Teething is hard work and for several days and weeks, your baby is incredibly fussy and irritable. It is something that we must all go through and it is an important milestone in your baby’s development. Here are some remedies that provide much relief to the children
Cold compresses and other cold items are great for numbing pain and reducing swollen gums. Soak a clean wash cloth in chamomile tea for a few minutes then place in a plastic bag and refrigerate. Once cool, remove the washcloth from the plastic bag for your baby to munch on.
The soft fabric massages her gum ridges and the cold numb the pain. The effect of chamomile tea is soothing to the baby and helps them calm down and sleep better through the night.
Refrigerated teethers can also be another alternative to a wet washcloth. There are various types of teethers such as rubber teething rings, liquid-filled teethers and others with plastic handles so that the baby’s hands do not become cold.
Always watch your baby as she gnaws on teethers to make sure she doesn’t choke. Never put teethers in the freezer as it can become too hard and damage baby’s gums. As for the liquid teethers, keep a lookout for any leaks that may occur.Cold Spoon
A chilled spoon is a great relief to baby’s sensitive gums. Apply the rounded part of the chilled spoon to baby’s gums before any teeth have started to break through so as not to chip a tooth.Chilled Foods and Fruit
For babies who have been weaned and are eating some solids, cold food such as homemade yoghurt or applesauce can help soothe the gum while filling him up at the same time.
A chilled fruit such as a banana slice or apple slices placed in a mesh feeder is perfect for soothing relief to the baby and make a tasty snack at the same time.
You can also give a large carrot to your baby to munch on as you hold the other end. Avoid baby carrots as they are a choking hazard. Keep watch over your baby the whole time.
Applying pressure on you baby’s gums distracts the baby’s brain from the sensation of the teething pain. Some babies may not like the cold so a teether chewed at temperature also does the trick.
There are several types of teethers available for you to try out and find which one your baby likes best:
Babies have a knack for putting things in their mouth that doesn’t belong in there such as the remote control. A sweet wooden teether is a good option to babies who get much relief from the pressure of a teether. Wooden teethers are usually handmade and can either be finished or unfinished hardwood.
Rubber teethers made into animal shapes are a favorite among babies. The best rubber teethers are those made from 100% rubber and are free from any food paint. In addition, a squeaky rubber teether also acts as a toy while your baby happily munches on it.
There is teething jewellery specially designed for babies to chew on and provide gum relief. This teething jewellery is non-toxic and dishwasher safer and not only does it look pretty on your wrist or neck, it is also made from the same material as other teething toys.
A widely popular option for teething babies is the silicone teether which is latex and PVC-free and is dishwasher safer. The best silicone teethers are in addition also free from phthalate and BPA. They can be chilled in the refrigerator to also provide additional cold relief.
Plush Teething Toy
Plush teething toys are an attractive option for baby to chew on and distract them with their different colors and shapes. These toys are incredibly soft and machine washable which makes it easy to keep the clean and hygienic for your baby.
For babies who are 6 months and older, a sippy cup with cold water provides relief to your baby. The sippy cup should have a slow flow for your baby to suck on comfortably.
Sometimes all your baby needs is the old fashioned gentle pressure from your finger. Clean your hands and apply gentle pressure massaging softly your baby’s gums to ease teething pain.
A change of scenery or new activity provides a temporary distraction for baby away from teething pain. Going outside and spending some time outdoors, running a warm bath for baby to relax, playing and cuddling with him can help your baby forget about the teething pain.
For some babies, breastfeeding can help comfort them more while for others, sucking may hurt them more. Teething need not necessarily mean the end of breastfeeding for your baby. Rub a clean finger around your baby’s gums before starting breastfeeding and after the end of the session to stop your baby from biting your nipples. If your baby seems full but doesn’t want to stop the suckling motion, rubbing your finger gives him comfort and relief.
Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter painkiller for your baby if nothing seems to be work to help ease and cope with the teething pain that your baby is experiencing. Follow the proper dosage as prescribed by the doctor. Always read the product labeling carefully to familiarize yourself with all the important aspects of the prescription beforehand.
Babies who are 6 months and older can be given ibuprofen to help manage and reduce inflammation of your baby’s gums though it is important to note that the drug can irritate the stomach. If your baby is already refusing to eat because of the discomfort of teething, this drug can aggravate the problem.
Do not provide aspirin to anyone younger than 19 years old. Never rub it on your baby’s gums. If your baby is experiencing symptoms such as fever and diarrhea, see a doctor immediately because these are not normal symptoms of teething.