As with everything, babies and young children are all different. Timing of any developmental stages depends on the child but general advice around expected progress is readily available to parents as a guide only.
We know that teething is one of the more upsetting stages for babies and parents alike but how much is down the child's tolerance and how the teething is managed.
Possible signs and symptoms include:
- Swollen, bulging gums
- A tooth visible below the gum
- Sleeping Issues
- Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything
- Rubbing his face
- Rejecting food
- Grabbing his ears
- Red cheeks
It used to be thought that a temperature accompanied by diarrhea and perhaps a runny nose were symptoms of teething in children who had reached this stage. However, there are questions surrounding this assumption now with experts not convinced this is the case. It is speculated that babies who are teething will try to put anything in their mouths and bacteria or a virus could easily be transferred.
So, what can you do if your child (and you) are struggling with this painful stage?
- Teethers are an obvious option but if your child is too young to hold the teether it can be problematic. In these cases, a soft, wet (cold) cloth can be used for Mum to gently rub their gums to cool them and help reduce pain.
- Cooled foods from the fridge if your baby is weaned can often help. Fruit or yogurt are good examples.
- Teethers placed in the fridge for a while can also offer some relief. (Never the freezer as this can make the teether too hard for their gums and too cold!) At Lilypond Kids we have a range of options for teethers
- As a last resort, speak to your pharmacist about pain relief and gum gels appropriate for your child.
We hope this article has at least reminded you of a few options to help both parents and child through what can be a difficult time. It is important to remembers like all stages of development it not continue for ever, and all will soon be calm again......until the next stage!