7 Ways To Pacify Your Teething Child
Being an aunt of a ‘super kido’, we started experiencing teething symptoms of irritability, hypersalivation, gum swelling etc from the third month. She showed her first tooth by 4th month. She being the ‘early developer’ kid, the severity of her symptoms were comparatively less than late bloomers. Having a doctor aunt around her, the supper kido’s teething problems were met pre-emptively. This does not mean that she never cried but she was rescued timely.
Today’s busy life and juggling with responsibilities put off parents when they see their child whining and crying during his teething process and they can be of no help. There are professionally practiced and well-rehearsed ways that can pacify your teething child. Knowing the remedies beforehand is like transforming a cyclone into an average fast wind on the sea shore. In order to preemptively rescue your child from day one. In this article, I will put forward a complete strategy to pacify your teething child.
Strategy To Pacify A Teething Child
Buy your child 2-3 plastic or extra soft silicon, multisensory and multi textured tethers or teething rings, preferably in bright colors.
I would press on bright color tethers because, being a doctor, I have noticed children getting attracted to bright colors. And 2-3 tethers in different shapes will keep the child from getting bored with his only one tether.
Extra soft material is recommended because if the child is very young i.e., 4 months old or has severe gum swelling, then he might need extra soft silicon tether but if the he is 10 months or a year old, then he may prefer plastic tether rather than an extra soft one.
The tether should be multi textured so that on every bite the child could have a different feel and has to exert a different biting pressure.
The tether should be multi-sensory. This way the child will have different sensations on different parts of biting.
By doing this you have a good chance that you may be able to pacify an irritable and biting child, successfully.
Always wash the tether with soap and then boil it for 5 min in boiling water before handing it over to the child. You do not want your child to get infected with the germs. Always wash the tether after use. Clean the drooling saliva there and then. Clean it gently with a clean cloth or tissue paper. Use petroleum jelly at night so that the drooling saliva may not be able to cause rash on the chin.
When the child is irritable with swollen gums, by pressing your washed clean finger on the child’s gums gently but firmly once or twice may sooth the irritation of your child. For irritable swollen gums chilled tethers or washed cold cloth is very effective.
Cold food like yogurt and sometimes small amount of ice cream (like 1 teaspoon of ice cream given in small increments) or chilled fruit placed on the swollen gums so that child can eat it, will help soothe the child. Avoid hard food during the swollen gums stage like chicken and carrots etc.
Give orange juice to your child as it contains vitamin C and is good for the child’s gums recovery. There are situations in which few children show swollen gums of highest degree and for them doctors prescribe gum gels. Remember to always use small amounts of gel on the swollen gums only with your clean washed finger because the excessive amount of gel may numb the soft palate of the child’s mouth which controls the gag reflex and the swallowing process. Be careful in using gels.
If the child is having fever due to swollen gums and the fever is less than 101F, then you can give him ‘paracetamol pediatric suspension’ containing 120mg/5ml. Those who are below 6 years of age the dose should be is 2.5 ml – 5 ml. This suspension is not recommended for child below 3 months. For child between ages of 6 to 12 years, the dosage is 10ml to 20 ml/4 hourly. Iboprufen syrup can be used for children more than 6 years old. Be sure the fever is because of swollen gums, which is a rare case, and is not due to flu or some other infection like chest, ear or urinary infections.
Few Practices That Need To Be Contained
- Do not give your child gels with choline salicylates because it is a cause of Reye’s disease in teenagers.
- Do not give your child Aspirin to rub on the swollen gums because it is also the cause of Reye’s disease in teenagers.
- Do not give a tether that has been dropped on the ground by your child. Wash the tether with soap every time your child drops it on the floor and sterilize it as described before. Boil it daily.
- Never tie a tether with the neck of a child. It may cause strangulation.