5 Gentle Ways to Soothe a Teething Baby
Many parents are particularly concerned about using any kind of medication on an infant. For this reason, a parent may be at a loss for how to help a teething child deal with the pain that comes along with the eruption of new teeth.
While a number of companies make “homeopathic” gels or tablets, the FDA has warned that many of these products have unwanted, perhaps even dangerous, side effects. As a result, we wanted to share with you a few drug-free alternatives for helping your baby to cope with teething.
- Use a chilled teething ring – A few minutes in the freezer should be enough to make the teething ring even more soothing. Just be careful always to check teething rings for leaks.
- Use a chilled cucumber or carrot – This can have a similar effect to a teething ring. Just keep an eye out to make sure your infant hasn’t chiseled off a piece of the veggie while gnawing on it.
- Use your finger – You certainly don’t want to get bitten by those new little teeth, but rubbing your baby’s gums can have a really soothing effect. After all, when an adult suffers from gum pain, the first thing we usually do is start rubbing our own gums, right?
- Use a clean washcloth – Run some cold water on the washcloth and let your baby use it as a teething toy. The cold water will provide extra soothing.
- Wipe away drool – Drooling is a natural part of teething. Just be sure to wipe away the drool with a clean, soft cloth. This will relieve your infant of the discomfort of a constantly wet face and neck.
Scheduling Your Infant’s First Dental Appointment
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your child’s first dental visit as soon as the first baby tooth emerges, or at least by the first birthday. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist for your family, please contact BRSH+FLSS to meet with one of our board-certified pediatric dentists. Just call 619-741-1500 to set up an appointment.