Toothy tips for your baby’s first teeth

As your little bundle of joy is taking in the new sights and sounds of the world around them and learning how to make their way around, you need to help them along not only to get accustomed to their environment but also in their development. Teething is one of the most uncomfortable phases in a child’s life, and as a parent you need to exercise the right practices to make this time a little more bearable for them. From there on, make it a point to instill healthy oral hygiene practices in your child as early as possible.

Although you may not know when your child is about to begin teething, they themselves may display some signs that you should pay attention to so you can be ready. Sleeplessness, crying and a tendency to bite anything and everything they can get their hands on (which is quite dangerous) are some of the more obvious ones which can be remedied with some of these tips:

  • RINGS: Easily found in drugstores and baby shops, these rings are specifically designed to help teething babies along. This provides them with an option to chew on something safely although there are some precautionary steps you should take. For starters, though they can be chilled before use in the fridge, avoid the freezer. Freezing the rings could damage your baby’s teeth as they are too hard.
  • GELS: For this option, though it is very effective you are advised to seek the assistance of a doctor especially if your baby is upto 4 months old. Generally, teething gels are mostly used to numb the affected area as well as heal and soothe any sores or wounds that may have come up as a result of constant gnawing and grinding. It has been known to provide relief quite effectively, however always get medical clearance beforehand.
  • HEALTHY OPTIONS: This one is rather sneaky… but it’s for their benefit! As babies are notoriously hard to feed, this is your golden opportunity to give them some healthy food options. Considering their need to bite on anything they find, carrot sticks, apples and other fruits and vegetables you can cut up into small pieces make wonderful chew items.
  • MEDICATION: Considering how small they are, wherever possible try to avoid giving them medicines as they are not exactly good for you. However, if your baby has a fever or seems to be in severe pain, it is best to consider this option. Of course, ensure you get a doctor’s clearance beforehand as they will be able to suggest baby-friendly options which are widely available in many pharmacies. Rubbing a cold finger and gently massaging their gums is also something many mothers practice for relief.
  • PLAY: While all the above options are great for relief from teething, distraction also works quite well. As your baby is bound to be irritable during this time, playing and talking to them can help them get their mind off the pain and discomfort. Engage them in music and also toys that have movement to keep them interested.