October 3, 2022
Your baby will encounter many milestones during the first year. One that can be stressful for both infants and parents is teething.
“It’s a stage all infants go through between 4 months and a year,” said Dr. Jason Goldstein, Sunshine Billingual’s Advisor for Health and Wellness. “The child will experience some discomfort. That’s normal, but it can be worrisome for parents, especially when going through it for the first time. There were studies done back in 2011 where they looked at the effects of teething and found no correlation with any types of long-lasting problems. So, there’s no need to be overly concerned. And there are a lot of things you can do to help make your baby more comfortable until those teeth come in.”
Signs that your baby is teething
Each baby is different, but there are several symptoms that can indicate that your baby’s teeth are coming in. Among the symptoms that could indicate your baby is teething are:
Ways to soothe your baby’s sore gums
A baby will naturally try to alleviate the soreness in its gums by biting on things. Those “things” might include parts of your body if you’re not careful. Fortunately, there are many items you can provide or things you can do to help ease the child’s teething pain. Those include:
Remember that each child is different, so experiment to discover what works best for yours. And keep in mind that most children will likely be fussy while they teethe. But once they’re past this major milestone, you’ll get your sweet, happy baby back.
Here are some additional resources for soothing your teething baby: