Teething. A two to three year long nuisance that not only bothers Baby, but bothers you. While those little teefers are so, so cute, they can be a real pain for the little ones. They can also interrupt everyone’s sleep. So, what are some ways you can help? Here is my Survival 101 Guide: How to Survive Your Teething Baby.
First, how do you know if your baby is teething? Below is a general chart that shows when teeth normally erupt, however there are many babies that don’t follow this timeline. Actually, some babies are even born with teeth!
My kids were a little on the early side with all of their teeth. If your baby isn’t following this chart, like mine weren’t, then there are some tell-tale signs that can help figure out if your baby is teething.
Signs of Teething
- Swollen gums
- Trying to bite, chew or suck on anything
- Sleep regression
- Decreased appetite
- Pulling or rubbing ears, face/cheeks
- Loose stools
Ok, now how do we combat these pesky problems?
Ways to Relieve Teething Pains and Problems
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There are so many different types-ones you put in the freezer (highly suggested!), ones that are fun to touch, ones with beads, etc.
These are messy, but great. If your baby is on to solid foods or water, I recommend putting frozen fruits or ice in the feeder to soothe sore gums.
We used to have an elephant and monkey teething animal, but Sophie the Giraffe seems to be quite popular!
This is something super simple! All you do is wet a wash cloth with cold water, ring it out, and put it in the refrigerator or freezer. Once it’s really cold or frozen, give it to your baby to chew on.
The dosage for Tylenol goes by weight. It’s not recommended to give Tylenol to babies under 3 months old, and always consult with the pediatrician regarding dosage.
Massaging the gums
You can use any type of massaging toys, products or even your fingers to soothe the gums. I highly recommend a toy like above, that has handles so the baby can hold it themselves!
This one is controversial, but it is still on the market. I thought I would list it, in case someone wants to talk to the pediatrician about it! Teething tablets are a natural remedy for teeth pain. There are a few different brands, so if you do get teething tablets, make sure they are the tablets intended for a BABY.
This is the same concept as a wash cloth. Wet it, put it in the fridge or freezer, and once cold or frozen, give it to your baby. The metal tends to cool a lot more than a cloth. However, this may be a little more difficult for smaller babies, since it requires the skill of putting the round end in the mouth. If your baby is too young, hold the spoon on the babies gums for them.
I’ll be honest, I never tried an amber necklace for my kids. The thought of something being around their neck made my anxiety go through the roof. But, a lot of people swear by them. The beads on Amber necklaces are thought to be heated by child’s body heat, which then releases oils that get absorbed through the skin.
One of the uses for Gripe Water is for stomach discomfort. When a baby is teething, they tend to drool more. They may swallow more liquid (drool) than normal, which may lead to some stomach issues, and even diarrhea. Since there isn’t much you can give a young baby, Gripe Water is a natural jack-of-all trades.
A large carrot
My mother-in-law used a frozen bagel, but you can also use other food. Stick a carrot in the freezer, and let baby gnaw away at it. Be careful, though. This does pose a choking hazard if too big of pieces come off, so ensure you are watching them.
**Remember to always consult with your child’s pediatrician before giving any medications!
What is your go-to method to relieve teething pain? Are you an experienced parent? What would you recommend trying?