Have a teething infant on your hands? Try these tips to soothe those swollen gums.
WORDS ANGELA LOW
Around the four to seven-month mark, your infant will start sprouting their first set of chompers. It typically begins with the two lower front teeth, followed by the upper incisors about a month or two later. When this happens, you may notice a growing proclivity for chewing (on anything and everything) in your child – as well as a growing grumpiness due to the discomfort. Drooling may also increase, and in some cases, your child’s body temperature too. Read on for a few ways to counteract those tender gums.
Massage Their Gums
Get down and dirty with your bare hands. Sans medication and other physical aids, this natural, old-fashioned remedy calls for clean fingers and a slight amount of pressure to the problem areas. Massage in a circular motion all around the inflamed gums, going back and forth to soothe the pain. Your baby may resist this at first, but it’ll eventually bring them relief. Not to mention, this method allows for better blood circulation to the gums, which helps the new teeth emerge.
Grab a Cold Spoon
If you’re not into sticking your fingers into your baby’s wet mouth, use a spoon instead. Keep it in the fridge for 10 to 30 minutes to cool the utensil, making it feel more comfortable and effective in numbing those sore spots.
Go for a small metal spoon without any rough edges and use the convex side of it to massage those gums.
In case they get clumsy and hurt themselves, try to keep the infants from grabbing the spoon.
Use Chilled Pacifiers
Cold temperatures help alleviate aches. To cool down those inflamed spots, get your teething tot to chew on a pacifier that’s been briefly refrigerated. Be careful not to leave it in the freezer for too long until it hardens into ice. Just like how consuming hard foods will aggravate the pain in the gums, so will nibbling on hard surfaces – both cool and warm. This technique can also be applied to teething rings and washcloths that they can chew on.
Feed Them Cold Foods
This works like the previous method, making sure your child is extra satisfied with a full tummy too. A few healthy snacks you can offer include cold slices of carrots and cucumbers. But take note. If your child has yet to begin eating solid foods, don’t speed things up and put them on their plates. A better alternative would be yoghurt, which is already served cold and boasts tons of probiotics as well.
Use a Bib
Teething toddlers are prone to excessive drooling, and it goes all over their cheeks, chin, neck, and chest. If left unattended, the wet, saliva-stained skin can lead to major drool rash. These little red bumps are endlessly bothersome and only add to the stress and pain of teething, which can mean several sleepless nights for you and your child. Arm your babe with a bib and keep a cloth at hand to clear the drool whenever they appear.
Read this too!