Teething And Your Child

Learn some tips about teething and your child. Your child will begin to have teeth before she even turns a year old.

Your child may not notice much pain or interference with day to day activities when her first eight teeth come in during the second year of her life. These teeth are the front teeth that are sharp and narrow and easily cut through the gums. But after your child's second birthday, her molars will begin to move through her gums. This is a painful process because molars are bigger and broader teeth, and it hurts when they try to cut through gums. She may experience some bleeding, swelling, and a significant amount of drooling. It's undoubtedly painful.

But there are some things you can do to help. Your first instinct might be to give your child a bottle to suck on. This is the wrong thing to do. Sucking on a bottle will only cause more pain for your child. Put away the bottles during this time. Give your child a glass to drink from.

You'll want to get some teething toys. These are actually very comfortable to use. They are gentle and can massage gums that are in pain. They can be bought for a few dollars at any baby store.

Many times, however, teething toys just don't work. Some children don't like teething toys or those toys are making matters worse. Another tactic widely used is for the parent to rub her finger over the gums. This will massage the gums in a necessary way and will feel comforting to your child.

Your pediatrician may also be able to recommend a pain reliever that you can put on your child's gums to relieve pain. And seriously--this will be well worth the expense and headache. These medicines truly work and can provide relief for you and your child during this trying time.

When your child is teething, you want to ease the pain in virtually any way that works. It's not a fun time for your baby and you want your child to be able to focus on other mental and physical activities.

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