A Green Hills Pediatric Dentist Gives Tips for Soothing a Teething Baby
Babies can become especially fussy or seemingly sick while their new teeth emerge. Some people call this process “cutting teeth,” but in reality, teeth don’t actually cut through the gums. The body releases hormones that cause cells in the gums to die and separate so the teeth can come through. This process causes tenderness, swelling and overall discomfort. Babies can even run a low-grade fever when they are teething. As a Green Hills pediatric dentist, George Adams, Jr. has some helpful tips for parents.
Tips for Soothing Teething Pain
Teething is a natural process that every baby goes through. The most difficult period is usually between six and ten months. Try some of these methods to soothe your child when teething:
- After washing your hands, gently rub your baby’s sore gums to ease the pain temporarily.
- Use a clean, cold, damp washcloth to massage the gums. The coldness can help reduce inflammation.
- Provide your baby with a proper teething ring. Avoid liquid-filled products. Instead choose silicone or rubber based teething rings, which are easy to disinfect. You can put the teething ring in the fridge to help reduce swelling, but do not freeze the ring. Freezing temperatures can damage the gum.
- We do not recommend benzocaine gels, sprays, or ointments. Benzocaine is easily absorbed into the blood stream by tissue in the mouth. It can result in a condition called methemoglobinemia, which can be fatal.
Note: When your child’s teeth start to emerge, you should start brushing their child’s teeth two times a day with a very soft brush.
For Help Call Your Green Hills Pediatric Dentist at Adams and Seaton.
Teething can be a stressful process for both parents and babies. Reach out to us for additional guidance if you need it. Adams and Seaton Pediatric Dentistry in Green Hills has been partnering with parents since 1977. Contact us today to start your child’s oral preventative care!