Teething is the process by which an infant's first teeth sequentially appear by emerging through the gums, typically arriving in pairs. The soreness and swelling of the gums before a tooth comes through is the cause for the pain and fussiness a baby experiences during this change. Classic signs and symptoms of teething include drooling, chewing on solid objects, irritability or crankiness and sore or tender gums.
HOW IS PAINFUL TEETHING DIAGNOSED?
Teething infants often feel better when gentle pressure is placed on their gums. One can gently rub the gums with a clean finger or having the child bite down on a clean washcloth. Cold objects many help reduce inflammation.
HOW IS PAINFUL TEETHING TREATED?
The teething process can be treated by soothing the baby with the painful teeth in his mouth. Use a clean finger (or cold teething ring) to gently rub your baby's gum for about 2 minutes at a time. Many babies find this soothing, although they may protest at first. The doctor may prescribe over the counter painkillers to help the baby with the pain. Providing cool things to chew on is another effective way to treat teething.
DID YOU KNOW?
Teething babies love to feel pressure on their gums because it helps distract their brain from the sensation of teething pain. Some parents swear by homeopathic teething drops and tablets.