How To Help Your Teething Toddler

Posted on May 14, 2023 | First Time

How To Help Your Teething Toddler

The average two and a half year old usually has all 20 of their baby teeth. The eruption of these teeth, especially the molars, can be uncomfortable and often painful for toddlers. When teething, toddlers may drool more than usual, have swelling around their gums, be fussier than usual, and feel compelled to have their fingers in their mouths. 

5 Ways to Comfort a Teething Toddler

  1. Cold Food and Drinks 

Cold food and drinks will be soothing to their gums. You can try ice water in a sippy cup, chilled applesauce, frozen yogurt tubes, or cold fruit in a mesh feeder. If you’re breastfeeding, a toddler’s instinct to chew can be disruptive to feeding times. Breastmilk popsicles can be made at home and may be soothing to tender gums.

  2. Teething Toys

Teething toys are often kept in the fridge or the freezer and soothe while also encouraging the teething process with pressure on the gums. Don’t worry if you don’t have a teething toy available, using a clean washcloth soaked in cold water will work too! 

  3. Gum Massage

Massaging the gums is a wonderful way to help relieve teething pain and soothe your child. First, wash your hands thoroughly, and then run your fingers under cold water. Then gently massage in a circular motion over your child’s gums. 

  4. Over The Counter Pain Medications

Trying other methods first is best, but if they fail to bring your toddler enough relief, over the counter pain medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help. Remember to follow the instructions on the package and talk to the pediatrician before administering any new medications to your child. 

  5. Keep Your Normal Routine

Although teething and fussiness can interfere with  your child’s regular routine, it is important to try your hardest to keep your child’s schedule consistent. Doing this will increase their sense of security and allow your child to get all the rest their little body needs.

When Should You Schedule A Dental Appointment for Your Toddler?

A child should see the dentist for their first exam by the eruption of their first tooth or by the time they turn one (whichever occurs first). During your child’s first appointment at Blossom Pediatric Dentist, our dentists will perform a thorough exam to ensure your toddlers teeth and jaw are developing properly. The dentists can also provide you with teething tips and dental care recommendations for your child. 

To schedule your child’s first dental appointment, we welcome you to contact Blossom Pediatric Dentistry today. 

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