Friday, 6 February 2015

Myths of Teething in Babies

Myths of Teething in Babies
Today, we will talk of an interesting topic on Myths about Teething
We parents often think that teething is responsible for practically every cough, sneeze, and cry in a baby's first years. But health experts now say that if your baby has a fever, appears ill, or suffers from any symptoms more severe than crankiness, drooling, and biting, it's best to have the pediatrician examine him to rule out something more serious, like an ear infection.
The Pediatrics study found that there was no correlation between teething and congestion, sleep disturbance, coughs, vomiting, or fevers over 102F.
Another misconception is that teething causes diarrhea. Babies may have loose stools from swallowing extra saliva. But remember if the stools are explosive, numerous, or accompanied by blood or mucus, she needs to be evaluated for something else.
Teething causes grumpiness in babies- Teething babies may be edgy or hard to settle at naptime and bedtime because of throbbing gums, but it's a dull pain, not a poking pain. Generally the pain from an ear infection is intense. I, often, used to think that my daughter was suffering from teething symptoms; but actually she was infected by viral or other bacterial infections during her initial years. So it’s always better to consult pediatrician if your baby does not seem alright.
Food factors- Another factor affecting your little one's mood and health is his diet. Because this is a stage when your baby may be trying a different new food every few days, allergies or gas could be the cause of his grouchiness. "Look at the big picture," he says. "There are a lot of things other than teething going on at this time in a baby's life."
Remedies to ease teething pain
1.  Begin a regimen of massaging and cleaning the baby's gums as soon as he is born," Dr. Hanna suggests. Whether you breast- or bottlefeed, clean his mouth out after feedings whenever possible. "Using a clean piece of gauze or a washcloth, rub your finger along the gum pads, cleaning out any leftover milk," he says.
2.  Massaging the gums will make teething just a little less painful.
3.  Some babies and toddlers instinctively soothe themselves by grabbing anything within reach and biting on it, but biting on hard toys can sometimes damage incoming teeth. As an alternative, offer your baby a chilled (not frozen) plastic teething ring and check it every day to make sure she hasn't bitten through.
4.  If she relieves pressure by chewing on you, pull her off you. Sternly say, "No biting!" and offer something else to chew on.
5.  At nighttime, you can give them infant Tylenol to help them sleep through the night.

Teething is hyped too much on internet and social media. Relax! Your baby will be able to pass through this phase easily. Don’t worry too much. Once your baby gets her new set of teeth, I am sure you will love to see them and your baby’s ear to ear grin will all be worthwhile!!!!

Enjoy parenting and have a great time!!!!

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