For most babies, it’s about four to seven months old. The first teeth break through, which is often accompanied by pain. For the parents now begins an exhausting time
Here are some tips on how to help your teething child.
How do I know if my baby is teething?
If the baby is always whiny, has red cheeks, without it feverish and also slobbering even more, are the visible evidence that teething is imminent. If you scan the lower jaw of the infant, you may find that it has become very hard there or perhaps even the teeth shine through.
First, the lower front incisors break through, then the two upper ones. Teething continues until about the 30th month of life. Only then is the deciduous dentition fully formed. In some children you do not notice the teething at all, the parents suddenly discover that something white flashes in the mouth.
Other babies, on the other hand, are whining, screaming unceasingly, especially at night , having diarrhea and a sore bottom. Or they keep putting objects or their hands in their mouths to chew on them.
Help with home remedies
Grandma’s old home remedies still provide relief today.
- Give the baby something to chew on, such as a bread crumb, a piece of apple or carrot. The massage effect thereby reduces the pain. Under no circumstances should you leave the child unattended as it could ingest it.
- It is better, you give him a wet cool washcloth or soak the rag with chamomile tea. This has a calming and analgesic effect at the same time. Also chewing on a leek onion brings relief, because essential oils are released.
- Alternatively, give your baby a cool spoon or teething ring. Tees are available from specialist retailers, which you can cool off in the fridge beforehand.
Help from the pharmacy
- A natural teething aid, which is available in pharmacies or drugstores, is the violet root, which releases pain relieving and soothing ingredients while chewing. With the violet root you only have to pay attention to cook it out regularly so that the adhering germs are removed.
- Secure with a pacifier chain, but never hang it around the child’s neck.
- Another option is the use of homeopathic globules. Let’s recommend something in the pharmacy.
- Especially for the night is recommended a Zahnungsgel. This is applied to the painful areas and acts like a local anesthetic. This is how the baby sleeps better.
- Punctures should only be used in extreme cases and should be discussed with the doctor first.
How else can I help my baby?
The infant needs a lot of attention during the acute period of teething.
- Distract the child as much as possible with games, often hug it or look at picture books together.
- Gently massage the gums or perform a full body baby massage. Protect it from moisture by the many drooling. Put a bib or diaper around your neck and cream your chin and neck regularly.
- Remember that dental care starts with the first tooth .