The teeth (or tooth) that causes the most pain while coming out of the gums varies from child to child. It is often the first tooth that causes the most discomfort — or those big molars, when they arrive. For many babies, working on several teeth at once is the worst. Signs of teething:
• red and swollen gums
• red, flushed cheeks or face
• heavy drooling
• gum-rubbing, biting or sucking
• rubbing her ear on the same side as an erupting tooth
• sleepless at night and wakeful during the day
• not feeding as well
• irritable and unsettled
HOW IS PAINFUL TEETHING DIAGNOSED?
Painful teething is diagnosed by the symptoms of the baby. The baby may feel irritated or fussy. The baby may also develop a temperature or diarrhea just before a tooth breaks through. The child will be unsettled and cranky. He will put things and hands in his mouth often as he will feel the urge to do so.
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?
You can try rubbing your clean finger over the gums of your baby to relieve the pain temporarily.