Now while you are pro at understanding teething symptoms of your child and from above you have understood – how long would teething last – we now come to what is it that you can do to help your child deal with teething.
As parents, you can do plenty to help your baby overcome the tough teething phase. Some solutions are specific to certain teething symptoms, while some can help in overall discomfort.
1. Getting the baby something to bite/gnaw on
The pressure that the baby feels on the gums before a tooth is ready to erupt can be countered with external pressure that comes when the baby bites on something hard and firm. Of course, you have to ensure it is not a small object (to prevent any risk of choking) and clean.
These objects could be teething toys available in the market, a clean, wet, and cooled washcloth, rubber teething rings (avoid ones with gels or liquid within), etc.
2. Gum massage
Use your clean fingers to gently massage your baby’s gums to ease the aching gums during teething.
3. Keep the baby clean and dry
Drooling is one of the major teething symptoms, which in turn can give rise to painful skin rashes. To save your baby from the discomfort, ensure you use super absorbent bibs, change soiled and wet clothes immediately, and use powders, ointments, etc. to keep the skin dry.
4. Talk to your pediatrician
For some babies, teething can be more painful than usual and the parents might have to resort to over-the-counter or prescribed medicines. Your pediatrician may recommend Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen.
Note that these kinds of medications cannot be given to babies below 6 months of age and can only be administered in the age-appropriate dosages.
5. Cuddle your baby
Small babies find great comfort in their parents’ touch and cuddles. If it is their first time teething, along with the above options, cuddle more with your baby to give them the sense of comfort and security.