Anabelle comes into the clinic with her 6 months old baby, complaining that she’s been crying a lot coupled with mild fever.

 

She presumes her baby is beginning to teeth as she noticed tiny sprouting from the baby’s gums but has no idea how to help her baby feel better.

What does Infant Teething Mean?

­­­­­At Four Months of age or older, babies begin to grow their first teeth; the deciduous teeth, often called “baby teeth” or “milk teeth” which appears sequentially by emerging through the gums.  This continues until age 3 where they’re said to have grown their full set of primary (milk) teeth.

Teething Symptoms

These symptoms are not same for every baby, but most babies experience these:

  • Lots of drooling
  • Swollen, tender gums
  • Fussiness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild fever
  • Gnawing and wanting to chew on hard objects

It is normal when your baby starts to exhibit any of the above during this period, but it is also important to note that some other symptoms, such as: Diarrhea, Higher fever, Rash or any other symptom is not related to teething and should not be misunderstood as a teething symptom.

What are the best Teething Remedies?

What might soothe another baby’s gum might not soothe your baby’s gum, so you should be open to try different things to make your little one feel better.

Generally, these should help:

  • Gently massage the baby’s gum with your clean finger
  • Chewing on something cold: A clean wash towel that is damped and put in the refrigerator for a while would work just fine
  • Teething Rings or Toys: Also known as Teethers, give the baby something hard to chew on to relive the aching gums. Putting them in the refrigerator soothes the gums even better. When using teething toys, you should be mindful of the material from which these toys are made to avoid putting your baby at a greater risk of poisoning. Avoid using liquid-filled teething objects or rings as they could break, instead opt for those made of solid rubber
  • If you’re nursing, gently massaging your baby’s gums with your fingers dipped in cold water helps relive the ache and may keep the baby from biting your nipple while nursing

 

How Safe is Baby Pain Medication?

In the case that none of the above work, you should consider administering pain medications to your baby. Some Doctors recommend giving a baby infants’ acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for babies 6 months and older), so it is totally safe to administer the afore mentioned pain meds to your baby at this point. However, before any of these can be done, you should consult your baby’s doctor to be properly guided on the correct dosage.

It is important to note that there are other pain medications that are unsafe for Infants. You should only give recommended pain medications to your baby.

At Choice Dental, we will be happy to answer your questions about infant teething  and how it can be managed. You can visit us at our office in Victoria Island, Lagos or give us a call today at 0700(DENTIST) and set up a consultation appointment.

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