Teething Troubles in Babies: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment (Home Remedies)

Teething Troubles in Babies: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment (Home Remedies)

Dr. Neeraj Kumar

Medically Reviewed By

Dr. Neeraj Kumar

MBBD, DCH (Paediatrics)

Introduction

Teething is a natural but often uncomfortable process that every infant goes through. It’s a significant milestone in a child’s development but can be a period of slight discomfort for the baby but lost of distress for the parents. Understanding how to relieve this discomfort is crucial for ensuring your child’s well-being and your own peace of mind. A number of myths have been associated with teething, in fact teeth are blamed for causing all type of diseases in children. This article aims to provide comprehensive guidance on managing teething troubles effectively.

Common Symptoms

Teething can manifest in various ways, and symptoms can differ from one child to another. However, some common signs include:

  • Drooling: Excessive can saliva production is often the first sign.
  • Irritability: Babies may become fussy and irritable due to the discomfort.
  • Chewing and Biting: A natural instinct in this age, not related to teething.
  • Swollen Gums: Red, swollen gums where the tooth is coming through.
  • Sleep Disruption: usually not.
  • Low-Grade Fever: A slight increase in body temperature is common but should be monitored.

Home Remedies

Home remedies can be a first line of defense in alleviating teething discomfort. Here are some effective methods:

  • Cold Spoons: A chilled spoon can provide relief when the baby chews on it.
  • Frozen Fruits: Pieces of frozen fruits like bananas or melons in a mesh feeder can be soothing.
  • Gum Massage: After washing your hands, gently massage the baby’s gums with your fingers.
  • Teething Rings: Opt for solid teething rings rather than liquid-filled ones to avoid any risk of puncture.
  • Cool Water: A sippy cup of cool water can be offered to babies older than 6 months.

Over-the-Counter Options

Sometimes home remedies may not be sufficient to alleviate the discomfort. In such cases,

Over-the-counter medications can be considered:

  • Acetaminophen (Paracetamol): Suitable for infants and can relieve mild to moderate pain.
  • Teething Gels: Some topical anesthetics are available, but their use is generally not recommended due to potential side effects. What to Avoid While trying to relieve your child’s teething discomfort, there are certain practices and products to steer clear of:
  • Aspirin: Never give aspirin to a baby as it can lead to severe complications.
  • Alcohol: Rubbing alcohol on the gums is an outdated and unsafe practice.
  • Choking Hazards: Avoid small objects that the baby might choke on. • High Sugar Foods: Sugary foods can lead to tooth decay.
  • Homeopathic tablets: These are frequently used but not required. When to Consult a Doctor It’s essential to know when home remedies and over-the-counter options are not enough, and medical intervention is required:
  • High Fever: If the baby has a fever above 101°F (38°C).
  • Prolonged Discomfort: If symptoms persist for more than a few days without relief.
  • Signs of Infection: Redness, pus, or increased swelling around the teething area.

Conclusion

Teething is a challenging phase for both the baby and the parents. However, with the right information and approach, you can help your child navigate this period with minimal discomfort. Always consult a healthcare professional for persistent or severe symptoms.

FAQs

  1. When do babies start teething? – Usually around 6 months, but it can vary.
  2. How long does teething last? – The process of teething usually lasts from 4 to 7 days.
  3. Can teething cause diarrhea? – There’s no scientific evidence to support this, but some parents report mild diarrhea.
  4. Is it safe to use teething necklaces? – Generally not recommended due to choking hazards.
  5. What foods are good for a teething baby? – All types of foods as per age of the child can be given.
  6. Should I stop breastfeeding during teething? – No, breastfeeding can actually soothe a teething baby.

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