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Teething is misery for your baby and parents. It seems to be a continuous cycle throughout the first year of your baby’s life. A tooth appears, and you get a break for a few days or even a week. Then, the next tooth starts to erupt, over and over again. Teething leads to days without sleep and learning how to soothe a teething baby is essential.
Teething happens in the first year, around six months old. It can turn your relaxed, chill baby into a disaster zone. Of course, you have the standard options, such as infant ibuprofen, that are safe and reduce the pain and inflammation caused by teething. You can also use natural teething remedies to soothe your infant.
6 Ways to Soothe a Teething Baby
Using cold treatment is the most commonly recommended remedy to try because it works so well. Applying something cold to your baby’s gums help numb them, and it’s the most effective way to soothe teething pain.
I’ve found a few ways to use cold for teething babies effectively. Try these suggestions:
- Freeze a clean, wet washcloth. Your baby can chew on the cold washcloth to numb his swelling gums.
- Offer cold food, such as chilled pieces of fruit or applesauce.
- Put an ice cube into a small, muslin bag for your baby to chew and suck.
- Fill up a bottle with water and freeze it upside down which makes the water freeze in the nipple. Then, your baby can chew on the nipple.
- Chill a metal spoon in the refrigerator for a few hours and let your baby chew on it. The American Dental Association recommends this remedy, so you know that it works!
Have you ever noticed that your teething baby wants to chew on everything? Puppies are the same way when they start to teeth. Babies chew on everything because the counter pressure feels excellent and helps to soothe the pain.
A few ways you can use pressure to help soothe your baby include:
- Let your baby chew on your clean hand. Babies love to chew on a clean knuckle, and your hands are always available and free. They make an excellent teething tool.
- Make a teething ring out of a wooden maple ring and organic knit cotton fabric.
- Try a soft silicone teething toy that is easy for your baby to hold.
- Teething biscuits are great for babies who have finger foods and can safely eat them. You can either make your own or purchase them from the store. He can munch on them, giving the pressure needed to soothe his gums, while also getting a yummy snack.
- Wear a silicone teething necklace that your baby can play with if you’re babywearing or holding your baby.
- Any parent will tell you that Sophie the Giraffe Teether is a baby’s favorite toy. It’s comfortable to hold, soft, yet applies the right amount of pressure.
- Get a baby toothbrush! Chewing on a toothbrush encourages good dental health later, but it’s also pressure and texture to soothe their gums.
- My babies love the new teething mittens out on the market. It straps to their hand, so they can’t throw it off of them. The top has silicone with grips, perfect for chomping and chewing.
Chamomile is known for its calming abilities. It can soothe and relax nerves as well as reduce pain, so it’s the perfect herb to use for teething pain. Since your baby is little, you can only use chamomile in a few ways effectively.
My favorite way to use chamomile for teething is with chamomile tea. No, you don’t want your infant to drink it. Instead, make a weak tea and freeze it into ice cube trays. Put an ice cube in a mesh feeder or a muslin bag tied tightly. Let your baby chew on the bag to get all the benefits.
You can make a chamomile tincture at home and use that to soothe your baby’s gums. Just take a drop or two and finger it on your child’s gums to help ease the swelling and pain.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Be cautious if you decide to use essential oils on infants because many aren’t safe. You can use one drop of chamomile essential oil into one tablespoon of carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Then, rub that on your baby’s gums to relieve pain.
Topical Pain Relief
There are a few choices for topical pain relief for babies while teething. Orajel isn’t typically recommended anymore, but it’s an option. A few natural brands have developed safer alternatives.
For kids over the age of 2 years old, you can use diluted clove essential oil. Clove is a natural numbing agent that works similar to benzocaine. You will need to dilute the clove because it can burn your child painfully. It also works great for adults!
Vanilla is another soothing agent that also helps to reduce anxiety. Vanilla extract has trace amounts of alcohol – don’t worry; your baby won’t get drunk. The alcohol helps to create a warming sensation. All you have to do is use a cotton swab to apply to your baby’s gums.
Amber Teething Necklace
In the last few years, amber teething necklaces have gained in popularity. Parents believe that the amber releases succinic acid when in contact with your baby’s warm body. Succinic acid has analgesic properties have to help to relieve the pain your child feels during teething.
However, it’s impossible to prove whether or not this work. Most parents swear they’re useful, so it’s worth a shot. You can read thousands of testimonies about the effectiveness throughout the teething stage.
It goes without saying that parents do need to exercise caution when it comes to necklaces and infants. They could be a choking hazard. Necklaces should be removed for sleeping.
Using Pain Medicine
Yes, you can use pain medicine if your baby is truly miserable, and that can happen. While I always try home remedies first, there have been days when my babies were in so much pain that I opted for pain medicine.
Now, remember, the key here is to follow the directions on the packages and use in moderation. No, you shouldn’t give Tylenol or Advil every day or every night to help your baby sleep. An abundance of pain medicine can cause adverse reactions for your baby’s body, so use it sparingly.
Babies who are under six months old shouldn’t take Advil. Also, always talk to your pediatrician about dosages to make sure you’re giving the right amount.
Soothing Your Baby
Soothing a teething baby can be hard. Sometimes we need to distract our baby from discomfort using his favorite toys like dolls or non-toxic crayons. Each child has individual pain tolerances, so finding what works for your baby takes trial and error. Once you do see what works, stick with it!
Do you have a favorite teething remedy or trick? Make sure to share it!