Your baby is born with all of their primary teeth, which rest under the gum line. When an infant is between the ages of 6-12 months, they will start to show their first tooth. This can be an exciting time; however, teething can be uncomfortable for your child. Here are a few of the side effects of teething and how you can ease your child’s discomfort.
Side Effects Of Teething
When a tooth pokes through the gum line, it can be very uncomfortable. Some of the side effects of teething that your child may show include:
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble sleeping
- Excessive drooling
- Desire to chew on hard objects
One of the myths of teething is that it can cause fever and diarrhea. This is not true and you should see you physician if your baby is experiencing such symptoms.
Solutions To Painful Teething
How can you help your child if their gums are tender and sore from teething? Some solutions include:
- Gently rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger, moist gauze pad, or a cool washcloth.
- Rubbing their gums with a small, cool spoon.
- Give your child a teething ring to chew on. A teething ring should be firm and big enough that your child will not choke on it. Some teething rings hold liquid which you can cool in the fridge; however, do not freeze teething rings because they will become too hard and cold for your child.
- If your child has started chewing on solid foods, give them something hard to gnaw on like a peeled carrot. But keep an eye on your child so they do not choke if they bite a large piece off.
If your child is still experiencing a lot of pain from teething, speak with your physician or dentist.