Newborn babies do not usually have visible teeth. The primary teeth, which are also called baby teeth, usually begin developing and growing in when an infant is three to seven months old. Young children usually have all 20 primary teeth by age three. Your baby may be fussier than normal when he or she is teething. This is because your baby’s gums may be sore or swollen before a tooth breaks through. Soreness may begin about three to five days before the tooth appears and should disappear as soon as the tooth breaks the gums. Teething can be hard for you and your baby. Here are some tips to relieve teething pain:
Give Your Baby Something to Chew On
Offer your baby a firm, rubber teether. Avoid teethers that are liquid filled, as they may leak. Also avoid freezable teethers, as they may be too cold or too hard. Never tie your baby’s teether around their neck, because it is a choking hazard.
Soothe Your Baby’s Gums
Gently massage your baby’s gums using a cool, wet washcloth or a clean finger. If your baby is already eating solid foods, feed him or her cold applesauce or yogurt.
Use Medication as Your Pediatrician Recommends
You can give your infant baby acetaminophen (Tylenol) to relieve pain. If your baby is at least six months old, you can give them ibuprofen. Never apply topical pain relievers to the gums, as this can cause dangerous side effects.
For more information about home care for teething and to schedule an appointment with our dentists in Dallas, Texas, contact our dental office today.