Knowing how to soothe a teething baby at night can sometimes be the most important thing a parent should know. Teething is the most challenging time for babies and possibly for parents during the development stages. My little angel had to go through it, and I was pretty much an emotional wreck thinking of all the things that could go wrong.
Baby teeth are so cute, but they are also no picnic for the parents. The pain of teething can be seriously upsetting for babies and even their parents.
Teething is going to happen, and whether you like it or not, your baby’s new teeth are going to cause them some pain. So, you do what any good parent would do and try everything you can think of to soothe the pain.]
When do babies start teething?
Every baby is unique, but most babies begin teething between 3 and 9 months. The lower middle incisor is usually the first tooth to appear, around 6 months. The upper-middle incisor appears about 8 months, followed by the lower middle incisor. The remaining teeth typically appear in pairs, with the two upper lateral incisors coming around 10 months and the first molars appearing about 13 months.
This order of appearance is usually:
- Front bottom teeth (lower central incisors) may appear as early as three months but usually appear between four and seven months.
- Front top teeth (upper central incisors) – these usually appear at around six to 10 months.
- Side lower teeth (first molars) – these usually appear at around 13 months but can occur as early as nine months or as late as 19 months.
- Side top teeth (canines or cuspids) – these usually appear at around 16 to 22 months.
- Back bottom teeth (second molars) – these usually appear at around 23 to 31 months but can occur as early as 17 months or as late as 33 months.
- Back top teeth (second molars) – these usually appear at around 25 to 33 months but can occur as early as 20 months or as late as 38 months.
Your baby will probably have all 20 baby teeth by the time they are three years old.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Teething Baby?
Teething is often blamed for all sorts of baby health problems. But teething usually doesn’t cause serious illness in babies.
The discomfort of teething can start several days before a tooth appears, and it may continue for a few days after the tooth is visible. The pain of teething may make your baby irritable or fussy and cause disrupted sleep.
Your baby may also drool more than usual and chew vigorously on things (such as plastic keys and frozen bagels) because of the pressure on the gums as new teeth emerge. A mild fever (less than 101 degrees F) may also develop. Not all babies go through this — some may cruise through with no symptoms at all!
Some symptoms may be more severe than others, so it is crucial to be prepared for anything. Here are some common signs of teething:
- Irritability and fussiness
- Sensitivity to touch in the mouth area
- Swollen gums
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sucking or gnawing behavior
- A decrease in appetite
- Cough or runny nose (this can occur because of all the drool)
- Rubbing their ear on one side (this can occur because of referred pain from the jaw)
Here’s how to soothe a teething baby at night!
Your little one is probably dealing with sore, tender gums and may have trouble sleeping. Several remedies can help your baby feel better.
Soothe sore gums
Give your baby something cold to chew on. Ice water-soaked gauze or a clean, wet washcloth (frozen or not) can offer their gums some relief. You can also try a teething ring made of firm rubber. Don’t use gel-filled teething rings that can break and leak into your baby’s mouth or frozen ones that are too hard and could hurt her gums.
Distract the infant with food
If your baby eats solid foods, offer cold foods like applesauce or yogurt to soothe their gums. Or let them nibble on a cold carrot or chilled cucumber slice.
Massage the gums
Use a clean finger to gently rub or massage your baby’s gums. This may ease the pain and help the teeth break through the gums more easily. Toothpaste can help keep your hands clean while you do this—just make sure it’s safe for babies (it should have fluoride but no grit).
Over the counter remedy
Try an over-the-counter remedy. If your baby is incredibly cranky, you may want to ask their pediatrician about using an over-the-counter medication designed for teething babies. These products don’t take the pain away completely, but they may take the edge off and help your baby feel better.
When it comes to teething, there are a lot of myths out there. In fact, teething is not painful for all babies. Some will get through teething with only minimal fussiness. Others, however, may experience more discomfort than their little bodies know how to process. If you think your baby is in pain, try one of the above tips to help ease their discomfort:
Takeaway On How To Soothe A Teething Baby At Night
Teething can make for a miserable baby, and a sleep-deprived parent. Every baby experiences teething differently. Some babies have no symptoms at all, others may only get fussy for a few days. And then there are the ones whose entire body hurts (and makes yours hurt, too).
The good news is there are lots of ways to help your baby feel better. Just keep in mind that these remedies provide temporary relief — they won’t make a tooth pop through any faster.