The Milestones in Baby Development

Soothing the Pain: A Guide to Baby Teething

30 Oct, 2023

How do you know when your baby is teething? 

Here are some of the signs to look out for: 

  • Irritability: Teething can make your baby fussier than usual. They may cry more often and become easily upset.
  • Excessive Drooling: Teething stimulates saliva production, so you'll likely notice your baby drooling more than usual.
  • Chewing and Biting: Babies often find relief by gnawing on objects, their fingers, or even your shoulder. This is a way of massaging their gums and soothing the discomfort.
  • Swollen Gums: Teething can cause redness and swelling in the gum area where the new teeth are coming through.
  • Sleep Disturbance: Discomfort from teething can lead to disrupted sleep patterns, leaving both you and your baby feeling tired.

At What Age Are Babies Teething?

Teething usually begins between the ages of 4 to 6 months, although it can vary. Some babies might start teething as early as 3 months, while others might not show signs until after their first birthday. The order and timing of teeth eruption are unique to each child.

Do Babies Cry Hysterically When Teething?

Babies can cry more than usual when teething, but it's essential to distinguish this crying from other potential causes. While teething can lead to increased fussiness, it usually doesn't result in hysterical crying. If your baby appears to be in severe pain or cries excessively, it's crucial to rule out other issues and consult your doctor.

How Do You Soothe a Teething Baby?

Soothing a teething baby can be challenging, but there are several strategies to help alleviate their discomfort:

  • Teething Rings: Teething rings are excellent for babies to chew on. Make sure they are clean and safe, and you can even refrigerate them for added relief.
  • Gentle Gum Massage: Use a clean finger or a soft, wet cloth to gently massage your baby's gums. This can provide comfort and help break up some of the pressure.
  • Cool, Soft Foods: Give your baby something cold and soft to chew on, like a chilled (not frozen) teething biscuit or a peeled, cold cucumber.
  • Pain Relief Gel: Consider using a teething gel specifically designed for babies. Apply it sparingly to the gums as directed.
  • Distraction: Sometimes, a good distraction can work wonders. Play with your baby, sing songs, or read a favourite book to divert their attention from the discomfort.
  • Proper Hygiene: Maintain good oral hygiene by gently cleaning your baby's gums and any erupted teeth with a clean, damp cloth.
  • Teething Toys: Choose teething toys made of safe, non-toxic materials. Make sure to follow the manufacturer's guidelines for cleaning and care.
  • Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers: If your baby is in significant discomfort and is over a certain age (as advised by your doctor), you may consider giving them infant pain relievers. Always follow the recommended dosage and consult your healthcare provider.
  • Cuddle and Comfort: Sometimes, all your baby needs is you. Offer extra cuddles and comfort during teething episodes.

Remember, every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Patience and understanding are key during this phase. If you're ever in doubt or your baby's discomfort seems severe, consult your doctor for guidance.

Teething is a temporary phase in your baby's life, and although it can be challenging, it's also a sign of their growth and development. Be there for your little one, provide comfort, and follow these tips to help them sail through this teething journey with a smile – even if it's a bit gummy!