As a mom that has gone through a teething baby and found solutions to help, I would like to share those tips.
Teething can be one of the most tiresome and stressful times that you go through with your child. There are helpful ideas that can ease the process. I understand that every baby is different and what works for one baby may not work for another. However, if you are struggling to find something that works for your baby, then hopefully these tips will be the solution you need.
- Patience: This is probably the most important and hardest tip to try to follow. Being patient is key to getting through teething. However, I understand that patience can be hard to have when you are experiencing a fussy baby that may not be sleeping well. When it is difficult, I suggest taking a deep breath or stepping away from the situation. While you have your space, try being empathetic and thinking about how painful a sharp object piercing through your gums would feel.
- Teethers: Frozen teethers became our daughter's best friend during this time. Our favorites were the Nuby Keys and Munchkin hand/foot frozen teethers. We really liked this one because you can place it in the freezer or refrigerator, depending on how cold your child likes it. The cooling effect felt good on our daughters' swollen gums. We could also attach the keys onto our stroller, and we would bring them along on hot days when we took walks. They helped keep her cool.
- Snacks: There are many teething snacks available at your local grocery stores. They have options for various ages, depending on what stage your baby is at. Our daughter started teething when she was almost 10 months old. Her favorite snack was the Teether Wheels, which are for stage crawlers or 8+ months. Our daughter's favorite flavor was Apple Harvest. They easily dissolved in her mouth since at that time she only had her bottom two front teeth. Plus, they were easy for her to grasp.
- Drooling: Excess drooling is a major sign that your baby is teething. It is normally not problematic, but it can come with some side effects. The excess drool on your baby's skin can cause a rash-like symptom, typically on the upper chest below their chin. It is not too serious, but something that we found to help remove it quickly was Aquaphor baby lotion. This ointment worked the best on our daughter and was easy to remove. Some other lotions we have found create a thick barrier but are really hard to remove and do not work as well. This lotion creates that barrier, and when she is teething we try to place it on her skin to prevent the rash. Bibs can be used as a preventative measure so you would not need the lotion; however, our daughter will not keep one on, so we use the lotion when we start to see her teething.
- Ice Water: Since our daughter prefers the cold to help ease the pain, we give her ice water in her sippy cup. She is at the age where she can have some water in her diet and does not end up drinking a lot of it.
- Tablets: As a last resort, if nothing else is providing relief, we will give our daughter natural relief dissolvable tablets. These seem to resolve the discomfort if the other methods do not. We are very careful with the medicine we give our child and try to do safe homeopathic steps first. However, we do not want our daughter feeling unnecessary pain and will provide her with medicine if need be.
- Relax: Lastly, try to relax. Your child can feel if you are stressed, so if you try to act relaxed, it can help them, too. I have noticed that cuddling can be part of this and has helped ease our child. Just knowing that they are not alone in this can help with the fussiness.
I remember how isolating and guilty you can feel if you cannot figure out how to help your baby in pain. I want you to know that you are not alone. It can be trial and error to find out what works for your child. Very few people are able to find something that works on the first try. You will figure it out, and if that takes some time, that is okay.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2019 Amber