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Tips for relieving teething pain

Tips for relieving teething pain

Teething usually begins when your baby is about six months old. This is when their milk teeth, also called the primary teeth, begin to erupt from the gums. Here, Dr. Chig Amin, of the Epsom Dental Centre, shares his top tips for relieving teething pain.

Your child should have all twenty of their primary teeth by around the time he or she is three years old. Teething can be a very uncomfortable time for a baby due to the soreness or swelling of the gums. Cold and pressure applied to the gums can help to relieve the swelling and pain.

Pressure and Chilled Things

Just like any other physical ailment, applying something cold onto the gums will help to reduce swelling and numb the pain. Put a wet muslin cloth into a freezer bag and chill it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. When the cloth is chilled to a comfortable temperature, give it to your baby to munch on. Alternatively, wrap a corner of the cloth around your index finger and gently massage the gums. If your baby has started eating solids, give him or her a mesh dummy with chilled fruit. Again, your baby can enjoy chewing away at a cool, hard item.

Remember that excessive dribbling causes irritable skin on the chin, neck and chest. Try to keep the skin as dry as possible by using a bib and changing wet clothes. If your baby does develop dry, chapped skin, gently apply some barrier cream onto the irritated area.

Teething Toys

After disinfecting your baby’s dummy, put it on a covered tray and leave it to chill in the refrigerator. Again, your baby can enjoy sucking and chewing on a chilled toy.

Teething rings are also a great option for cooling and applying pressure to the gums. Teething rings, or teethers, are available in a variety of sizes, shapes and colours. Most are fridge-friendly so your baby can gnaw away on them, chilled or at room temperature. Liquid-filled teethers are also a good option for chilling, but be careful of leakage.

Medicine And Pain Killers

Squeeze a pea-sized amount of teething gel onto your index finger and gently massage it into the gums. Teething gels or granules are ideal for providing fast relief. Infant medicines are meticulously measured out with the correct amount of medication to relieve teething pain. Again, these infant medicines can help relieve soreness and swelling, as well as helping them sleep better.

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