Teething is different for each baby, from the symptoms to the length of time it takes for a tooth to appear. Although many infants make it through the teething process without much difficulty, occasionally the pain and discomfort can be uncomfortable for the child -- and the parent!
Recognizing the signs is important when it comes to helping to comfort your child. Your young one may experience the following symptoms around four days before the tooth has erupted through the gums, and up to three days after the tooth has appeared:
- Biting and gnawing
- Chin rash (caused by excessive salivation)
- Swollen gums
- Ear rubbing
- Decreased appetite
- Disrupted sleep patterns
Your child’s pain is best eased by the application of coldness, and/or putting pressure on the effected area. For example:
- Chilled teething rings
- Cold, wet washcloths
- Chilled pacifiers
- Massaging baby’s gums with clean fingers
Remember, teething is temporary, and soon your child will have those beautiful pearly whites to help them transition to new and exciting foods that will keep them healthy and aid in growth. This is an exciting time for you and your little one. Do what you can to ease the pain, and know that you’re doing a great job as a parent!