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?
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?
There are plenty of things you can try before resorting to pain relief products or teething gels. Giving your baby something cool to bite on can relieve the pressure and ease the pain.
DID YOU KNOW?
You can try rubbing your clean finger over the gums of your baby to relieve the pain temporarily.