Babies are adorable. They laugh, coo, and giggle which makes parents feel all warm and happy. But when their first tooth erupts, this the laughs turn into crying and whining.
This is stage is called teething and all children go through this phase. The timing of teething varies and will not be the same. But for most, the first teeth will come out between 4 to 6 months and. At age 3, a child would have around 20 primary teeth.
Teething can be painful and uncomfortable for your child. Their gums become tender and swollen. This may also lead to other symptoms such as:
The symptoms may also depend on the child. Some children don’t experience such symptoms. Other babies may go through all these.
When babies go through this painful phase, it’s the parents’ job to make them feel better and comfortable. There are many ways to help soothe a teething baby. Here are some of the common methods to do this.
Some families also have their own “tradition” or beliefs when dealing with baby teething. Other parents have also come up with ways to relieve teething. If you’re unsure if a method you’ve heard or seen on the Internet will work, try to consult your baby’s pediatrician first.
Another way to soothe your child is by giving certain kinds of food that won’t irritate the gums further. And since your baby would likely experience a loss of appetite, making some new and exciting meals and treats for them would be a big help.
For busy parents, it may be difficult to prepare food every day for an irritable baby. You can opt for commercial baby food, but these have been found to have ingredients that can be toxic for a child over time.
Luckily, there are homemade baby food recipes that are easy to make. These also don’t require too many ingredients and a lot of steps.
If you just need a quick way to relieve your teething child, you can always go for the cold option that won’t include any cooking.
You don’t need to add any sugar or sweeteners to these options. And instead of water, you can use formula or breastmilk to make popsicles, puree, and smoothies.
Babies can’t make themselves feel better and would have a hard time expressing how bad they feel. When you see the signs of teething, plan ahead. You’ll probably have some misses especially if you’re a new parent. But give them the love and attention they need and they’ll surely feel alright.
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