The best way to soothe a teething baby, we've got you covered with 4 of our top ways .
Having a teething baby can be a complete nightmare for YOU...wait wait, we mean for your baby 😉. All jokes aside, it's no fun dealing with a teething baby. It usually means more pain for the baby and less sleep for you, which is a lose-lose situation. So we collected a list of the best ways to soothe a teething baby.
For this method, all you need is a clean finger. The light pressure you apply to the child’s aching gums can assist in easing the teething pain because the tooth may still be deep in the gum. Therefore, a bit of counterpressure or friction from the gentle rubbing of your finger can work wonders to a baby’s sore gums.
2. A wet, chilled washcloth
A cold wet washcloth that has been chilled can provide comfort for your child to nibble on, especially if the washcloth was dipped in water, breast milk, or some moms even like to use chamomile tea. Just be sure to leave one end dry so your baby can get a good grip. Another option is a teething toy that's been chilled in the refrigerator, but bear in mind that frozen toys might be a bit too harsh on a baby's sensitive gums.
One technique moms have found that worked well is to distract your baby with a toy, or by giving them more attention. Everyone loves a good cuddle, so some extra cuddle time can help to sidetrack your child from the discomfort of teething.
4. Pain Reliever
As always when it comes to using over the counter medicine, check with your doctor first. More importantly, if your baby is less than 3 months old, a pediatrician’s approval is recommended to be given for the use of pain relievers. Some moms like to use acetaminophen or ibuprofen during the night to help ease the pain and allow for the baby to get to sleep. Be sure to check the label for the appropriate dosage amount, as you don’t want to exceed the suggested dose.
Teething methods you shouldn't attempt
Though you may have heard of stories that recommend rubbing alcohol on the baby’s swollen gums, this technique is not recommended because well, it’s alcohol and it can be toxic to a baby. Also, hard foods like crackers, carrots, a frozen bagel, etc. should be avoided as they may come apart in chunks which could lead to choking. Instead try using frozen fruit placed in a mesh feeder bag, under your supervision of course. Check out our baby fruity food feeder here.
Figuring out what works for you and your baby is the tricking part, so try out the 4 different methods until you figure out which is the best option for your little one.
Help out! Drop a comment below👇👇 with some methods that you've tried and worked for your baby when he/she was teething.😀