Getting teeth is an exciting new development for your baby! Here are teething symptoms to look for and ways to help your baby through it.
Many parents cringe when they hear the word teething, as it can signal fussy babies and long, sleepless nights ahead. For most babies, the first tooth peeks through between four and seven months of age. By the time your child is three years old, he or she will be smiling bright with a full set of 20 baby teeth.
While teething, babies and toddlers may have the following symptoms:
Crankiness and fussiness
Swelling of the gums and sensitivity
Refusing to eat
Sleep loss at night and during naps
How to ease discomfort during teething:
Give your baby something to chew on, like a rubber teething ring, pacifier, or a clean wet washcloth that’s been chilled in the refrigerator.
Rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger.
Try a teething gel (check with your doctor first).
If your child is old enough for solids, offer cold foods like applesauce and yogurt, or a piece of frozen fruit. Always check with your pediatrician before offering any new foods.