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5 Tips for Soothing a Teething Baby


5 tips for soothing a teething baby

By Andrea Ramalheira, My Daydreaming World. Andrea Ramalheira is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

Parenting has its unlikable parts, and teething is probably one of the top five. Many parents fear teething, myself included. Teething can change the happiest baby into a bad-tempered, irritable and crabby little thing. It can be a nightmare no matter how many times you’ve been through it before.

Teething typically starts between 4 and 7 months, but can start earlier or later. Most kids have all their teeth by the age of 3. The discomfort is because of baby teeth cutting the gums as they are growing. Now, how do you know when it’s starting? The child may refuse to feed, cries often and stays cranky. Some other kids may ask for more feeds in an effort to find some comfort. Other symptoms can include drooling, wanting to chew on absolutely anything, puffy red gums, or even a slight fever. If you notice some of these in your baby, chances are the teething stage has started.

Is there a way to make this better? Of course there is! Below are my top five tips for helping my baby boy soothe his teething.

Be sure to talk to your healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns.

Teething necklace
  1. Rubbing Gums: It may be simple, but it works! Just gently rub your baby’s gums with the pad of your finger (clean, of course) for a few minutes at a time.
  2. Teething Toys: Solid rubber teething rings and teething toys come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. Some are meant to be chilled in the refrigerator for a cooler comforting feel! For an easy homemade teething toy, squeeze water into your baby’s pacifier and chill it. Teething necklaces can be a great help, too.
  3. Chilled Foods: Believe it or not, chilled foods can also help soothe sore gums. You can put pureed foods in the refrigerator before serving them so they are cool when your baby eats them. Your baby might also find relief in chewing on the rubber spoon you use to serve the foods. From bananas, grapes and cheese sticks to cold apple sauce or yogurt, these chilled foods can do the trick. Mesh feeders are a great tool, too, that way your baby can chew on the food without swallowing a large piece.
  4. Teething Biscuits: Some kids don’t like cold items. Solid foods can also provide teething relief and they do not need to be chilled to do so. Hard teething biscuits are great for teething babies who are old enough to chew and eat them and other solid foods.
  5. Infants’ Pain Relievers: The right dose of children's pain reliever can soothe the pain of teething. My go-to is and has always been Infants’ TYLENOL® Oral Suspension. TYLENOL® is the brand recommended most by pediatricians for pain due to teething, and I love it even more because it’s gentle and doesn’t upset his tiny stomach.

Infants' TYLENOL® Oral Suspension

Note that if your child is under 2 years of age, be sure to ask your doctor for dosing instructions and use only as directed.

And in case you’re wondering, here some things I like to avoid:

  • Don’t rub on teething gels or liquids for that contain benzocaine, an ingredient that can cause dangerous side effects in young babies.
  • Also, never leave a teething necklace around your baby’s neck without full supervision.
  • And frozen teething toys should be avoided because your baby’s mouth could be injured by the extreme cold.

Be sure to use any teething toy only as directed.

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Note that if your child is under 2 years of age, you should ask your doctor about dosing instructions and use only as directed.

By Andrea Ramalheira, My Daydreaming World. Andrea Ramalheira is a paid spokesperson for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS®

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