Baby start teething at 6 months after birth or earlier. When your baby is at teething period, he may become fussy, sleepless and irritable, lose appetite or drool more than usual.
If your baby have sore or tender gums when he is teething. Here are many tips you can do to help relieve his pain. You could try:
- Giving your baby a clean teething ring or pacifier. Solid silicone-based or rubber teething rings are recommended over liquid-filled products, which could leak and cannot be sterilised.
- Letting your baby chew on hard non-sweetened rusks, breadsticks or oven-hardened bread. Some parents use frozen bread, such as bagels, for a cool chew.
- Giving your baby fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, such as cucumber or frozen bananas which can be soothing on the gums.
- Gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, a small cool spoon, or a moist gauze pad can be soothing.
- The Food and Drug Administration recommends that parents and caregivers not use benzocaine products for children younger than 2, except under the advice and supervision of a health care professional. Benzocaine is an over-the-counter anesthetic, usually under the product names Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel and Orabase. Benzocaine has been associated with a rare but serious—and sometimes fatal—condition called methemoglobinemia, a disorder in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is greatly reduced.