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A baby’s primary teeth typically begin appearing between 6 months and 1 year and when they start teething it can be a pain not only for them but for the parents as well. You might notice that first tooth and panic, but there’s nothing to worry about. It’s an inevitable process that all babies go through, and there are plenty of ways you can alleviate your child’s pain. Here are a few ways to help your baby get through teething and beyond

Know The Signs

Unfortunately, babies can’t talk to us, and we can’t read their minds, so they don’t really have an easy way to know if they’re in pain. Luckily, they can use their actions to give you an idea of what’s wrong and if you know what the signs are, you will likely be able to tell if they’re teething. Common signs include pulling on the ear, waking up often, problems feeding, fussiness, crying, drooling, coughing caused by the drool, and a rash caused by all of the extra moisture. A combination of these signs could mean your baby is teething.

Know How To Soothe Them

When you know your baby is teething, you may want to help them out. There are plenty of things you can do to ease their pain. You may want to try rubbing their gums with a clean finger or moistened gauze pad. The pressure of your finger can ease your child’s discomfort. Cold objects work really well for easing their pain as well. You can try a cold washcloth, a chilled teething ring or a cold spoon. It’s also important to dry their drool because excessive drooling is likely.

Know How To Take Care Of Those New Teeth

Once those baby teeth start coming in, it’s important that they’re taken care of properly. Since the baby can’t do it just yet, it’s the parents’ responsibility to make sure it’s done and done properly. If your child is younger than 3, you want to start brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste as soon as they start coming into the mouth. You shouldn’t use more than about a grain of rice’s worth of toothpaste, and the teeth should be brushed twice per day, or as directed by a dentist or physician. You should also begin cleaning between their teeth daily once you notice they have two teeth that touch. It’s also important to begin thinking about scheduling regular dental checkups once your child’s first tooth appears. By going to regular checkups, you’ll be setting your child’s teeth and gums up for success.

Teething can be a troubling process, but there are plenty of ways to help get your baby and you through it and make sure their teeth are properly taken care of at the same time. It might seem like an uphill battle at times, but keep pushing and your baby will have those pearly whites before you know it.