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teethtime_sm.jpg Teeth Time
6 Tips to Deal With Teething Trauma
by Christen Claytor

Unstoppable drooling, unbelievable crankiness, unusual sleeping…Yep, it’s teething time. Things are about to change dramatically. Here are 6 mom-tested tips on how to survive the teething experience. 
 


      

teethtime_lg.jpg Teeth Time
6 Tips to Deal With Teething Trauma
by Christen Claytor

Unstoppable drooling, unbelievable crankiness, unusual sleeping…Yep, it’s teething time. Things are about to change dramatically. Here are 6 mom-tested tips on how to survive the teething experience. 
 
Get ready, get set, its teething time! When your baby starts teething and possibly being cranky, remember, teething is a big milestone. Even though it can be a tough time period in you and your baby’s life, it should be a memorable one. Some baby’s begin teething as early as 3 months and continue teething until their third birthday. Usually, the first two bottom middle teeth come first then the top two middle ones, followed by the ones along the side and back.
When your baby begins teething, you may notice that they drool more and want to chew on things—anything they can get their hands on. The most common teething symptoms are: drooling, gum swelling, fussiness, sleep problems, biting behavior, or refusing food. Surprising, not all babies do become cranky from time to time. If your baby seems extremely irritable, you should contact your doctor.
 
In order to help make your baby a little less fussy, here are some tips to make the teething process go smoother:

  1. If you don’t have teething rings already, buy one—or two. Babies will even be happy with a cold washcloth. The key is something clean, cold, and firm to chew on.
  2. Rub your baby’s gums gently, but firmly with a clean finger to ease the pain temporarily.
  3. Wipe your baby’s face often with a soft cloth to catch the never ending drool pool and to prevent a rash from developing on your baby’s face.
  4. Acetaminophen may help with irritability, but consult with a doctor first. Never ever place an aspirin against the tooth or rub alcohol on your baby’s gums.
  5. Subscribe to daily dental care: before teeth emerge, wipe your baby’s gums daily with a clean, damp washcloth. When teeth begin to come in, brush them gently with a soft infant-sized toothbrush with water only.
  6. Lastly, don’t allow your little one to fall asleep with a bottle—if you do, you are just asking for tooth decay and plaque to form.
 



      

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