How to Handle a Teething Toddler

Teething 1Teething toddler at home? It can be tough for both of you.

A few teeth make their lovely appearance in the front, by the time your baby celebrates her first birthday. So, it’s no more a “gummy” smile now. But, this is not the end. There is teething, and then there is teething again – even more painful one this time! All thanks to those big molars that are all set to poke through the tender gums of your baby.

At around 13 to 19 months, molars start popping up. They are large in size, with double edges and can be twice as difficult to cut as the baby incisors. This may make your child miserable and irritable.

Let us have a look at some of the toddler teething symptoms you can keep an eye out for to offer best relief remedy to  your child:

  • Irritation on chin or cheek
  • Red swollen gums
  • Improper sleep and decreased appetite
  • Constant rubbing of ears on the same side as the erupting tooth
  • Drooling, biting and chewing
  • Slightly increased body temperature but not fever

Ways to soothe your toddler’s gums:

Give your toddler a frozen stick of cucumber or a peeled raw carrot to chew on. Be there with her while she is eating it to ensure that she doesn’t choke on any piece she bites off.

To distract her from her discomfort, give her a cool spoon or a slightly frozen wet, clean flannel to chew on. They offer interesting textures.

A cool teething ring is also ideal. It is always recommended to use solid teething ring over liquid filled rings, which could leak.

Offer your child a cup to drink milk or water. Bottle-feeding and breastfeeding can be painful for a teething toddler as sucking causes more blood to rush to the swollen areas, making them more sensitive.

If nothing else works and your child seems to be in real distress, consult your paediatrician and give her the correct dosage of infant Paracetamol.

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While you take all the efforts to soothe your toddler, remember, that you also need to be patient as teething takes a good amount of time to complete its process. Hence, you may need to pay extra attention and provide extra care to your toddler.

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