Teething is a process that can cause swollen gums, discomfort, and pain in infants, making them fussy and often leading to loss of appetite and disrupted sleep. Massaging can help reduce gum swelling and alleviate pain. Therefore, please follow this article as Shopdepre shares with you how to massage when your baby is teething.
Signs of Teething in Babies
Babies often put their fingers in their mouths and suck.
Redness in the chin area.
Mild fever may occur.
Gums appear swollen and red on the inside.
The skin around the diaper area may turn slightly red.
Biting, chewing, and mouthing objects.
Refusal to eat.
Massage Technique for Teething Babies
Upper Gum Massage for Babies: Place your two thumbs close together just above your baby’s upper lip, press gently, and make small circular motions. Then, move your thumbs slightly outward and repeat this massaging motion. Continue massaging along your baby’s upper gum until your fingers are close to the baby’s ears.
Lower Gum Massage for Babies: Place your two thumbs next to each other on your baby’s lower lip and gently press in small circular motions. Then, move your thumbs outward while gently pressing and repeat the massaging motion. Continue massaging along your baby’s lower gum until your fingers are close to the baby’s ears.
In addition to the gum massages, you can also incorporate full-body massages to make your baby more comfortable and stimulate the production of endorphins (mood-improving hormones).
When massaging your baby, make sure to trim your nails short and remove any rings to avoid scratching the baby’s skin. Before starting the massage, rub your two hands together to warm them up.
If you have already tried massage and your baby is still in pain, it may be due to incorrect technique or other issues aside from teething discomfort. In such cases, consult a doctor for a thorough examination and specific guidance.