Teething babies are very irritable, uncomfortable, moody and agitated. Each baby’s teeth develops at a certain pace.
There are a few indicators/symptoms of a teething baby such as:
- Excessive drooling
- Swollen/red gums
- Irritable and agitated
- Not feeding well
- Irregular and disrupted sleep
…the list goes on, but those are the main symptoms that I have experience with my son so far.
Because the teeth is growing through the gums, it is really painful for your baby, particularly because they don’t know how to deal with it, and at times when they feel the need to rub their teeth together, they have a hard time.
Here’s what you can do to ease the pain (and this comes after weeks of googling, searching, asking and snooping around).
- Put your finger in a glass of cold water and rub it over your baby’s gums
- Teething toys (available at most supermarkets)
- Give him fruit/veggies to chew on, but be careful because I gave my son a carrot and he managed to take a bite out of it!
I don’t apply teething gels on my son’s gums who is teething (and in constant pain), although they’re known to be helpful and contain anaesthetic which helps with numbing the gums. There’s no reason why I don’t give him teething gels, it’s just that he seems to be comforted by other alternatives, and didn’t like it when I tried a teething gel on him.
You can also try Calpol (baby equivalent of paracetamol) to help ease the pain but check the dosage, and confirm with your GP.