Teething can be extremely painful for a baby and very frustrating for moms and dads, too. For most babies the first teeth begin to erupt sometime between four and seven months old. However, it takes about three years for the full set of primary teeth to come in. During this time your child may experience periods of fussiness, have trouble sleeping, be irritable, drool (a lot!) and even have periods characterized by a lack of appetite.
HOW TO SOOTHE TEETHING
One great piece of advice for teething babies is being creative in finding ways to soothe them. When a teething child needs something to help ease the pain, here’s what we recommend:
- Gently rub the gums with a clean finger
- Rub the gums with a small, cold spoon
- Rub the gums with a moist gauze pad
- Purchase a safe teething ring
We do not advise using benzocaine products to soothe teething for children younger than two. Some of these products include Anbesol, Hurricane, and Orajel. Benzocaine has been connected with a rare disease that reduces the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream and can be very dangerous.
If your child is teething and you would like more information, please feel free to call the office anytime at 516-921-8010. We are here for you!