Teething can be very difficult for parent and for babies. Seeing your child in pain can be very difficult. These are a few simple steps that you can take to ensure that your sweet baby has some relief.
1. Although you might think that teething just means a baby developing teeth, teething can often be accompanied by a host of other symptoms. Some of these symptoms can include a fever, rash, and runny nose. A fever is the baby’s body’s way of trying to fight the inflammation that is caused by teething however it can cause your child to feel very uncomfortable and be very fussy.
If your teething child feels warm, your first step is to take his or her temperature with a baby thermometer. The temperature of a child is most accurate when taken via the rectum using a rectal thermometer. If the child is exhibiting any temperature above 99.1 degrees, it is considered a fever. If your child appears to be in discomfort because of this fever, you can administer a medication to lower the fever.
Your two best options for lowering your child’s teething-induced fever are acetaminophen (which is often sold under the brand name Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (sold under the brand name Motrin). It is important that you give your baby the correct dosage for his or her weight. In deciding which medication you should administer, you may want to consider a few things. Tylenol can be hard on a baby’s kidney but it can be given more often than Motrin. Motrin will go into effect more quickly and lasts longer however it can be very hard on the stomach so it should never be given to a baby that has exhibited signs of stomach pain.
2. When your child is teething, the teeth are literally trying to cut through the gums. You can help his to happen easier and quicker by providing something for your child to chew on that will help the gums to cut quicker. Something hard will probably feel best to your child and some babies prefer something cold. They make special teething rings that can be frozen or you can simply freeze a cool wash clothe.
3. If the pain seems truly unbearable for your child, you can administer a medication that is specifically for teething. Such medications include teething tabs or gels that can be rubbed on the gums. An important thing to remember about using a gel is that the FDA has listed any medication that contains Benzocaine as dangerous so you will want to stay away from gels such as Ora-gel.