Teething. How to soothe sore gums?

Babies begin teething between the ages of 4 and 10 months. This may be a difficult and unpleasant experience for both the infant and the parents. Teething frequently causes crankiness or crying in babies, as well as irritation in parents. Teething affects each infant differently. Some newborns’ teeth emerge through the gums without difficulty, but for others, teething can be painful and unpleasant. Even so this may be a stressful time for parents, understanding the most common infant teething signs can help you determine when your baby is teething and how to manage it.
Here are a few teething signs to look out for: Soreness or redness on the gum where the tooth is emerging, your kid scratching their ear, flushed cheek(s) where teeth are emerging, your child nibbling and chewing on objects excessively, your child being more fretful than normal, and your child drooling excessively. There are many things parents may do to assist their baby’s gums, get through teething, and possibly get some sleep. Parents may aid their children with teething by doing the following:
1. Use a clean finger or wet gauze to rub your baby’s gums.

2. A cold spoon or chilled — not frozen — teething ring can be soothing.

3. Serve cold foods such as yogurt.

4. Offer teething biscuits (6 to 12 months of age).

5. Consider medicine. Consult with your child’s doctor first.

6. Sometimes all that your child needs is a bit of distraction.

Products to soothe sore gums

Pansoral Teething Gel

Pansoral Teething gel is a soothing gingival massage gel herbal used to help with baby teething pain.

Dr. Brown’s Bandana Bib with Snap-On Teether - Herringbone

The Dr. Brown’s Bandana Bib offers the whole package: A bib with a 100% cotton front and a soft fleece back that keep teething baby dry and comfy, paired with a snap-in 100% silicone teether. The attached teether can be switched out for almost any teether or pacifier with a handle.

Pigeon Cooling Teether

This guitar teether is designed to fit into a baby’s palm, with an easy-to-grip handle. Its ideal shape allows the baby to chew and grasp. It is suitable for babies from 4 months old. BPA free.

NUK Cool Teether Set

The NUK Cooling Teething Ring Set softly massages gums and provides support during teething. The ergonomic shape ensures all parts of the jaw area are reached. To use, simply place the cooling part in the fridge – once cool, connect it to the classic ring. Provides effective cooling with a safe, comfortable grip.

Dr. Brown's Coolees Soothing Teether Watermelon

Help teething baby chill with the Dr. Brown’s Coolees Watermelon Teether. When baby gets worked up from teething pain and discomfort, Coolees is there to calm them down by soothing sore gums and relieving pressure on little mouths.

Resources

Mayo Clinic. “Teething: Tips for soothing sore gums”. Accessed May 29, 2021.

Healthline. “9 Ways to Help a Teething Baby Sleep”.  Accessed May 29, 2021.

Mouth Healthy by ADA. “Teething”. Accessed May 29, 2021.