Your bundle of joy is growing more and more each day. Soon they will have a full mouth of baby teeth. Until then, how can you help them through the uncomfortable growing pains of teething? Here are a few answers and tips from Dr. Emily Hortman and Palmetto Dental Associates in North Myrtle Beach, SC on caring for your baby while they are teething.
Understanding when it is time to start caring for your baby while they are teething
Your baby’s first tooth should appear between three and 14 months; however, most teeth erupt around six months. Once your baby’s first tooth emerges or if your baby is one year old, then it is time for their first dental visit with Dr. Emily Hortman at Palmetto Dental Associates. Remember, some baby’s teeth emerge in chunks and some emerge one at a time.
Options to reduce pain when caring for your baby while they are teething
It can be difficult to see your child in pain, especially from teething. Palmetto Dental Associates recommends a few ways to reduce pain from teething. There are numerous over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen that you can give your baby. A name brand of acetaminophen is Tylenol, and an example of ibuprofen is Advil. An alternative option is a numbing compound such as benzocaine used by Dr. Hortman. Of course, before giving your baby medication, check the bottle or speak to Dr. Emily Hortman or pharmacist to determine the right dosage for your baby.
Protect the Baby Teeth when caring for your baby while they are teething
They may seem insignificant now, but baby teeth designate the path for permanent teeth to grow into. The goal for babies is to remove the bacteria on their gums so their first teeth have a clean place to grow into. Before their first tooth emerges, wipe their gums after eating. Sugar from their milk can build-up on the gum and cause a plethora of issues.
Although there is not a single indication of teething, a few signs include excessive drooling, irritability, need to chew on items, swollen gums, rubbing eyes, cheeks, or ears, and lack of sleep. If you think your baby is teething, call Dr. Emily Hortman at 843-399-2525 to schedule their first dental visit with Palmetto Dental Associates so that we can ease your concerns when your baby starts teething.