How to Relieve my Baby's Itchy Gums
More than one parent with a fussy baby and trouble sleeping may be wondering how they can help relieve their baby’s itchy gums.
Teething is the process in which teeth begin to erupt into the baby’s gums. The process can begin as early as 6 months of age, although some children start earlier (and others later). Symptoms such as excessive drooling, the need to chew on objects, irritability or moodiness, sore or tender gums, and a slight increase in temperature are common.
Relieving a baby’s itchy gums is an arduous task that parents should complete. Do you have any idea how you can do it?
Here are some ideas!
Tips for relieving itchy baby gums
This is usually an annoying process for some babies; for others, not so much. The two lower incisors almost always erupt first. They are followed by the two upper front teeth, although every child has a different growth pattern, so if they don’t erupt in that order, don’t worry.
If you’re going through this process, here are some recommendations to relieve your baby’s itchy gums. However, if your child is fussy and finds it hard to eat or even take the breast or bottle, you may want to consult your pediatrician.
Rub their gums
With a clean finger or a wet gauze, rub your baby’s gums, as doing so may alleviate their discomfort. Remember that it should be with just one fingertip.
Cool their gums
Use a cold spoon or a cold teether and soothe your baby’s gums. They shouldn’t be dipped in sugar or other substances, such as honey or juice. Just give them a cold teether.
Give them something they can chew on
The chewing object should be large enough so that your baby can’t swallow or choke on it. Also, the material shouldn’t break into small pieces to avoid the risk of aspiration choking.
You can use a wet muslin previously put in the freezer for 30 minutes. You should take it out of the freezer before it freezes and wash it after use.
If you decide to use rubber teething rings, avoid those that contain liquid to avoid accidents if they leak. If you have these teethers, cool them in the refrigerator and not in the freezer.
Cold foods are great for itchy gums
You should only give teething cookies and frozen or cold foods to children who are already eating solid foods. If they aren’t yet eating these foods, it’s best to abstain. Always keep an eye on your child to avoid choking hazards.
Consult a doctor
If your baby is very irritable, uncomfortable, or in pain, you can talk to your doctor so that they can prescribe a dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen to relieve discomfort.
Also read: All You Need to Know about Baby Teeth
What not to do during teething
There are things you shouldn’t do during teething to avoid putting your baby’s health at risk. First, don’t put aspirin on your baby’s teeth or rub alcohol on their gums.
Don’t tie or hang a teething ring around your baby’s neck or another body part to prevent it from getting caught on any object and risk strangulation. Also avoid amber teething necklaces, as the beads could cause choking when they come off.
Also, don’t use teething gels or teething tablets unless instructed to do so by your trusted pediatrician because they may become unsafe for babies.
Don’t cut your child’s gum to help the tooth come out because this can lead to infection. Finally, avoid homeopathic remedies because they may contain ingredients that are dangerous for infants.
Other teething symptoms
Teething is a process surrounded by myths about symptoms and remedies. As for drooling, it’s due to increased saliva: the glands have accelerated their function because the body is adapting to foods other than milk.
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As for mucus, its presence has no relation to the eruption of the teeth, as well as fever. However, there may be a slight increase in temperature due to inflammation of the gums. In addition, the immune system may be weakened by it and some fever-causing disease is contracted.
Regarding diarrhea, no relationship has been found between constant soft stools or colitis and dentition. In case of fever, mucus, and diarrhea, it’s advisable to see a doctor.
Another symptom that you can observe in teething is a lack of appetite, although the reality is that they don’t lose the desire to eat, but the discomfort in the area makes it more difficult for them to eat.
How to take care of your baby’s itchy gums and new teeth
After the baby’s itchy gums problem is over, we must care for babies’ teeth because dental caries can accelerate their fall and leave gaps until the new ones start to come in. Therefore, before they come out and daily you should clean your baby’s gums with gauze or a clean, damp cloth with water only.
When the first teeth appear, brush with water and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. As your baby gets older, use more. Don’t let your child swallow or eat it because it could be dangerous. When all the teeth come out, brush at least twice a day after meals.
On the other hand, it’s important to keep in mind that leaving the bottle while sleeping could cause excess juices or milk, which could lead to cavities in children. Therefore, this is something that specialists recommend you avoid.
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