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When Your Baby is Teething

Baby teething is one baby milestone parents always dread.  The constant crying, sleepless nights and the biting.  Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?  The good news is yes, the not so good news is no one knows how long it will last.

Baby teething usually begins somewhere between three months and a year old.  Obvious signs of baby teething include; drooling, crankiness, wakefulness, crying, biting, chewing and tender gums.  And that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Other signs can be less obvious than others.  They may refuse food or may not be drinking milk, they may have a rash around the mouth, and there may be a runny nose.

Soothing Remedies for Your Teething Baby

You can soothe sore gums by letting them chew or suck on chilled teething rings, frozen baby bagels or popsicles.  When teething keeps your child from sleeping, you may need to use baby Motrin, Tylenol or Ibuprofen.  You can get the right dosage of these medicines from your doctor or pharmacist.  You can also massage their gums and mouth to relieve some pain.  Massaging their gums equalizes the pressure on the gums as the tooth pushes up from below.  Keeping a chilled pacifier in the fridge can also help relieve some pain.  Lots of parents say that letting their child suck on a cold, wet washcloth helps.  The bonus of this remedy is that the washcloth absorbs up some of that extra drool that drenches baby from head to toe!

Parents want to do whatever it takes to make their teething baby feel better; stockpiling medicine, oral gels, teething aids and tips from your friends may be able to help you through the worst teething.  Homeopathic pain pills may also be useful: Hylans makes a baby teething remedy that is regarded as safe and effective.

Although it may seem that the teething process is going to last forever, it does come to an end.  Just take some extra time to make sure that your baby is comfortable so that you can be too.

Find more help to get more sleep for you and your baby at Child n’Parent.

By:  EA Walker

1 comment November 23rd, 2009

Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods

It’s nice when the only thing you have to feed your baby is breast milk or formula. But soon they will need more than just breast milk or formula to satisfy their hunger.  You may notice that your baby is starting to reach for everything. When you are eating something while holding them, they will be reaching for your spoon, bowl, plate or glass.  You give her a taste and laugh at the funny face she makes. But is it time to start feeding them solids?

Doctors will usually say not to start your baby on solid foods until they are about 6 months old.  This is because a baby gets all the nutrition they need from their mothers breast milk or the formula. Always ask a medical professional before starting your baby on solid foods.  Your baby should also show sign that he/she is ready for solid foods. Your baby should be able to sit up unsupported and have good control of his neck. He should also show an interest by opening his mouth when a spoon is coming towards him, and being able to keep some food in his  mouth.

Most babies are ready for iron-fortified infant cereal at about 6 months of age.  Pureed fruits and veggies may be offered at 6 to 8 months of age. And meats may be introduced at 8 months of age. Start with infant cereal for the first 1-2 weeks.  Then offer them a bland vegetable such as peas or carrots.  Only introduce a new food about every 5-7 days.  You need to be able to notice if something is giving your baby food allergies. After your baby is enjoying several different vegetables, you can try a fruit.  Avoid citrus fruits and strawberries until about 12 months of age.

Watch for signs of allergies or intolerance like skin rashes, wheezing, diarrhea or vomiting. Foods that most often cause allergic reactions are cow’s milk, citrus fruits and juices, nuts, egg whites, and wheat products. Do not force your baby to eat. Stay positive and keep your sense of humor open.  Remember, your baby is more likely to eat if you are not stressed and uptight about them eating.

Foods with different consistency and texture should be offered as your baby gets older as well.  Offer small portions of a wide variety of foods with different taste, smells and textures. Do not force them to eat it if they do not like it. Just try to give it to them again later.

Do not use honey as a sweetener.  It can cause infant botulism, a type of food poisoning that can lead to death. Avoid foods that may cause choking, such as corn, nuts, raisins, candy, grapes, and hot dogs cut in circles.  Introduce new foods one at a time and watch for signs of a food allergy or intolerance as described above.   Avoid foods that may irritate your baby’s digestive system, such as spicy and greasy foods as well as pastries.

Look to Child n’Parent for more parenting help to keep your baby healthy and happy.

By: EA Walker

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