How to soothe a teething baby?
Most babies begin to teeth when they are around six months up until the age of three years, when the full set of baby’s first teeth develops.
Teething is an important milestone for your baby’s development ... but it also comes with a fair share of discomfort. When the teeth are beginning to pop up the gums around the growing teeth often become tender and swollen.
During this time, you will notice that your baby’s urge to chew and bite onto hard things will increase. Other symptoms include irritability, excessive drooling, decreased appetite, and of course more cries. As a parent or guardian, it is normal to feel helpless when you watch your baby suffer these symptoms.
Below are some useful tips that can help you ease your baby’s teething discomfort.
Give your baby a teething toy to chew on
Teething toys, also known as teethers, can help relieve the pain in your baby’s gums because they provide a clean and safe surface to chew on. They come in different forms and they vary in terms of material and texture. When buying a teether for your baby, always check whether the teether is made from safe materials and is gentle enough so that it does not hurt your baby.
Teethers made from breakable materials, or those that may contain harmful ingredients such as BPA plastic, should be avoided. The gel-filled teethers may also pose a risk to your baby because they can tear and spill the liquid into the baby’s mouth. A good alternative to this would be teething jewelry such as teething necklaces and teething rings. Ensure you get the ones that are made from food-grade silicone and organic birchwood as it is safe and gentle to the baby’s gums. They also come in different designs and colours and they are easy to clean.
Massage your baby’s gums
Massaging your baby’s gums using your finger or knuckles can also relieve teething pain. Before you start, ensure your hands are clean so that you don’t pass infections to your baby. You can use your fingers to make circular movements on your baby’s gums or simply let them chew on them. When you massage the baby’s gum, the resultant pressure will soothe the sore gums and relieve the discomfort.
Give the baby something cool
Swollen and tender gums can get a lot of relief from a cooling effect. To achieve this, you don’t necessarily have to buy additional items because you can use what you have at home. You can refrigerate a pacifier, a damp washcloth, a teething necklace or toy, or even a small spoon and give it to your baby to chew on. As the baby gnaws on them, the cooling sensation soothes the gums and calms the baby. In addition, if you have already started to wean your baby, you can also give them a chilled snack such as a fruit, a cucumber, or a carrot.
Consult your doctor
If you have tried all the possible remedies and nothing seems to work, you can ask your doctor to prescribe a suitable pain reliever to help calm your baby. There are pain-relieving tablets that can be rubbed on a baby’s gums, but they don’t always work well because they are quickly washed away as the baby drools. If you choose to use them, be sure to also consult your doctor. Numbing gels and creams are often discouraged due to the likelihood of having adverse side effects on babies.
In conclusion, the teething stage can be a nightmare for both the baby and the parent. It is always advisable to try different remedies and see what works best for your baby. Whichever remedy you choose, always make sure you supervise your baby to avoid any accidents.