Signs and Symptoms of Teething
-chewing solid objects
-irritability or crankiness
-sore tender gums
-decrease in appetite
-a slight increase in body temperature
Note there has been no research that indicates a high temperature or diarrhea being a symptom of teething.
What can we do to help relieve the symptoms of teething.
1. rub baby's gums with a clean finger or moistened clean cloth, the pressure can eze the discomfort.
2. use a cool wash cloth, spoon or teething ring (NEVER a frozen object as extreme cold can be harmful)
3. if child eating solid food, peel a carrot or cucumber that has been chilled (WATCH over child )
4. have a drool cloth on hand to wipe chin to avoid skin irritation
5. water based cream placed on the chin to help with skin irritation
6. Tylenol as per Dr. recommendations
7. Advil if your child is over 6 months of age per your Dr. recommendations
NEVER use solutions on the gums with Benzocaine, it has been associated with a rare but serious condition that reduces oxygen in the blood.
The Canadian Dental Association recommends AVOIDING all topical numbing gels and IF you decide to use them NEVER use more than 6 times a day and NEVER before feedings.