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How to help soothe your baby’s teething
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How to help soothe your baby’s teething

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A teething baby can be overwhelming. Between the crying, drooling and lack of sleep, it’s hard to know what to do to ease their pain. Every baby develops differently, but the first and second teeth usually appear by 6 months of age.

Learning how to help your baby through the initial teething stage in the least painful way will pay off as they continue to grow more teeth.

Here are four things to understand about teeth-growing pains. Scroll further for recommendations on some products to try to ease a child's teething.

Physical symptoms‌

Your baby may suddenly be very irritable or upset. They may be gnawing on their fingers or toys, pulling at their ears and drooling excessively. Upon inspection, their gums may appear to be swollen or inflamed. A slight fever is also common.

Changes in patterns‌

You might find your baby suddenly waking and sleeping at different times, or wanting to eat outside of regular meal times. There might be a change in bowel movements, as swallowing saliva increases diarrhea. Your little one might also have a tough time sleeping due to the pain and discomfort.

Serious signs‌

If your baby has a very high fever, rash, vomiting, runny nose or excessive diarrhea, you should seek medical help. These are not normal signs of teething and shouldn’t be ignored. Your baby may have something that needs medical attention.

Relief‌ products

  • Freezer-safe teethers: Freezer-safe teethers provide cooling comfort to sore, inflamed gums. Often filled with gel or water, you can freeze it for baby to chomp on and experience mess-free cooling relief.
  • Teething accessories: Bib or bandanna teethers and mittens are great accessory choices. You could don a chew-safe necklace while carrying your baby.
  • Teething snacks‌: If your baby has already started eating solids, consider easily dissolvable teething cookies or biscuits. These cookies and biscuits are specially shaped for toddlers to easily hold onto and feature multiple textures for them to chew on. Always supervise your child when they’re eating teething cookies, biscuits or other foods.
  • Non-medicated gels and oils‌: Available in liquid, oil and gel, these provide relief when directly applied to the baby’s gums. As with any other product, read the ingredients to be sure it’s safe for your baby.

Stefanie Hammond is a writer for BestReviews, a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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