15 Jan What to Expect When Your Child Starts Teething
Teething is one of the most dreaded periods in the life of an infant for both parents and baby. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with teething symptoms can help ease this exciting but difficult milestone.
First, you should know which teething symptoms are considered normal and when you should consult a pediatrician. Normal teething symptoms include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive drooling
If your child is experiencing fever, rash, or diarrhea, or if normal teething symptoms seem only to increase, contact your child’s physician.
What’s safe for soothing teething symptoms and what’s not
Teething itself is a natural stage of life and not life-threatening, however certain soothing methods could result in serious complications. The American Dental Association recommends using a clean finger, cold spoon, or moist gauze pad to soothe sore, swollen gums.Before using your fingers, ensure they are free of germs by washing them using soap and warm water. Teethers can be used, but only rubber-filled teethers are considered safe by the ADA. Teethers filled with liquid or objects could contain substances that are harmful or dangerous to your child.
Benzocaine products such as Orajel are not recommended for children under the age of 2, and we urge all parents to refrain from giving their infants homeopathic teething tablets. These tablets are considered dangerous by the Food and Drug Administration due to inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a potentially poisonous herb found in homeopathic teething tablets.