Your child is uncomfortable, cries sporadically, and expresses their distress. Not only that, but a lot of drool comes out of their mouth, and their cheeks are very red. You know that these are signs that their teeth are growing, but you feel upset because you don’t like seeing them in pain. So what should you do?
There’s no doubt that your child’s discomfort will upset you. If you want get rid of their distress, follow these basic steps:
- Try to calm them in different ways, like walking while bouncing them in your arms, stroking their hair, and whispering to them.
- You can rub their gums gently. Use your clean finger or a piece of thin, soft cloth that has been moistened.
- Give them a cold teething ring. Biting down on it helps calm the pain.
- If they can eat pureed fruit or yogurt, give them some after putting them in the refrigerator for a little while.
- If their feeling of pain and discomfort isn’t calmed in spite of your efforts, give them medicine.
- It’s incorrect to calm your child’s pain by using a material like a numbing gel. It’s dangerous to their health if they swallow it. It also greatly affects their ability to swallow milk, water, and food correctly.
- Don’t rub their gums with a piece of sugar or bread or with a spoon. They could injure their thin gums.
- Don’t put aspirin or any other painkiller directly on the gums. And don’t rub them with medical fluid meant to disinfect wounds, as that would definitely damage them.
- If some mothers serve their children a lot of teething cookies, don’t follow their example. Those cookies don’t really reduce the pain. They also contain a lot of sugar that could cause teeth to decay as soon as they appear.
An Important Tip
A spike in your child’s temperature for over 48 hours and severe diarrhea are never related to their teeth. It’s important not to neglect these symptoms and to consult the doctor if you notice that things are out of the ordinary.