The pain from childhood teething has likely faded from your adult memory. However, it’s very real and immediate for your little children as their baby teeth work their way through their sensitive gums. Here are some tips that can help relieve your child’s teething discomfort. We also recommend checking out this tooth eruption chart from the American Dental Association!
- Gentle Gum Massage
- Teething Toys
- Chilled Fruits in a Mesh Feeder
- Child-Safe Pain Relievers
- Lots of Love
Gently massage your baby’s gums around the emerging tooth with your clean finger or a soft, damp washcloth. The gentle pressure can help ease the pain. You can also supervise your child as they chew on a chilled washcloth.
Teething toys and teething rings are popular for a reason. Chewing on a soft, non-toxic teething toy can really help your child feel better. Chilled (not frozen) teething toys can provide additional relief. Be sure to keep the toys clean.
Offer your child chilled fruits such as bananas, pears, strawberries, melon, and mangoes in a mesh feeder. The mesh feeder eliminates the worry about choking as they enjoy a refreshing snack that also eases their sore gums. Sucking on mesh feeders, teething toys, fists, and fingers can produce a lot of drool, so be sure to regularly dry your child’s mouth, chin, and neck with a soft, clean, dry cloth to prevent skin irritation.
When your child is particularly uncomfortable, talk to your child’s pediatrician about using an over-the-counter children’s pain medication such as acetaminophen. Follow the dosing directions carefully. Avoid remedies that contain benzocaine or lidocaine.
Sometimes the best comforts are reassuring words, cuddles, and gentle back rubs. But even after all their primary teeth have grown in by their third birthday, your child will still benefit from daily physical touch, hugs, and words of affirmation!
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
As soon as your child’s first tooth erupts, we invite you to schedule their first dental visit with our children’s dentist, Dr. Jennifer Hole. No matter your child’s age or dental discomfort, Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry and Braces is here for all your child’s oral healthcare needs with our comprehensive children’s dental services. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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