The teething stage — a dreaded time for both child and parent.
The drooling, crankiness, tears, and constant chewing can start to become overwhelming. Not to mention the fact that your child is in pain; they are dealing with sore, incredibly tender gums while you are struggling to do what you can to help them feel better. According to Mayo Clinic, teething normally begins around a child’s 6-month point. The teething process usually starts with the two bottom front teeth and then is followed by the two top front teeth. There are ways to help relieve the pain, though, many of which are easily accessible options.
- With either a clean finger or a moistened gauze pad, rub your baby’s gums gently in order to help ease their discomfort. Applying light pressure for a few minutes will help far more than you might think.
- Use either a washcloth, spoon, or teething ring that has been refrigerated to the point of chilled in order to help soothe your baby’s pain.
- For a sweet and soothing treat, freeze a banana and give it to your baby to help cool down their gums (and make them happy with a tasty treat).
- Try switching to a hard, chilled food for a snack instead of what you might normally give your baby. Something like a cold, peeled cucumber would be great for your teething child to gnaw on and help numb the pain.
- Use a plain, chilled bagel for a homemade teething ring. A bagel provides the perfect textures for babies to gnaw on and apply pressure to their sorest gum areas.
- If you don’t have a teething ring available, try filling your baby’s pacifier with water and chilling it. This is a wonderful substitute for the teething ring.
- For preventing skin irritation from the excessive drooling, be sure to dry the drool as often as necessary. Keep a cloth handy for quick access drying right at your fingertips.
- Use a clean, wet washcloth as a handy gum massager for your baby by placing it in a plastic bag and chilling it in the refrigerator. Once it is chilled, give your baby the cloth for them to chew on in order to help ease and numb the pain away.
- Over-the-counter medication is also an option available for sore mouths, something like Ibuprofen or Tylenol will help the pain go away quickly and efficiently.
- Lots of love, cuddling, and play time are always great distractions for babies and their painful teething stage. Babies in pain need some extra love, just like everyone else! Distraction truly does prove incredibly effective in lessening pain.
Obviously, every child will transition into the teething stage and react to a variety of teething tricks differently. Finding any and all solutions that work for you and your darling child might take some time and effort, but once you find the right one it will all be worth it. Babies going through teething sadly feel a lot of pain, and now it’s up to us to do whatever we can to help them.