Teething Symptoms, Anomalies, and Remedies…

Baby teeth typically start breaking through the gums between 4th and 8th months for a baby.  For some, this process can be very uncomfortable.  Although some older generations believe that teething is associated with fever and diarrhea, modern research has shown that these severe symptoms are unrelated to any dental conditions.  However, local symptoms such as excessive saliva and drooling are very typical as well as irritability, loss of appetite, and trouble sleeping.

Here are some things you can do to help your baby get through this process:

1.  Teething rings:  Chewing on something hard can alleviate the pressure and itchy sensations on the gums.  Refrigerating the teething ring can provide extra comfort as it numbs up the area a little bit.  Just make sure it’s not too cold for the mouth and fingers!

2.  Warm compresses:  Studies have shown that massaging the gums with finger or warm towel can provide some relief.  This method works best for older toddlers as infants tend to have a hard time sitting still for a gum massage.

3.  Analgesic medication:  Children’s Typenol or Motrin can be given every 4 to 6 hours.  Make sure you consult your pediatric dentist or pediatrician first to determine how much to give in order to prevent overdosing.  I often recommend just giving it before bedtime but not during the day as I prefer to minimize medication for my own child.

I do not endorse over the counter teething/numbing gels for infants.  For these topical anesthetic gels to work the gum tissue has to be dried first which is practically impossible when you’re working with a baby.  The relief it offers usually only sustains for 10 to 20 minutes and the child ends up swallowing most of the anesthetic gel.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s teething, please feel free to contact me at my Las Vegas pediatric dental office, Red Rock Kids Dental.

 

I will post later about my experience treating my own daughter’s teething symptoms 🙂