Babies normally start teething around 6-7 months old and all their primary teeth are usually in by their third birthday. Permanent teeth come in around the age of six.
Symptoms of teething include drooling, crying, crankiness, chewing, decreased appetite, mild diarrhea, and gum redness. A red and slightly swollen rash can appear on the chin, cheeks, neck, and chest when saliva (from drooling) comes in contact with the skin. Ear pulling, congestion, and a mild fever are other symptoms of teething that can occur.
Home Remedies for Teething
Insert your finger in your baby’s mouth and gently massage their gums. Clean fingers make the best tethers.
Play a game of peekaboo, rock them, or sing to your baby when they are having teething pain. Distractions can help get them through a painful time.
Let your baby gum on a cold, plain bagel. This is a great homemade teether ring.
A frozen banana, a cold carrot, or a cold celery stick make wonderful tethers. Celery is believed to have a numbing effect on the gums.
Breast milk or chamomile tea are great home remedies for teething pain. Pour either into an ice tray and freeze. When frozen, crush the ice and place it in a handkerchief. Wet the center of the handkerchief before putting the ice in it. Secure it by tying a knot; it is best to avoid using rubber bands or some other item that may possibly break off.
Make sure that any object you put in your baby’s mouth is nontoxic, clean, chewable, and the right size. Too big can make it hard for your baby to chew on and too small can cause your baby to choke on it.
If your baby has some teeth already, make sure they are not able to bite off pieces which they can choke on.
When treating teething pain, it is best to supervise your baby while he or she is chewing on an object.
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