When it comes to raising children, there are definitely parts that I enjoy more than others.
I’m sure that you’ll agree that dealing with a teething baby is an experience that you could definitely do without.
They’re cranking and miserable and, let’s face it, so are we. No one wants to see their children uncomfortable and in pain.
Hopefully, with a few of these teething tips and tricks, you’ll both be feeling better in no time!
Teething Tips and Tricks
Massage those gums!
Using either a clean finger or a damp washcloth, gently massage your baby’s gums. This gentle pressure can help to alleviate some of your baby’s discomfort as long as you don’t press too hard. Of course, this one works best before you baby actually starts cutting teeth as afterwards, when they start biting down, you won’t want your fingers in their mouths.
Give them toys!
Teething toys that is. Whether you go for simple teething rings or Sophie the giraffe, these soft toys are made for gumming and biting and they’ll keep your fingers out of the way
Cool them down!
Popping those teething toys and even that damp washcloth into the freezer for a little while can really make all the difference.
You don’t want them completely frozen as that often does more harm than good, but a nice cold teething ring can really help to numb your baby’s gums and give them a little bit of relief.
If they’re old enough for solid foods, give them a little bit of cold fruit in a mesh feeder and you’ll ease their teething pain while throwing in a nutritious snack at the same time!
Keep them clean!
Drooling is, unfortunately, a very common result of teething. If your baby is drooling quite a bit and the skin around their mouth and chin is staying wet, it is very easy for them to develop a rash. This is not only annoying, but it can be very uncomfortable for your baby as well.
To avoid this, simply make sure that you keep a soft, dry towel close by so that you can wipe your baby’s face throughout the day.
When all else fails!
When you’ve exhausted all other options and your baby still seems to be experiencing excessive teething pain, try an over the counter infant pain reliever like Tylenol.
These can help to reduce some of the swelling in your baby’s gums, making the other methods much more effective.
However, as always, consult your baby’s doctor before giving them any medications.
Give your baby lots of extra attention during this time. Remember that teething is not something they’ve ever done before so on top of being in pain, they’re also somewhat confused. Take the time to cuddle with them on the couch and read a few extra stories before bed. Make sure that you stay calm and relaxed and before you know it, you’ll both be through the teething phase and feeling better than ever!