Getting her first tooth, or teeth, can be painful. But adorable. Here are a few tips to help her minimize the discomfort while those new chompers come in.
The first tooth is a huge, super-exciting milestone — for mom and dad. But for baby, it’s not exactly fun. Even tiny teeth cutting through her gums can hurt, so it’s no wonder she may be cranky (and maybe scream a little).
Keep her entertained
Get your little one's mind off the pain. Take her somewhere new — like the zoo or a music class. Read her a great colorful baby board book, or just head out for some exploring at the park.
Make sure she's getting enough rest
A baby who is in pain will only be more upset if she's not sleeping well. If she can't sleep well due to pain, it might be time to try some medical treatments.
Before attempting to give your baby medicine (natural or conventional), talk to your baby's pediatrician about your options, which will usually include things like:
Never rub your baby's gums with alcohol. This is an old-time remedy, it's true, but back when this was common, we had no idea how bad alcohol was. Alcohol in any form is never safe for your baby.
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