How To Tackle The Teething Discomfort In Babies

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How To Tackle The Teething Discomfort In Babies

Often cited as an irritating time for babies and a frustrating one for their parents is the teething period- when a baby's first teeth start erupting through their gums. Accompanied by itchy and swollen gums, it could take between 24-and 30 months for a child to get all 20 of their milk teeth. To make the process less uncomfortable and painful, it is therefore important for parents to understand this period which usually begins in the first year of their child's life.

When does teething start?

While few children might start experiencing their first tooth from as early as 3 months, the first tooth generally begins to appear at the age of 6 months. That said, teething remains highly invariable - the appearance of the first tooth might go beyond a child's first birthday! Though in some rare cases, they might be born with one or two teeth or start getting their first at the age of a few weeks! But, the discomfort associated with the process mostly remains the same.
Generally, a child gets all 20 of their primary teeth by their third birthday, with the two bottom front teeth usually being the first and the upper molars the last to erupt. If the process is slower than this, a doctor might be needed to consult.

What are the signs of teething and how can we soothe the baby?

While it is not hard to tell when your baby is teething, it may be confused with symptoms of a cold or other minor illness. This is because teething usually begins around 6 months of age, which is also the period when the child's immunity received from the mother begins to diminish. Due to the simultaneous occurrence of the two changes, one might get confused for the other.

A child may experience the following symptoms while teething

  • Irritability: A typical symptom of teething is the child being irritable during the day and sleepless during the night. This could be caused due to the teeth breaking through the gums, with the first teeth and the molars being most uncomfortable. Something as simple as a good cuddle (every child loves one!) could provide assurance and a sense of comfort to the child- alleviating their discomfort.
  • Drooling (and the subsequent skin rash): Babies, in general, drool a lot! And teething could aggravate it by stimulating it further. Excessive drooling may cause skin rashes near the neck and mouth area and therefore, it is important to ensure that the area is kept clean and dry.
  • Coughing: The production of excessive saliva could lead to occasional coughing or gagging. However, if the coughing persists or is accompanied by high fever, cold, and flu symptoms, a doctor needs to be consulted. The latter symptoms are a sign of some other illness and not teething.
  • Biting: The counter pressure from chewing on something cold alleviates the pressure from under the gums. Teething toys, especially when refrigerated could help. However, make sure that anything given to the baby to chew on is big enough to not choke or get swallowed or break into small pieces.
  • Low fever: Teething or putting unclean hands inside the mouth may cause a low-grade fever ranging between 98 and 100 degrees. Consult your doctor for age-appropriate medication and the required dosage. If the child's fever persists or goes beyond 101 degrees, then it might be associated with some other illness and requires contacting the paediatrician.
  • Cheek rubbing and ear pulling: The pain in the gums, especially during the eruption of the molars can reach the cheeks and ears. This leads to the infant rubbing and pulling their ears which could lead to ear infections. To deal with the discomfort, massage the gums with a clean figure for a minute or two. If the pain persists for long or is associated with a high fever, then it is important to consult a paediatrician.
  • Teething and diarrhea: It is a common belief that teething may lead to slightly loose stool due to the production of excessive saliva. However, there is no scientific evidence linking diarrhea or watery stool with teething. It is important to consult a doctor immediately in such a case, as it could be a sign of a more serious illness, especially if it is associated with vomiting and high fever.

Teething is one of the most important periods of change in a child's life. While for a few it might be painless with only slight discomfort, for most it is synonymous with crankiness amongst other accompanying symptoms. We at BabySutra understand the ordeal a child goes through during this period and aided by our service of infant massage and hydrotherapy, strive to ease the discomfort associated with it.

Massaging the cheek and chin area of a child helps bring endorphins to the area which helps painful and itchy gums linked with teething. Infant massage also assists in strengthening the immune system. The infant feels relaxed, which helps with the teething discomfort.

Hydrotherapy - a fun and safe therapy is critical to ensure the child gets adequate sleep as teething often results in sleepless nights. Hydrotherapy also smoothens the child's metabolism, stimulates their senses, and develops their motor skills. Our experts at BabySutra go through rigorous training to ensure the maximum safety of babies during the sessions. With our infant massages and hydrotherapy services, we ensure that the end of each session makes your child more comfortable, and relaxed, ergo, provides sound sleep for the baby.

Asides from these, we also provide other regular and fun services that are tailor-made for kids, such as haircuts, manicures, pedicures, etc. Please follow us on Instagram to stay updated with all our services and offers.