Teething is a painful process for babies, and it’s tough on parents as well. Your baby may have trouble sleeping and could experience fever and irritation as his or her new teeth sprout through the gums. In today’s blog post, we’ve put together a few tips to help ease your baby’s teething pains.
All babies experience varying degrees of pain during teething, so you may need to try a few different solutions to find the one that is really effective for your child. Fortunately, each of these methods is a natural and medication-free way to soothe pain.
1. Choose the Best Teething Rings
Though you might be tempted to reuse your older child’s teething rings, it’s important to invest in the newest models. Many older teething rings become too hard when they are frozen and they provide less relief than some of the newer and softer models available today. Older teething rings may also contain Bisphenol A (or BPA), a potentially dangerous chemical that can harm your baby. Look for new teething rings that don’t become fully solid when frozen.
2. Cool the Gums
Cool materials and different textures can be soothing to your baby’s irritated gums. Get a clean wet washcloth and wring it out until it is damp. Freeze it until the cloth is very chilled or slightly frozen and let your baby chew on it. The cool temperature will ease pain and inflammation while the soft texture provides a contrast to plastic teething rings. Be sure to watch your baby carefully in order to prevent choking hazards. The ADA (American Dental Association) also recommends that parents give their babies chilled spoons to ease the pain of teething, as the spoon is larger and prevents less of a choking risk than some other objects.
3. Use Healthy Teething Biscuits
Teething biscuits are another popular way to soothe the pain of developing teeth. However, many teething biscuits are full of sugar and preservatives that parents would rather not give their children. Look for organic teething biscuits or low-sugar options that provide relief and healthy nutrients.
4. Rub Baby’s Gums
If you don’t have any other pain relieving aids available, you can always use a finger to massage your baby’s gums. Of course, you definitely need to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before putting them in your baby’s mouth in order to avoid spreading germs and bacteria to his or her already-sensitive gums. Be sure to avoid gel hand sanitizers, as they contain chemicals and fragrances that are dangerous when ingested.
5. Comfort and Soothe Your Baby
As your baby’s teeth come in, be sure to offer extra comfort. Babies are typically very uncomfortable during teething and they may become extra cranky or irritable. Sometimes your child just needs to be held a little longer or soothed to sleep so that he or she can get some rest. When all else fails, rock your baby gently or find a fun game to distract him or her from the pain.
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