Your child’s life is filled with firsts: first birthday, first words, first tooth, and much more. Though most of these are exciting experiences, teething is not much fun. Your child might actually be quite uncomfortable.
With very few ways to communicate with your child regarding their comfort level during teething, it is very important to visit with your dentist to learn the best ways to help you child during teething.
At Pediatric Dentistry of Burke, Dr. David Treff and his staff help new parents understand their children’s oral health. Here are three tips this Burke, Va pediatric dentist team shares with new parents:
Give Your Child Something Cold
If your child’s gums are aching from the pressure of incoming teeth, give them something cold to put in their mouth. You might consider offering them a cold wash cloth or a cold teething ring. Both of these items will gently soothe their sore gums without causing additional discomfort.
It is important to note the word cold. Never give your child something that is frozen in an attempt to help relieve the discomfort of teething. The extreme cold will often cause additional discomfort making the situation much worse.
Prevent Excess Drooling
When your child is teething, their mouth will begin to create additional saliva, which might create excess drooling. If the drool sits on their skin, it might cause skin irritation, and then you have a child that is dealing with the pain of teething and the pain of a rash.
To prevent this, be sure to keep a cloth handy to help clean up dripping saliva. This will prevent it from building up on their face and irritating the skin.
Use an Over-The-Counter Medication
Though visiting a dentist or professional to help your child is the only way to provide long-term relief, many over-the-counter remedies offer short-term relief. You might consider trying infant-grade Orajel (or a similar product) to reduce pain.
Orajel is a paste that you can apply to your child’s gums that will soothe them and relieve the aches and pains of teething. Whenever you use a product like this, be sure to read the directions on the box. If you have any questions or concerns about these over-the-counter treatments, consult with your child’s dentist.