Is your baby teething? Ouch! Most babies will experience some form of pain or discomfort at this time. Here’s how you can help your baby feel better.
1. Gently massage his gums.
During the teething process, your child’s gums can become inflamed and sensitive. You can ease his pain by gently rubbing his swollen gums with your finger—remember to always wash your hands first! You can also gently massage his gums with a clean baby toothbrush with very soft bristles.
2. Give him something to chew on.
Give your baby a clean, cool, wet facecloth to chew on. It’s a great way to get him to gently auto-massage his gums. You can also give him a refrigerated teething ring (choose a solid teething toy made by a reputable company that respects safety standards). Designed specifically for teething, they provide a great gum massage! The cold is also a natural anaesthetic that will numb the pain. Never place a teething ring in the freezer as the extreme cold could “burn” your baby’s gums. In any case, keep your child under constant supervision to ensure his safety.
3. Consult your pharmacist.
If the pain persists and your baby is suffering, your pharmacist can recommend an over-the-counter pain reliever and advise you on the right dosage calculated according to your baby’s weight. Never give acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) to a baby.
4. Shower him with attention.
A little extra soothing can sometimes ease the pain. Spend more time with your child. Hug him, hold him and play with him to both comfort him and distract him from the pain.
Signs that your baby is teething:
Talk to your pharmacist to find out more about teething and for some great advice on how to make your baby feel better.
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