Monday, October 12, 2009

Teething

My daughter has been constantly chewing on her fingers the last week or so which leaves me wondering...is she teething? I thought this would be a good opportunity to talk about some of the symptoms of teething and what you can do to help your child.

Symptoms:
  • Irritability
  • Drooling
  • Coughing (due to excess saliva)
  • Biting and gnawing
  • Cheek rubbing and ear pulling (pain can travel to these areas)

Addition Possible Symptoms (these are thought to be correlated to teething, but have not been proven):

  • Diarrhea
  • Low-grade fever
  • Not sleeping well
  • Cold like symptoms (runny nose)

So what are some things that you can do for your child to ease the pain of teething?

  • Offer your child cold/frozen teething rings
  • Feed your child chilled foods such as applesauce or yogurt
  • Use Baby Orajel or a similar pain relieving product
  • Give your baby Tylenol (check with your doctor first to make sure this is ok)

Here are some additional resources:

http://www.babycenter.com/0_teething_11243.bc

http://children.webmd.com/tc/teething-topic-overview

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/teething/article_em.htm

Feel free to leave comments about what has worked well for your teething child.

2 comments:

tiffany said...

Are you supposed to freeze teething rings or put them in the fridge. My husband and I are disagreeing on this issue!

Allsups said...

Great question Tiffany. I did some research and it depends on the brand/type of teething ring. Some are safe to freeze and some are not. It is best to check the packaging information.