Posted on: 10 August 2015
Nothing can make a parent feel worse than watching their child or baby in pain. You want to do whatever you can to help ease your child's pain, but you also want to make sure you don't give them anything that will harm them. Teething can cause quite a lot of pain to a baby. Most babies teeth around 3-12 months of age so pain remedies can be limited for children that young. There are also some remedies that are not recommended. It is best to do some research and talk to your child's dentist before trying to relieve the pain your child is in on your own.
Use Cold Things
The gums can swell when a child is teething, so anything cold can help bring down the swelling as well as numb the area to help with pain. You can store teething toys or wet rags in the refrigerator before giving them to the baby. If the child is old enough to eat solid foods, you can also give the child teething biscuits or cold fruit. One piece of food that works great is a chilled carrot. Just make sure it's not a baby carrot because that can be a choking hazard.
Pressure Can Help
One of the first signs of a teething baby is that they will have either their hands or whatever they can get hold of in their mouth. This is because pressure can help distract the brain from pain, so this is a helpful way to help the baby with teething pain. You can use teething spoons, cold spoons, or even use your pinky to rub your child's gums. Just make sure you wash your hands and anything else your baby chews on first.
If nothing else is working and your child seems to be in a lot of pain than medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be given safely to your child. Make sure to follow dosing instructions or call the pediatrician for dosing questions. Keep in mind that ibuprofen should not be used in a child younger than 6 months, and aspirin should never be given to a child.
Teething can be a pain for both you and your baby. It can be confusing and overwhelming for you to decide which remedy to try. Now, that you know the most popular dentist approved teething remedies, you can start alleviating your child's pain today. For more information, contact Brit E. Bowers, DDS or a similar dental professional.Share