The teething process typically starts between 6 and 12 months old for babies. However, teething can start as early as 3 months of age. Usually, it is easy to tell if your little one is teething because you can feel their teeth growing in. In addition, your 3-month-old teething baby will most likely be fussier and cry more often than usual.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help the pain of your 3-month-old teething baby. In fact, you can ease irritability, pain, and swollen gums with several home methods.
When a baby is teething, they typically like to chew on their hands. Chewing helps relieve pain and irritation.
A teething mitten is one of the best teething aids for 3-month old, especially since they are too young to hold a teething ring by themselves. Simply place the teething mitten over their hand, allowing them to easily chew for hours.
Teething mittens are made with silicon, come in different textures to ease pain, and availed in bright colors for your baby’s sensory stimulation.
A teething pacifier is like a regular pacifier except it has features that help ease discomfort. Teething pacifiers are generally made of silicone which is a durable material that can withstand chewing and biting. Likewise, teething pacifiers come in different textures that help soothe your baby’s gums.
According to the Kute Keiki, a cold teething ring can help sooth your 3-month old babies’ gums. In addition, a teething ring gives your baby something to chew and can distract them from discomfort they may be experiencing. The Mayo Clinic also advises against dipping teething rings in sugary substances to prevent cavities. Additionally, do not give you little one a frozen teething ring, it can damage your baby’s gums.
Teething Gels and Ibuprofen for Teething
Sometimes a little one can be in a lot of pain when they are teething. It is during these times when it is tempting to give your child teething gels or ibuprofen for teething. However, many specialists recommend that your try non-medical options first like teething rings or mittens. In fact, most professionals discourage the use of gels and children’s Ibuprofen.
Nonetheless, if you decide to use a teething gel, make sure that it is specifically made for young children. It is also recommended that you see a physician before giving your baby any type of teething gel, children’s Ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Other Great Tips
Fortunately, there are several other great tips that can help your 3-month old teething baby such as
- Gently rub their gums with a clean finger
- Playing or comforting your baby to distract them from their discomfort
- To prevent a rash caused by drooling, gently wipe their face with a soft cloth
Always contact your child’s doctor if you have any questions or concerns. In addition, it is highly recommended that you register with a dentist once your little one’s teeth start to come in.