Teething and other teeth issues in babes
MANY children struggle with teething, leaving their parents concerned and wondering if there is more they can do to help their child.
Teething is the eruption or cutting of baby teeth through the gums, which can cause some pain for your child.
This is a natural part of your child’s development to enable them to use their baby teeth to eat, but it’s one that can be painful and lead to other side-effects.
Signs that your child may be teething pain include crying more than usual, being extra cranky, not feeding as well as usual, dribbling more than usual, sucking on objects, dirtier nappies, diarrhoea, fever and pulling on their ears.
If your child is pulling on an ear, it will most likely be the same side of their face as where the teething issue is.
While all the above signs could be an indication your child is undergoing a painful teething experience, they can also be part of their general development and completely unrelated to teething. Or they could even be the result of an unrelated infection or illness.
One of the most common ways to address teething concerns is to give your child something cold to bite on, whether it’s a dummy, teething ring or something else. Just remember it only needs to be cold and should not be frozen.
If your child is struggling to eat due to teething, then try cooking mushier food that requires less chewing.
Sucking thumbs or fingers is a natural reflex for babies and young children, which they should stop doing some time between the ages of two and four. Please see a doctor or a child health nurse if they are showing no signs of stopping by the age of four.
Teeth grinding is another common concern, but usually does not require treatment even if it is keeping you awake! Your child should grow out of this, but please see a dentist if they are having headaches, pain or their teeth are wearing down. - WBHHS