Teething is a part of a baby's development into toddlerhood - usually beginning anywhere between three and nine months of age - but it doesn't come without its share of aches and pains for everyone involved. As a mom, I've experienced this with both of my sons.
Teething fever, for example, is common when new teeth are coming in. Treating the fever may seem easy, but it is important to know all possible methods and deciding the ones that are best for your baby. Here are some common mistakes and better alternatives that I learned and could help your baby find relief.
Common Mistakes and Methods for Baby Teething Fever
Mistake #1: Setting the room temperature too low. Even though this sounds like a logical way to make someone with a fever feel better, the temperature of your baby's room should always be at a comfortable temperature for the climate.
Better Alternative : To help your baby feel better, you can give your baby a lukewarm bath or dip a cloth in lukewarm water and rub then massage his body with it. The best part is your baby feels relieved immediately and it's safe.
Mistake #2: Giving your baby adult medication or aspirin. It's never a good idea to give your baby any adult medication, even if it's a very small dose.
Better Alternative : There are fever-reducing medications specifically made for infants that are safe for them to take. Be sure to read the dosage instructions to ensure you give your baby the right amount.
Mistake #3: Giving your baby cold water to drink. Even though it seems logical to give your baby something cold when his body temperature is up, there has been some debate over whether cold water is good for them at such a tender time.
Better Alternative : Keeping your baby hydrated is definitely a good way to help him through a fever, but rather than giving him cold water, opt to breastfeed, or feed him some baby formula.
In addition to these suggested alternatives, massaging the baby's gums with your finger can relieve some of the pain and help your baby sleep through the fever according to the Indian Dental Association. Most importantly, stay calm. Teething fever is nothing to worry about and normally doesn't last for more than a day. If the fever lasts for over two days, you should definitely contact your paediatrician.