Painful teething is a common issue faced by most infants. Teething is a process of breaking out of the teeth from the gums. This could be a very natural process but it may cause extreme discomfort and uneasiness in some babies. General symptoms such as irritability, constant crying, loss of appetite and weight loss are observed along with hardened gums when a child is teething. Some babies may also have diarrhoea.
HOW IS PAINFUL TEETHING DIAGNOSED?
Teething is diagnosed by observation. High fevers or significant irritability should not be attributed to teething and other causes should be sought.
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 is a natural process, with some infants being fussy while some being least bothered.