How to Soothe Your Teething Baby
If you've got a little one popping their first teeth, you're probably both in need of some comfort. For baby, the pain of teething can keep them from getting much-needed rest, which can further their crankiness, tears and overall discomfort. That's not good for baby, and it's not great for parents either. Try these six tips for calming parents and babies alike, relieving the pain and helping everyone get a better night’s sleep. And if you have any questions of concerns, be sure to talk to your pediatrician.
Massage baby's gums: With clean hands, gently massage your baby’s gums, applying very light pressure. Even a small amount of counter-pressure can help alleviate sore gums. They may not like the intrusiveness but they may also appreciate the relief a massage can provide.
Utilize teething toys: There are a wide variety of teething toys are on the market, some are plush and others are made of rubber or silicone. All are intended to provide a teething baby maximum relief. Look for kid-friendly patterns, shapes and colors to help your little teether take to his/her new toy immediately. Be sure to read and follow the product directions. Be aware that, while some toys are meant to be cold, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you not keep these toys in the freezer, because extreme cold can hurt your baby’s mouth.
Nursing, if applicable: If you breastfeed, consider upping your schedule at least for a few days during peak teething periods. For some babies, the sucking action associated with breastfeeding can help reduce some of the pain. That paired with the natural comfort that comes with breastfeeding makes for a simple go-to when teething discomfort increases.
Consider OTC Remedies: There are various over-the-counter options available for teething and pain relief. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions and always read and follow the product label.
Look, over there!: When all else fails, consider the oldest teething trick in the book: a distraction. Sometimes a car ride, bath, walk around the block or some other activity that takes you out can be enough to calm baby and distract him/her from the discomfort.
Looking for more teething information? Hear from Myriah Rosengarten of MommyShorts.com about “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me About Teething.”
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