If your baby is teething, you must be so excited! Your baby is growing so fast! When my kids started teething, I was excited, but also a bit anxious. I didn't like the idea of them uncomfortable and in pain. I wanted to do everything I could to make them feel better. There's a lot of information about there on baby teething, but I thought it would be easiest to pull it all together into one do/don't list. So here you go!
DO: Rub their gums
It is okay for you to rub your baby’s gums. It will feel really good for them, and as long as your fingers are clean, it is safe. Rubbing your fingers on their gums overstimulates the nerves in that area so their brain doesn’t perceive the pain as badly. It’s the most effective way to relieve pain and gets your baby accustomed to your fingers in his/her mouth when it comes to brush.
DON'T: Let them chew on anything small
Babies could easily choke on anything that is smaller than the hole in a paper towel roll. Make sure anything they play with is larger than that size, especially something designed to be chewed on.
DO: Safe teething rings
Giving your infant safe teething rings are definitely a do. They are going to be really uncomfortable and biting down on something hard, and even cold, will make them feel better. Use a safe-for-mouth material like silicone.
DON'T: Freeze teething rings
Although it feels better for the teething rings to be cool, they should not be frozen unless the product is specifically designed for that purpose. Many materials expand when frozen, so the teething toy could burst, leaking potentially dangerous-when-swallowed materials.
DO: Give them a cold washcloth
A cold wash cloth is a simple and effective tool. It’s made from safe materials and too large to swallow. They’re also cheap to replace when your baby inevitably tears a few holes. Throw a couple in the refrigerator to cool down and offer to your baby.
DON'T: Use medications
If your baby is under four months old, do not use any medications for relief. They are too young for any medicines. Their pain will have to be treated naturally. If your baby is over six months old, talk to their doctor to see if it is okay for them to take infant ibuprofen.
DO: Keep a bib or cloth near by
Chances are that if your baby is teething there is going to be a lot of drooling involved. Keep a cloth nearby so that you can wipe any excess salvia from their chin when needed.
DON'T: Use teething tablets
Teething tablets are a big no. Why? In 2010 the FDA issued a warning about the potential for serious side effects with the use of these tablets.
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