Teething is a tough phase for your little ones. It happens sometime in the first year when your child is around 6 months.
If you are not totally sure if baby’s discomfort stems from teething pain then here are some of the most common symptoms to look out for:
- Rubbing an ear or earlobe
- Reddened cheeks
- Excessive drooling
- Slight temperature
- Teething rash around mouth and chin
- Crying and irritability
- Waking during the night
- Refusing food and/or milk
Teething can be distressing for some babies but there are ways to make it easier for them. Here are tips on how to help soothe your child’s pain:
1. Cold food or drink and low inflammation diet
If baby is eating solids, white foods such as refined sugar and flour, potatoes, and even dairy can cause inflammation. Focus on paleo-type foods—a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, pastured meats, wild seafood, ample healthy fats (coconut, avocado, butter, and whole eggs.)
To help prevent choking, place the fruit in a mesh feeder, and give that to your baby to lick or suck on.
Below are some cold foods many of us have that could bring relief:
- Cold cut up cucumber slices. Cucumbers are also thought to have anti-swelling properties in them.
- A frozen cheese stick. You can also serve it unfrozen, but frozen may provide more relief.
- Cold celery. Not only is it cold but it is sturdy and the pressure from biting will also bring relief.
- Cold soft foods like applesauce and yogurt. It’s a yummy snack with cold relief.
- Cold water in a sippy cup with ice cubes. Your little one can chew on the cup and enjoy cool relief.
- Frozen fruit juice slushy. You can make your own combo of fruit and freeze your blend in a 4 oz. zip-lock storage container. Then slightly thaw and serve it when needed. Frozen slushy pears mixed with apples were one of my son’s favorites.
- Frozen breast milk. You can freeze this just the same as the fruit slushies and serve.
Always stay close when your baby is eating in case they choke.
2. Use a cold washcloth or spoon
Soak a small washcloth in water, squeeze out water, then freeze for at least an hour. Let baby chew on the washcloth after it comes out of the freezer. However, don’t leave your child unattended while she’s sucking or chewing on the washcloth, as this can be a choking hazard.
Put a metal spoon in the fridge for at least 15 minutes when the spoon is cool, gently rub the back of the spoon against your baby’s gums.
3. Teething toys
- Silicone teething rings: Made of safe silicone, rather than latex or plastic, this teether is a safe choice
- Wooden teethers: What works for one baby may not work for the next, so if silicone and rubber don’t do it, try a wooden teether. Just be sure to choose a brand that uses natural water-based sealants or food grade dyes. It should be unfinished or finished with organic flax seed oil.
- Teething necklaces for mom are made of silicone and are great for baby to use while sitting in mom’s lap or in a baby carrier.
Also, never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck, as it may be a choking hazard
4. Comforting distraction
A nice warm bath helps to distract a teething baby. This gives them the chance to take their mind off the pain by splashing around.
Breastfeeding: simply holding your little one close and breastfeeding them can help soothe your little one.
Dry the drool. Excessive drool is a large part of the teething process. Keeping it wiped up will prevent skin irritation, which will only make the process more of an ordeal for your baby.
5. Natural remedies
Parents have been using herbal remedies for hundreds of years to help ease their baby’s teething pain. Chamomile, Rosehip, Catnip or Clove tea, may be something to consider for teething relief. It helps to relax and soothe irritability.
6. Give your baby plenty of cuddles
Make sure your baby gets lots of hugs. Sometimes, the biggest comfort for a teething baby can be cuddle time with parent. Play and cuddle with your little one. Distract your child with a game like “peek-a-boo” to help take their mind off their discomfort
If your baby is in pain or has a mild raised temperature (less than 38C), you may want to give them a sugar-free painkilling medicine that’s specifically for babies and young children. These contain a small dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen.
However, never give aspirin to anyone under the age of 16 years, as this can cause Reye’s syndrome.
Always follow the instructions that come with the medicine. If you’re not sure, consult your doctor or pediatrician for advice on using medication to help with baby teething symptoms.
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