Thursday, May 12, 2005

Baby, Mom and Teething

By Mylea

When baby is young, the natural instinct is to gnaw on our flesh, which can be one of the cutest things ever. Most of the time we mistake this gnawing for love and affection and to a certain extent it is. The problem comes in when they start to teeth now what was so cute becomes very painful and quick. One day they are gnawing and a sharp pain will all of a sudden accompany the once affectionate feeling that came along with the gnawing. The gnawing has suddenly turned into biting. Now what?

Teething has begun and baby has moved on to biting. Now would be a good time to remove all toys that have paint on them, as baby will gnaw on anything they can get their mouths on. Baby may have a special toy that was safe before but because of his teething episode is no longer safe. Toys with parts that can potentially produce choking if bitten off should be put away until baby is past his teething episode.

Provide alternatives such as teething rings, toys or bagels that can be frozen or refrigerated, babies love to chew on cloth items so why not freeze a damp washcloth and give to him to chew on. This will take care of the need to chew and calm down his aching gums.

It may become necessary to treat the pain by using homeopathic remedies or pharmaceutical pain relievers. If the pain is severe, you may have to use infant acetaminophen. The main thing is to find the pain reliever that works for your baby. What works for one child may very well not work for another, so keep trying until you find what works for baby.

Do not over-look plenty of extra cuddle time as this goes a long way when baby is teething. Rubbing a clean finger over gums can help in reducing pain as well as calm baby. Sugar-free teething biscuits or frozen bread slices are also useful; make sure baby cannot bite off a chunk, which could cause choking. Frozen foods should not be to hard because this can cause damage to the gums and induce even more pain.

Because of baby teething mom can very easily become sleep-depraved some tips to help mom or dad are; Avoid caffeine or other stimulants before going to bed, avoid bright lighting or heavy eating before bed, but if you are hungry it will have the same effect on you. Keep your room at a comfortable temperature. While baby is asleep or someone else is watching baby take this opportunity to take a nap, doing so will help you to enjoy baby just that much more because you are well rested. Learn relaxation techniques so that when baby goes to sleep you are able to switch off also. Turn off television, radio and phone and lie down. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, tense up the muscles in your body, and then let go for a relaxed feeling. If you fall asleep, that is great, but if you do not a few minutes of total relaxation can give you a quick energy boost.

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