Surely the biggest cause of upset and crying for babies is teeth. If you see a red-cheeked sad looking baby that is crying with a tired out mom, it is the first thing you think.
After all, they can take days or weeks to come through, even a month or more for the back molars.
So how can you help the teeth progress more quickly, be less painful and how can you take care of them once they are through?
Well teething rings, especially frozen ones, are great for swollen little gums.
Some unexpected things can be good for teething such as wooden spoons, drumsticks, and wooden building blocks meant for the appropriate age.
However, you should use these with supervision and if you have a concern about anything being a danger then obviously do not use it.
For toddlers over 12 months old, large pieces of peeled refrigerated carrots can be good. They are too big to be swallowed or choked on but can be gnawed at and help cool the mouth from the outside.
It is good to have some liquid paracetamol or ibuprofen on hand to reduce pain and swelling. However, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and never exceed the stated dose.
It is good to start going to the dentist early. This will help ensure it becomes normal just to sit in the chair and open your mouth.
In this way, the dentist will be able to check everything is progressing properly in the mouth and there are no problems like tooth decay or overextended molars.
Brush the child’s teeth with a pea-sized piece of low fluoride toothpaste twice a day for two minutes.
Minimize sweets and chocolate and encourage them to have a drink of water after eating and drinking to dislodge foods trapped between the teeth.
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