Most children especially need a lot of love, affection, and attention when their first teeth emerge from their jaws. In this article, you will find out how you can help your child with tricks and home remedies.
When the first tooth breaks through, its root grows. The tooth rises through the gum line. At this point, your baby’s gums will be swollen and red. Even inflammation can occur. Tension pain is also typical. This itches and presses. A fever can occur and some babies get red cheeks. Your little one’s body is focused on erupting teeth, which means that the immune system is weaker. An infection can also be behind the fever. If this takes longer, you should see the pediatrician.
What will help your baby with his first tooth?
In pharmacies, there are gels to rub into the painful areas to combat pain. The following tips also help against the pain:
- To relax the gums, you can massage them before teething. Use finger cots from the pharmacy for this.
- You can buy special teething rings in stores. Make sure that these do not contain any plasticizers (no PVC), but are made of polyethylene (PE) or polypropylene (PP).
- The increased flow of saliva quickly makes the throat and chest wet. A bib (diaper scarf made of cotton) helps to absorb the saliva. If the corners of your mouth have become sore, use a baby cream to care for them.
- Children instinctively know what will help them with pain: chewing. This chewing acts like a massage on the gums, especially when your baby is chewing on hard objects. If your child is over 6 months old, give them a crust of hard bread to chew on. You can also put it in the freezer beforehand so that the bark also cools. IMPORTANT: Do not leave your baby alone with this so that he or she does not choke.
- A chilled spoon provides relief because the cold counteracts inflammation. Put the spoon in the refrigerator, but not in the freezer – otherwise, it will get too cold.
- Unsweetened sage or chamomile tea relieves the discomfort. You can give this to your baby to drink or dab the affected areas with it.
10 Parenting tips to help your teething baby
- Your child needs something to bite while teething. Offer him pieces of cucumber and hard bread also helps. But be careful because of the risk of suffocation! For example, there are so-called fruit teats with a fine net in which you can put the food. So your baby can bite and chew on it safely. In stores, you can also find non-toxic products such as teething rings and the like.
- You can use acupressure to distract your child from the pain once or twice a day: press a few millimeters between the second and third toe or on an imaginary line between the forefinger and metacarpophalangeal joint in circular movements for about 60 seconds.
- The homeopathic remedy Chamomilla D6 (put 4 globules in the cheek pouch 4 times a day) helps in a whiny mood when your baby just wants to be carried around.
- 20 milk teeth wait for their breakthrough at birth. Once the first tooth has made it, a new one is usually added every month. If not, you can give your child the Schüssler salt No. 1 (Calcium floratum D6) in the evening to accelerate tooth eruption.
- When teething, your child’s alveolar ridges also itch a lot. You can gently soothe your baby’s gums with a silicone thimble with nubs.
- If your child is in severe pain and the gums are severely swollen, a metal spoon chilled in the refrigerator will help.
- A washcloth soaked in chamomile tea that your child can chew on also alleviates the discomfort.
- Special teething aids such as gels or various preparations are available in the pharmacy. It is best to get advice from your pediatrician or pharmacist.
- About 1 in 3000 to 4000 babies is born with what is known as a “witch’s tooth”. If the tooth hinders breastfeeding or if it is already wobbling a lot, it may have to be removed.
- Some babies struggle with extremely sore buttocks when they are teething. If this is the case for you, swaddle as often as possible and let your baby kick in the air without a diaper. A wound cream can also help. Also offer your child lukewarm sage or chamomile tea.
More tips for baby dental care:
- Daily toothbrushing is compulsory from the first tooth: Put a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on the children’s toothbrush and then regularly care for the teeth with circular movements.
- Only water and unsweetened tea belong in the baby bottle. Everything else is absolutely taboo, as otherwise so-called bottle caries can occur.
- Get an age-appropriate toothbrush with soft, short bristles and a non-slip handle. You should replace it with a new one every eight weeks at the latest.
- Frequent sucking on the bottle is not at all good for your teeth. Avoid constant sucking and give your child a flat pacifier right away.
- If your child eats fruit together with other foods, the acids they contain do not cause any harm. In the case of smoothies and juices, however, the situation is completely different – the acids are not neutralized and damage the teeth.
- Rituals don’t just help you fall asleep. The best way to celebrate the daily brushing routine is with a nice song or rhyme.
- Good dental care is extremely important from the very first tooth. Eat healthy foods and drinks that do not increase the risk of tooth decay. Teething time is stressful for both your child and you. Keep calm and help your little sunshine with love and patience through the difficult times. Always remember: like every development step, the whole thing comes to an end again at some point!