When the baby gets to be 6 months old or so, teething time comes. When teeth start appearing, it signals that the baby is ready for solid food intake. Teething time can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time of inconvenience for both baby and parents because of the pain and accompanying symptoms.

How to Be Sure It’s Teething Time

To be sure it is teething that is bothering your baby, check the gums. The initial signs of teething are the reddening of the gums and the appearance of white dots at the bottom of the gum. If they are hard to the touch, the baby is teething. Finally, if the baby is unusually bent on biting or chewing (like biting and chewing your hands), it may be teething time.

Symptoms and Remedies

Here are teething symptoms to watch out for and the suggested remedies to them:

  1. Sore red gum: If the baby cries a lot for no apparent reason, the gums may be sore. Let babies bite on teething rings or teethers that are designed for soothing sore red gums that make babies uncomfortable and want to bite on something. Teethers are available in the baby section of most malls or department stores. They come in different colors and shapes. Sterilize before using. Cooling teething rings in the refrigerator (but not freezing them) can help alleviate gum discomfort. In the absence of teething rings, wet, cold clean flannel can be used in the meantime.

Also, any cool sugar-free drink, like water or fresh fruit juices, can be used to soothe a baby’s gums.

  1. Dripping saliva: If the baby is salivating a lot, it may be a sign the teeth are soon to show up. The remedy is simply to wipe it dry with a clean cloth. Don’t let saliva remain on the baby’s chin or neck to prevent skin rashes that may aggravate baby’s discomfort.
  2. Crying and uneasiness: As earlier mentioned, crying for no apparent reason may be due to sore gums, so check the gums too. To help distract the baby from the uneasiness, try to play with the baby. For babies 3 to 4 months old, teething gels may be appropriate. They have a mild anesthetic and even antiseptic in some cases. Opt for the sugar-free teething gel. Simply apply the gel to the affected gum part using your clean finger. If the baby is older, liquid paracetamol may be effective.
  3. Fever: Teething usually (but not always) comes with a slight fever. Liquid paracetamol is often the remedy.

Word of caution: always seek medical advice from your pediatrician before you try anything mentioned above, or any teething symptoms remedy, for that matter.