Baby Teething Concerns: What They Are and How to Handle
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Teething is a normal part of the growth and development of your baby. Teething can cause pain, discomfort, and even drooling and fussiness. 

You may be worried about your baby’s teething or you may be anxious about how to soothe your baby when he is teething. 

You might even wonder if you should stop giving your baby any type of pain reliever during teething because of the risk of addiction. 

However, there are some simple ways to soothe your baby when he is teething. These simple tips will help to relieve any discomfort that may come from teething.

Symptoms of Teething

You should watch for any of the following symptoms when your baby is teething:

  • Drooling
  • Gagging and/or vomiting when he eats or drinks something that he doesn’t like
  • Tearing at the corners of his mouth and lips as he chews on his teeth
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep for long periods due to discomfort from teething pain 

In addition to having difficulty sleeping, your baby may also be difficult to soothe when he is teething.

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How Long Does Teething Last?

Most babies show signs of teething at around 6 months of age. At this age, it’s normal for a baby to have their first tooth show up in the back corner of their mouth near their tongue. 

It’s also normal for a baby to lose teeth as they grow older; however, many babies stop having teeth around 3 years old or before they are 3 years old. 

If your child experiences tooth decay before he is 3 years old, then you should consult with your pediatrician. It might be because of bacteria, improper teeth cleaning, or other health problems.

A baby smiling, having no teeth yet.
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How Does Teething Cause Pain?

Teething is a normal part of growing and development, but it can cause pain if the baby has not been given proper pain relief or has had the wrong type of pain relief.

Babies are very sensitive to pain and will do anything to avoid it. 

Babies who are not given pain relief may suffer from dehydration, fevers, skin irritations, ear infections, and many other symptoms that come from teething. 

If you give your baby any type of pain reliever when he is teething, you could put him at risk for dependency on these medications. 

You may also put him at risk for side effects like constipation or sleepiness. 

For this reason, most pediatricians recommend you should wait until your baby shows signs of teething before giving him any type of pain reliever or prescription medication. 

Besides waiting before giving him any type of medication, you should also make sure that the medicine is being used correctly. 

That way, it does not cause any damage to your baby’s developing teeth.

Teething Tips

Teethers can help to relieve any discomfort that your baby may experience from teething. 

In addition to teethers, you should also make sure that you are providing your baby with an excellent source of calcium so that he can help baby teeth develop properly. 

Also, make sure that he is getting enough sleep and nutrition so that he can stay healthy.

A baby with yellow knitted clothes, feeling the pain of teething.
Photo by Juan Encalada on Unsplash.

Baby Teethers

There are many types of teethers available on the market today. However, most of them are simply not effective in helping to relieve any discomfort or pain that your baby may experience. 

For this reason, look for a type of teether that is made from natural materials like wood or silicone. 

These types of teethers will help to provide your baby with some relief when he is in pain. They will provide him with something to chew on instead of his gums or his cheeks.

It will help to reduce the pain as well as provide him with some relief from the discomfort.

If you are looking for a type of teether that is made from natural materials, then you should make sure that it is BPA-free. 

Many parents should know that BPA has been linked to cancer and other health problems.

Keep Your Children Healthy

If you are worried about your baby’s teething or you are concerned about how to soothe your baby, then these simple tips will help to relieve any discomfort that he may be experiencing. 

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