Dealing with Teething In Infants

Infants around the age of 6 months will begin teething, where the first set of teeth (primary teeth) start making their way through the gums. This can be a painful and irritating process and may result in your infant being more fussy than usual. The bottom teeth will usually come in before the top teeth and you may notice that your child starts reacting and showing symptoms a week or so before the tooth actually comes through the gum.

What To Watch For

There are a few things to watch for if your child is in the teething process. For starters, your infant will start chewing on fingers and even toys or furniture items to help push the tooth through. You may also notice that your child is resistant to chewing foods, as their mouths hurt. With this in mind, you will want to give your child soft and cool foods to help ease the discomfort.

Drooling is very common while your infant is teething, and you may notice that your child’s skin gets irritated or a rash may develop on their face or chin. This is completely normal. Yet, if you believe that your infant has severe symptoms or your baby does not get better, you will want to call your doctor immediately.

Dealing with Teething In Infants

What Can You Do To Help Your Baby During the Teething Process?

Get Suitable Chewing Toys

Having the right toys for your baby to chew on is essential. There are so many things on the market from teething rings to toys that you put in the freezer that they can chew on and more. The amount of toys on the market is endless and you want to make sure that they are FDA approved and your baby is not at risk for choking or at risk for any other injuries.

Medication

There are a few pain relievers that you can give to your baby if the symptoms are unbearable, yet you want to be sure that the medication you get is suitable for your child’s age. Make sure that you don’t give your baby aspirin!

Don’t use Oragel or any Numbing Gel

Some parents believe that numbing the gums is the best thing to do for their baby, as it will provide instant relief for your child and therefore will save you from a few hours of fuss. However, the FDA warns against using this trick as numbing can make it more difficult for your baby to swallow and therefore puts them at risk. While there are oragel and numbing gels on the market for infants, be very cautious using these sorts of medications to help your baby with the teething process.

Here are some tips and tricks to dealing with a teething infant. Having the teething toys truly is essential. And, while they may be expensive, it is totally worth the money when your baby is less fussy and happier. Be sure to look at the labels if you are going to give your child medication and be cautious of using any sort of gel.

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Dealing With Hematomas in Infants

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Hematomas are common on newborn infants as they happen during direct handling during the birth, to include forceps or a vacuum extraction. Cephalohematomas are the most common form of hematomas found on infants, yet these can be confused with subdural hematomas also. However, subdural hematomas are less common. The cephalohematomas can happen if the infant’s head bangs against the mother’s pelvic bone during labor.

What is a Hematoma?

A hematoma is mostly a collection of blood that is located outside of the blood vessels. In most cases, hematomas come after an injury to the wall of the blood vessel and then blood seeps out of the vessel and into the tissue around the vessels. Hematomas are very common occurrences for people in all stages of their lives and are mostly found under the skin or under the fingernails. Yet, hematomas can also occur internally where they cannot be seen by the visible eye. In these cases, the hematomas can be felt as they will feel like a mass or lump.

Have Your Child Seen By A Doctor

If your baby has a hematoma, the first thing you want to do is have your baby looked at by a doctor. The doctor will be able to tell how severe the hematoma is and if there is any other damage affiliated with the hematoma. Your doctor will take tests such as a CT scan. Your doctor may also recommend an MRI to clearly see how deep the hematoma is. From here, your doctor may prescribe other treatments. This could be anything from therapy to a surgery. In other cases, your doctor may prescribe you a medication that will help to treat the hematoma area.

The Hematoma May Go Away On Its Own

In many cases, the hematomas on infants will just heal on their own. It may take a few months for it to heal, so if your baby still has a hematoma at two weeks old, this is completely normal. However, you should still be checking in with your doctor regularly so that he can keep an eye on it to make sure that it doesn’t get any worse.

Your Doctor May Drain the Hematoma

If you infant has a large hematoma that is resulting in pressure being put on other areas, your doctor may try to drain the blood in the hematoma. However, this method is very rare because it will increase your infant’s risk of infection or abscesses.

Is Your Baby At Risk?

If your baby has a cephalohematoma, he or she may be at risk to develop jaundice. This is because your baby’s blood breaks down and the level of bilirubin increase. In these instances, your doctor may recommend that your baby gets phototherapy.

Overall, hematomas are common after child birth. If your baby’s head hits the pelvic bone, chances are high that your baby will have a hematoma. You should make sure to have your doctor inspect your child and make sure that you keep an eye on the hematoma. However, in most cases these hematomas will go away on their own within 3 months or so.

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