Taking care of teething issues

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah.      .

Teething - a normal part of a baby’s development - can be rather hard on everyone when the child is in pain and discomfort. Grumpiness, drooling, and tears can make teething a big trial for babies and parents equally. Your baby tends to become very fussy and irritable when he is teething, and eating becomes fairly painful, thereby, making him or her reject food. Babies start teething by 6 months. The bottom two front teeth are typically the first to erupt; followed by the front two teeth on the top.

Bad temper, a lot of drooling, chewing on objects, sore gums – all this can be exceedingly frustrating and here’s all you need to know about what foods to give your baby when he is teething and how to keep him well nourished.

Foods to give a teething baby

When your child is having teething issues and goes on a hunger strike, the following will definitely help. Also, you need to experiment and test out different foods for teething babies and what he seems comfortable with.

Soft, mushy foods

When they are teething, babies may just want soft, squishy foods, soups and purees. Anything that can be slurped with minimal contact with their gums is ideal! Fruit puree, vegetable juice, soups, dal with mushy rice and khichdi is just the comfort food your baby needs right now. Lentils will provide the baby with complete nourishment and is easy to swallow, causing no pain at all. Tata Sampann Dals are sourced from organic farms; they are processed and packaged in a scientific and hygienic manner, providing you with the very best.

Cold foods

Giving the child cold foods takes the heat out of burning, inflamed gums. Cold yoghurt, cold fruit juice and cold cucumber and carrot sticks are simply perfect! These help ease the pain tremendously!

Hard foods

Some babies prefer hard foods! They feel immense relief when they bite down on something hard, given that, the firmness of the food provides a counter-pressure to the erupting tooth and allays the discomfort to some extent. Test out – apple pieces, carrot sticks and breadsticks for kids over 6 months. Always keep an eye on your baby when he is swallowing solid foods to prevent choking.

Along with incorporating these foods in to his diet, you could also, rub the baby’s gums with your clean finger to help assuage some of the pain. Another recommendation is freezing a clean wash cloth, and letting your baby gnaw on it. If your baby dribbles a lot, use a clean, soft cloth to clean up so that his skin doesn’t become sore.

Your baby is bound to have a smaller appetite when he is teething; try not to agonize too much since he or she will still get a majority of his nutrients from milk and within a couple of days of the tooth erupting, the baby’s eating pattern will be back to normal. Slot in these pediatrician-approved guidelines in to your child’s menu and try not to be too anxious. That said, if the feeding strike goes on for too long a period and you’re vexed, please consult your pediatrician.

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