Teething is a big milestone and while you are happy to know your baby is growing up, the painful process is anything but smile-inducing. As the baby’s gums swell and the new tooth tries to push its way through, your baby may be miserable.
In fact it can be downright heartbreaking to see your baby in pain. And just as important, constant crying can leave you with frazzled nerves, just what you need to top off your sleep-deprived state!
The following tried and true remedies can help ease the pain for both your baby, and your family!
Massage the gums: There are many ways to go about this; you can simply use your finger or massage a soft, wet baby toothbrush on the gums. My son had a hard time with teething, but grew very fond of his toothbrush. I would keep a few clean extra toothbrushes in the freezer as back up.
Chill their food: Frozen food is a nice treat for a teething toddler. Cucumber cut into long sticks was a favorite around my house, but you can use carrots, a frozen bagel, or frozen yogurt to soothe sore gums and provide nutrition.
Freeze a bottle: The trick to using a frozen bottle is to fill it partially full with water and then let it freeze upside down so that the nipple fills with water. When you give your baby the bottle, the ice-filled nipple will offer much needed relief. When the water starts to melt, the chilled fluid will help keep your drooling baby hydrated.
Cuddle up: Simply holding your baby and offering soothing support does wonders. While hugs may not stop the pain, the feeling of security is important. Engage your child with silly games, interesting toys, music, and picture books to help keep their mind off the pain.
Medicate: You can also go the pharmaceutical route and give your child acetaminophen drops or ibuprofen infant drops after clearing it with your physician. Aside from those pain-killers, teething gel can be a handy thing to have around, especially at night. Store the gel in the refrigerator to keep it cool.
Whatever method you choose, know that “this too shall pass.” Teething will be behind you before you know it. Of course in its place will be another challenge, but you can cross that bridge when you get there!
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