Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Teething Pains

You've tried everything in the book you can think of to get your baby to stop crying.  Rocking, walking, singing, - and nothing seems to calm her down.  You absolutely cannot figure out what is wrong when it finally dawns on your sleep-deprived brain:  she's teething.

February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  As a mom who has been through the pains of teething.  I wanted to share with you some tips and information I've found.

First, here are some common signs and symptoms of teething.  By the way, if your baby is one of those that woke up smiling with teeth without every crying in the night, you can keep that to yourself :)

-biting
-drooling
-gum rubbing
-sucking
-irritability
-wakefulness
-ear rubbing
-facial rash
-decreased appetite
-running a temperature

Many babies will instinctively try to soothe their pain by grabbing for and biting anything within reach. But remember, hard toys can sometimes damage a baby's teeth.  So you might try some softer alternatives, such as a chilled plastic teething ring, teething biscuits, or even a cold, wet washcloth.

We also carry several products at Cloud 9 designed to help children through teething, and I can tell you that each one of them has been tested in my own home.

Sophie the Giraffe:  Sophie is especially great if your baby is cutting molars!  Her long neck and legs can reach those far spots.

Natursutten Chill-it:  These are BPA-free and can be chilled for your child's comfort.

Chewbeads Mulberry Teether:  Cute and functional, many babies play with these when they aren't teething.  And let's be honest:  isn't that always the thing your baby wants to put in his mouth?  

Lifefactory Silicone Teether:  These are great because you can put them on your wrist so it's always close by.

The important thing to remember about baby teeth is that they are important to your child's long-term health.  A lot of people think that it doesn't matter if their children have a lot of cavities, they are just going to lose those teeth anyway.  But your child's gum health starts early.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest your child have his or her first dental visit by age 1!

What helped soothe your child's teething pains?  I'd love to hear your tips and ideas and what has worked for you.

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