Here are tips for soothing teething babies with
sore gums and how to soothe teething babies.
Soothing Babies With Sore Gums
The most common problem while teething that causes irritation and
pain in babies is swelling of gums and itchiness in them, as teeth
push the gums from beneath, causing them to bulge. Sometimes, the pain
in jaws becomes so severe that it gets shifted to ear canal too.
Babies cry and wail and are inconsolable and the helpless parents are
at a loss about what to do to soothe their little darlings. Here are
some tips for soothing babies with soreness in gums while teething:
- Cool off the pain: Use fake Popsicles or teething
pacifiers that have bumps on them by keeping them in the
refrigerator and giving them to the baby to bite, chew or suck and
cool the pain off, when he/she is hurting. Remember that teething
rings or teethers are not to be kept in the freezer as they can harm
the tender skin of the infant.
- Distraction: Teething pain can be chronic and cause great
discomfort to the baby making him/her irritable. You can cuddle the
baby more often, talk to him or offer her a new toy as a way of
distraction to soothe her so that she forgets her ache for sometime
as she gets attracted to you or the toy.
- Massage: A tooth deep in the gum may be painful and yet
not have bruised the gum. In such cases, counter pressure created by
chewing can help to soothe the baby and plastic toys, teething rings
and other soft plastic toys for teething babies may help her to
satisfy her urge to chomp. If the babies' gums are too tender,
then you can lightly massage them with a clean finger or a finger
wrapped in washcloth to soothe the baby.
- Medications: Many parents trust over-the-counter local
anesthetics like Anbesol or Orajel for their babies but do remember
to follow the directions carefully or the baby may fall sick. They
should never be given to a baby more than four doses a day or for
more than two weeks. Acetaminophen drops may also help the baby to
fall asleep but they must be used only at the time of nap or in
nighttime. Do not use them to soothe the baby when he should be