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Navigating Through The Teething Phase

Just when you think you finally can get some sleep and your sweet baby is into a routine, all of a sudden things turn on a dime. They are cranky, cry and keep you up at night, and it’s deja vu all over again. You are now officially navigating through the teething phase.  Here are some tips to make it a bit less traumatic for you and your baby.

Common Signs Of The Teething Phase

Beginning about 4 months, signs of the teething phase include irritability, disrupted sleep, drooling, loss of appetite, and a low grade fever (anything over 100.4 is not related to teething). In addition, you may notice your baby is grabbing things and putting them in his or her mouth. Gums may be inflamed and a rash around the mouth may develop.

baby crying and biting his fingers

Solutions To Soothe Everyone

Mom, dad, siblings, and baby all suffer through the teething phase, but there are some solutions to make it through with a smile.

Be Cool

Cool items will satisfy their needs. Teething rings can be put into the fridge. Dip your finger in ice water and let them suck on it. Massage their gums with your cool finger or cold spoon to help to calm them and ease their discomfort. Give them a frozen wash cloth to hold on to and put into their mouth. Be sure you are monitoring to prevent any problems.

Cuddle And Rock

Don’t underestimate holding your baby close and rocking them, as this special contact can work wonders. Breastfeeding can help as well to calm and soothe.

OTC Meds

Over-the-counter medications, like Tylenol for infants, can help your little one find relief. Please check our website for Tyelnol dosing.

Distract

Making funny faces and sounds is a great way to make your baby laugh and forget their uncomfortable gums, at least for a while.

Other suggestions include:

  • Give them a bath to distract them from the discomfort and to change the scenery
  • If they are over 6 months and have already tried some solids, you can try frozen eggo waffles, which will slowly melt into a mush they will love
  • Rub your baby’s face, jaw, and gums several times a day in a circular motion to relax and soothe

If your baby’s symptoms do not improve, contact Elmwood Pediatric Group, especially if they have a fever over 100.4 and they are coughing. It could be more than just teething.

Elmwood Pediatric Group is here to help your little one navigate through the teething phase. When in doubt, contact us at (585) 244-9720.

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