Teething occurs when your child's first set of teeth, or primary teeth, break through the gums. This usually happens at six months but can occur earlier, anywhere from three to 12 months. By the time your child is three, she will have 20 primary teeth.
Teething causes soreness and swelling in the area where the teeth is breaking through. It can last from three up to five days, and disappears when the tooth has broken the skin. If you're wondering what you can do to ease your child's discomfort, take a look at these ten tips:
- Make homemade teething biscuits.
- Use a clean toothbrush to rub his gums for two minutes. It helps circulate the blood and minimizes swelling.
- Make a popsicle of his favorite fruit and let him eat it when his teeth are bothering him.
- Give him kid-friendly (and clean) toys to chew on.
- Beef jerky is a fun and tasty way to help your child with teething pains. Just make sure you keep an eye on him so he doesn't swallow or chew too much of it off.
- Apply gentle pressure with your clean fingertips on to the swollen areas.
- Carrots are great for teething kids. Or better yet? A frozen baby carrot!
- Frozen objects or foods help numb the sore areas. Freezing a teething ring will be doubly effective in getting rid of your kid's case of the crankies.
- Add a little chamomile tea to your little one's bottle to help soothe and relax him.
- A mild pain reliever like acetaminophen or ibuprofen could help ease his discomfort.