When the teeth start going through the child’s gum is a time when the child can feel a lot of pain, and it is easy to understand why it is the case.
But there are simple gestures to perform in order to ease this pain, and most importantly, there are gestures that should be avoided. As a matter of fact, a lot of importance is given to the teeth themselves when the gums play an equally important role.
When your child is crying and rubbing his teeth on his blankie or salivating, then he or she is teething. This time is a very important moment in a child’s life.
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Help your child when teething causes pain
When your child is teething and seems to be experiencing pain, your dentists recommend that you:
- rub the infant’s gums with your finger,
- give your child a teething ring that has been cooled,
- rub your infant’s gums with the back of a small cold spoon.
In cases when the pain does not subside, Dr. David and Dr. Cloutier may recommend over-the-counter medication such as Tempra or Advil for children, in order to ease the pain.
Here is what you MUST NOT do:
- DO NOT use an anesthetic gel such as Ora-gel, for instance, on your child’s gums, because he or she could swallow that product and choke.
- DO NOT give your child a teething cookie. Those cookies may contain added or hidden sugar.
- DO NOT underestimate the importance of a fever. Teething does not make babies sick or give them fever. If your child has a fever, consult your physician immediately.
Dr. Suzanne David and Dr. Marc Cloutier, your dentists in Montreal, would like to remind you that a sane diet is essential to the normal development of an infant and that every one of the 20 primary teeth will have erupted by the time your child reaches the age of 2 or 3.
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