Before that adorable smile makes an appearance, those precious little teeth have to push their way through your baby’s gums. This process, called teething, can lead to swelling and discomfort for your little one—not a pleasant situation for either of you. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help. Read on to learn what a children’s dentist in Castle Rock recommends.
Massage Tender Gums
Wash your hands and then use one finger to gently massage your baby’s sore gums. Sometimes applying slight pressure can provide temporary relief from soreness so your baby is more comfortable.
Teething rings come in all shapes and sizes, and they are made from a variety of materials. The ones that are liquid-filled seem to provide the most relief. When placed in the refrigerator, these ring remain cold for quite a while. Don’t offer your baby a frozen teething ring, which could harm sensitive gums.
If your baby has already started to eat solid food when he or she begins teething, try offering cold applesauce, yogurt, sweet potatoes or anything else you think will be comforting when served cold.
You may also want to try offering large chunks of carrot, apple or other hard fruits and vegetables for your baby to gnaw on. If you do, be sure to carefully watch your baby to make sure they don’t bite off a piece that might cause choking.
Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
When nothing else will work, these over-the-counter pain relievers can help relieve your baby’s discomfort and pain. A word of caution: ask your pediatrician first. Both acetaminophen and ibuprofen should have a doctor’s approval before being given to a child who is not yet a year old.
What about Drooling?
The first indication that your baby is starting to teeth may be increased drooling. This will likely continue throughout the time that they are teething. Excessive drooling can begin to irritate your baby’s chin, neck and chest if left to air-dry all of the time. Have a soft cloth nearby so you can gently dab away saliva.
See the Dentist for Kids in Castle Rock
Last but not least, don’t forget to schedule a dental checkupbefore your son or daughter’s first birthday. This early appointment gives the pediatric dentist in Castle Rock the chance to make sure their teeth are healthy and that their smiles are developing appropriately.
Meet the Doctor
Since graduating from the University of Iowa, Dr. Layne Benzley has been steadfast in his efforts to provide children with the absolute best in oral care. A certified Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Benzley is qualified to provide the type of unique care that children need at Castle Rock Smiles. He can be reached for more information through his website.