Teething is usually one of the most uncomfortable times, for both the baby and the parents. When teething at 3 months or thereabout, the baby gets too irritable and cries a lot. The reason for this is the discomfort, soreness, and pain that they experience while a tooth is breaking the gum to come out. There are a couple of ways to comfort and make things a little better for the baby. Some of the common methods include:
Introduce teething toys
Giving the baby a teething toy is one of the most popular solutions for most mothers. The toy is a safe chewable material, usually food grade silicone, which soothes the gum as the baby chews on it. The toys also come in a variety of shapes and colors that will entertain the baby and distract him from the pain and discomfort.
Keep it fresh
Lowering the temperature on the gums of the teething baby will relieve the pain and soreness. There are a couple of ways, through which you can do this. The easiest is to put the teething toy in the refrigerator to cool, and then let your baby chew on it. Remember not to freeze the toy or get it too cold, as contact with extreme cold for the baby can be harmful.
Dry the drool
Teething process usually comes with excessive drooling. Ensure that you have a clean cloth nearby and dry the chin of the baby whenever it is covered with drool. This will prevent some irritation, especially on the skin. You can also consider applying some moisturizer.
Try hard foods
This is particularly good for babies that are already eating hard foods. You can try offering the baby something which is edible, to gnaw on. Good examples are a carrot or cucumber, which has been peeled. If you wish, you can also chill the carrot or cucumber before giving it to the baby. Ensure that you monitor the baby closely as a piece that breaks off can be a choking hazard.
Massage the gum
You can use a clean finger to massage the inflamed gums gently, to relieve pain. Massaging works by counteracting the pressure from the tooth that is erupting. However, this is just a temporary solution, which lasts as long as the massage.
Over the counter remedy
If the crankiness of your baby gets beyond what you can handle, try over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Ensure that you check with the pharmacist first to get the right dosage for your baby.