What can you suggest for baby teething?

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Answered by: Ronnie, An Expert in the Baby Care Basics Category
Teething usually starts at about three to four months of age, and continues until around the age of three. The bottom two front incisors usually come through first, followed within a month by the top four front teeth. After that the teeth just keep erupting regularly until all the baby teeth have emerged. Many babies experience slight fevers brought on by the tender and swollen gums, but if your baby runs a high fever you should seek out medical attention. Usually the slight fever and fussiness they experience can be alleviated by a small amount of acetaminophen and the application of cold pressure to the eruption site.

How do we help that tooth to erupt in a way that will give your baby relief from the pain of teething and yet still provide positive pressure to the gums? Many advocate the use of Popsicles for baby teething help, but babies don’t usually like this method because it’s too cold for them. They don’t like to hold onto the Popsicle because it freezes their little hands and, once in their mouths, they will usually just spit it out quickly because it freezes their tongue and gums. Not only that, but it’s also extremely messy and can’t be used anywhere except in a high chair. You usually end up with a baby that is still fussy about their teething but is now covered in sticky syrup from the melting Popsicle.

Another popular method for baby teething help is the use of a frozen hotdog. The baby is supposed to hold on to the frozen hotdog and bite down on it to apply cold pressure to their gums. The problem with this method is that there is a very real danger that your baby might just bite off a piece of the hotdog they can’t chew and choke on it. Hotdogs are one of the most common causes of choking in infants.

One of the best ways to relieve the sore and swollen little gums in your baby's mouth is also one of the least expensive and easiest methods. Just take a wet washcloth and put it in the freezer for a short amount of time to get it really cold. Don't let it freeze because they won’t want to hold onto a frozen wash cloth. This method provides the cold pressure that they are looking for and they can do it themselves.

The cold cloth helps them to apply pressure and yet is still soft enough that it doesn’t hurt them. The wash cloth is also extremely flexible so it can be moved around in their mouth to the areas that they need it most and yet is large enough that there is no fear of them swallowing it. And of course there is the added bonus that the cold washcloth not only allows the baby to apply pressure to their gums above the erupting tooth but will help with the drooling associated with teething as the cloth just soaks it up.

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