Teething—What you should know
Teething is a common challenge for parents with small children. Just when
should a parent worry, and should it be blamed for long sleepless nights?
Below are some guidelines:
- Teething causes some discomfort of the gums, can often be accompanied by
swelling in one or two locations, and can cause kids to be sensitive or
clingy. It does not generally cause high fevers (>101), long sleepless
nights, diarrhea, poor feeding or lowered resistance to other illnesses.
- Children who are teething do often have diarrhea, but the cause is not
the teething. It is more likely the fact that everything is being put
in the mouth in an effort to chew and soothe sore gums.
- A dose of acetaminophen goes a long way in soothing teething, and lasts
longer than teething gels which can numb gag reflexes and may not be safe
in small infants. Homeopathic teething tabs may also be helpful when used
as directed. If the infant is 6 months of age or older ibuprofen can help
more since it has some anti-inflammatory properties. (See dosage chart)
- If your child is crying all night despite a dose of pain reliever, is inconsolable,
is not eating or drinking, or has swollen gums throughout the whole mouth
you should seek medical attention.
If this information did not help you with questions about your child's
teething, please call the office and discuss it with them.