself. But make sure that the pacifier is clean and free of germs.
Try to cuddle the baby, talk to him to distract his mind away from the pain. Try buying a new toy so that he can forget about his pain for sometime.
You can also gently massage the gums of the baby with clean finger. This will help in soothing the baby.
If you are giving any medications, do consult your doctor and follow the directions carefully. There are lots of gels available in the markets which help in soothing the gum pain. Teething babies wake up at night very often but return to sleep on their own after feeding.
Some other side effects of teething are drooling, nasal congestion, low grade fever, diaper rash.Be careful while handling teething babies as they bite really hard.