Teething isn’t only a difficult time for the child but for the parents as well. Teething can cause a lot of discomfort for the child leading to fussiness and crying. All children are different and may begin teething at different ages however the most common age is around six months.
No matter what age your child is it’s important to be prepared. Many do not know that you should begin cleaning your child’s teeth before their first tooth even breaks through. Use a clean and gentle washcloth or gauze to do so.
Here are a few signs that may indicate your child has begun teething:
1. Irritability
2. Trouble Sleeping
3. Drooling more than normal
4. Running a low fever
5. Chewing or biting
6. Excessive crying
7. Bumps in the gum line
8. Red or chapped cheeks
The entire process of teeth can go very slowly taking up to a few years. Most children finish teething around ages three and four. If you think your child has begun teething it is advised to see a pediatrician so it can be confirmed. When you know for sure, it is important to help your child deal with the discomfort as best as possible.
If you see your child is uncomfortable you can offer them something cold to chew or suck on like a freezable rubber teething toy or cold washcloth. They also offer numbing gels if they’re in pain. This can be obtained over the counter but be sure to consult with your doctor beforehand.