Teething can be a very painful process for your child, and it can be painful for you as a parent to walk through this time with them. Sometimes it can be hard to tell when your child is teething or if they’re bothered by some other ailment. If they are in fact teething it can be hard to know what to do to help alleviate their discomfort. Read Dr. Scott’s blog to find out more about how to spot teething and what to do about it!
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Teething can begin as early as 6 months and last well into the 3rd year of your child’s life. This is tough, especially if your child has a hard time teething.
Signs and Symptoms of Toddler Teething
To help determine whether your child is indeed having trouble with teething, it is important to know the common signs and symptoms. Frequently, if your child’s teeth are beginning to erupt, you will see an increase in drooling. You will also see an increase in gnawing on things like toys or even their own fingers to help the teeth break through. You will likely also see some behavioral changes. Teething can make even the most pleasant child cranky. Of course, the most apparent sign of teething is swollen or irritated gums. With these symptoms, of course, it is always best to consult your pediatric dentist to make sure that you get a correct diagnosis.
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Ways to Help Soothe Your Toddler
There are some simple ways to help alleviate some of your child’s discomfort. Introduce chilled and soft foods into your child’s diet. The cold can help ease some of the inflammation in the gums, and the soft food will minimize discomfort from chewing. You can also rub down their gums with a wet, cool towel or give them a chilled (but not frozen) teething ring. Also, consider speaking to your pediatrician about giving your child pain relievers. This is something you should always talk to your doctor about first so that you can be sure you’re administering the proper dosage. Lastly, providing your child with entertainment and distractions like outside play or crafts will help keep their minds occupied.
Go See Your Pediatric Dentist!
Of course, it is always a wise decision to schedule regular visits with your pediatric dentist. If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in the area, then come see Dr. Scott at Parkcrest Dental Group. He will be able to help you and your child navigate the teething years and give you excellent advice on how to manage pain and make sure your child’s teeth are healthy. Contact us today to set up an appointment!