Teething can be a difficult time for some babies. The process can cause inflammation and the child can experience gum discomfort or itching, stuffy or runny nose, low grade fever, even loose stools.
Chewing on a frozen washcloth or a teething toy can help, and if you’re desperate, or your child seems noticeably uncomfortable, Tylenol can alleviate pain.
From the time your child starts to teethe, it is recommended that you “brush” your child’s teeth daily. Wiping those new chompers with a washcloth can be adequate for a long time, but once your baby gets molars, you should probably switch to a soft brush. Kids love to brush their own teeth, but we all know they tend to miss some spots. It is important for the parent to finish brushing the teeth to ensure that they are all clean! Those first dentist appointments are important, too, and most children should see the dentist around age 1-2. Oral health is important to overall health. We want our kids to keep their teeth their whole life, so teach them early to take good care of them!