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Teething Tips for Parents

Published on December 30th, 2019

For babies and parents alike, teething can be a nightmare, causing discomfort for your baby, sleepless nights for you, and future visits to your dentist in South Loop. To potentially give you and your baby some peace of mind while he or she is teething, here are some things you can try to do to soothe their discomfort.

How Can Parents Help Soothe Sore Gums?

1. Use something cool on their gums.

Similar to icing a sore muscle, a cold washcloth, spoon, or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. If you should choose to use a chilled teething ring, be sure to use a cool ring and not a frozen one.

2. Take care of their drool.

Drooling is, unfortunately, often an inevitable part of the teething process. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby’s skin. If irritation should occur, consider applying a baby-friendly moisturizer, such as a water-based cream or lotion.

3. Consider hard foods.

For those that are already eating solid foods, solid foods such as carrots or chilled cucumbers are a great substitute for the blocks or toys they might otherwise be chewing on. However, always remember that solid foods pose a choking hazard.

4. Try an over-the-counter option.

Certain medicines such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Children’s Motrin, etc.) can be baby-friendly and a great option for pain relief if your baby is particularly cranky. Consult your doctor or your dentist in South Loop if you are unsure what to give.

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For more information on teething or on your child’s general dental health, call your dentist in South Loop at South & West Loop Dental.

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