A New Parent’s Guide to Surviving Teething
As your baby’s teeth start to erupt, usually somewhere around six or eight months, the teething process begins. As a new parent, you may wonder how to respond to all of the new issues that teething raises. Here are some tips to help you make it through.
Try to Keep Your Baby Occupied Before Bed
Most parents find that the pain an infant feels due to teething seems to increase at night. There’s no medical reason for this. Likely, the child is just distracted by having things to do during the day, so the pain is more noticeable at night. Try an infant pain reliever (over 6 months of age only) or a natural remedy such as a cold teething ring. Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle as this can lead to enamel damage.
Don’t Always Assume Teething Is the Problem
Once teeth begin to erupt, it’s easy to assume this is the cause of every crying fit. However, if your child is running a high fever, has a cough or a rash, or is vomiting, you should contact your pediatrician. Actual teething symptoms include irritability, crying, biting, a low-grade fever (under 101), and drooling.
Caring for Your Baby’s First Teeth
As soon as those first teeth start to erupt, you want to use a soft infant toothbrush to keep them clean after feeding. Just use water at first. You may be able to start with a tiny bit of toothpaste (think a grain of rice) around age 1. Remember that your baby doesn’t know to spit the toothpaste out so don’t overdo it.
Scheduling the First Dental Appointment for Your Baby
Be sure to schedule your infant’s first pediatric dental appointment once his or her first tooth emerges (by age 1 at the latest). This will help to ensure that teeth grow in healthy and will allow you to get more tips on baby dental care from your pediatric dentist.
At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, our focus is on prevention. We want to help make every smile a healthy one, from infancy forward. Call 619-741-1500 today to schedule your baby’s first dental checkup.