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Teething: Do’s and Don’ts

by Allie Garcia

Teething Don'ts

DON'T assume its teething:

It is difficult to know whether or not your baby has some new chompers popping through. Make sure to do a mental checklist when your little one has a fever or seems to be acting “off.” Oftentimes they may be fighting sickness, are hungry, tired, or a myriad of other things that make mamas wish these little ones came with owner’s manuals.

Some good (but not exact) indicators that your babe might actually be teething are mouthing hands and objects more often than usual, running a slight fever (up to 101), and swollen gums (especially with molars!)

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DON'T listen to your grandmother’s cousin:

It wasn’t uncommon for older generations to use alcohol (specifically rum or gin) to numb baby’s gums. We now know that this is toxic to babies and NOT an effective way to soothe their little gums. While we didn’t try this method, there were quite a few teething suggestions that did more to exhaust and worry us than provide relief for our little babe.

As with all things in your parenting journey, take suggestions from others with a grain of salt, and do what works best for your family.

DON'T lose hope:

While it may seem like your baby is never going to be himself again, hold onto hope! The teething cycle feels never ending, but there are breaks between teeth, and the older baby gets, the easier it is to tell if they are teething and what will work to soothe them. Teething may cause a temporary disruption in their eating and sleeping patterns- but this will soon return to normal.

Use this time as a chance to wear your baby, listen to some soothing tunes, and have a perfect excuse for extra snuggling. Before you know it, you will be greeted with a handful of change from the Tooth Fairy and a toothless grin again!

Related Article: 20 Tips for New Moms

Allie Garcia has worked for the last seven years in the field of special education as teacher, mentor and online instructor. She has a masters degree in special education and was awarded as Clark County School District's New Teacher of Year. In January 2014, her life was forever changed by the birth of her baby, Mila Skye. On most days, Allie can be found changing diapers, having kitchen dance parties, and laughing at toddler antics with her sweet husband and crazy puppy in Henderson, Nevada.

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