If your child is in the teething stage, there will certainly be a number of sleepless nights for you and plenty of discomfort for them. Whether you’re a first time parent or repeating this stage again, it’s important to know about some handy, effective baby teething remedies to soothe those sore gums.
Try Something Cold
This helpful guide will teach you about some of the best methods you can try to provide your child some relief while teething.
It is a good idea to apply something cold to baby’s gums to relieve the pain of teething. You can soothe sore gums using chilled fruit like mashed bananas or cooked apples and pears. Once the fruit is nice and cold, place it in a mesh feeder or pouch. You can give it to your infant to suck on and it should help offer temporary relief.
You can also take a clean washcloth and soak it in cold water. After you wring the washcloth out until it’s damp, then place it in the refrigerator until it gets cold. You should fold the washcloth to make it smaller and give it to your little one to chew on. If you use this method, it is important to make sure you monitor your baby since the cloth can become a choking hazard if you’re not careful.
Another way to use the cold sensation is to cool off a metal spoon. This timeless remedy is easy to use and all it requires is placing a spoon in the fridge until it’s cold. Then, it’s important to rub the smooth part of the spoon gently against the baby’s gums to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Gently Rub Sore Gums
When it comes to baby teething remedies, sometimes a gentle touch is all that’s needed. You can provide your child with a bit of relief by gently massaging their sore gums. You should make sure to wash your hands first and then use a circular motion to massage their sore gums. You can also try using a wet gauze pad over your finger to massage the gum line. This simple technique uses soft, even pressure to ease pain and discomfort. You should only massage or rub your baby’s gums for a few minutes at a time and try to gauge if you see any improvement before repeating the process.
Get Creative with Teething Toys
You can find teething toys made in all sorts of colors, designs, and materials. These teethers can often help your child feel better, but it’s not always a one-size-fits-all remedy. You may need to try a few different teething toys until you find one that works.
You can chill the teether to make it cold but avoid using toys that are completely frozen as they may cause further irritation. If you’re on the go, you may want to try a cute teething necklace. These unique accessories can be worn by Mom and used for your baby any time you need it.
Some teethers are made of soft plastic with a gel filling, while others may be made of rubber. It is a good idea to look at several options to find the right one for your baby, and always make sure they’re safe and non-toxic.
If you prefer to make your own teether, try a homemade milk popsicle. Using a popsicle form, you can fill them with breastmilk or formula and place them in the freezer. Once it’s frozen, you should allow your baby to suck on the popsicle so they can receive a combination of nutrition and teething relief all in one. The milk popsicle may be a little messy, so make sure your baby has a bib on when they use it. It is important to get creative with an assortment of different teething options until you find the right one for your baby.
Keep Your Baby Dry
When your child is teething, they tend to drool which can make things messy or sometimes uncomfortable. It is important to keep their face as dry as possible by wiping away any drool as it dribbles down their chin.
While a dry face won’t prevent the teething discomfort, it can help make the experience less stressful. This process of constantly wiping excess saliva away can also reduce and prevent skin irritation, which often further complicates the issue.
If your baby’s skin looks dry and irritated after you wipe it, it is a good idea to apply a thin layer of baby lotion to give them some extra relief. Although it may feel like an emergency, teething is a normal part of the growing process.
Use Entertainment and Distractions
In an effort to reduce the amount of irritation, you should try to keep your baby as entertained as possible. Small distractions can help the child focus on something other than the pain they’re experiencing.
It often helps to wear your baby using a carrier or hold them close to you so they feel safe and protected. You may also try a gentle foot massage, which will increase circulation and provide additional comfort to your baby. Toys and music can serve as a great distraction for your baby, keeping them engaged in something happy and cheerful. These little distractions will also make you feel better. The goal is to make sure that your baby feels loved, safe, and calm throughout their teething episodes.
Baby Teething Remedies for Pain Relief
As a parent, it’s important to remember that teething won’t last forever. With these simple baby teething remedies, you can provide your little one with the relief they need to get through this unpleasant phase in their life.
Whether you try using cold items like mashed fruit or a wet washcloth, get creative with your selection of teething toys, or provide comfort to your baby in the form of massages and cuddles, these techniques should allow you to smoothly sail through their teething process.
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