Tried-And-True Teething Remedies
The arrival of a new tooth comes along with a series of aches and pains - for babies and parents alike. Our moms at Pure Living and friends at the Baby Center want to share a few easy ways to soothe your baby's teething pain.
A full set of 20 baby teeth can take up to three years to develop. That’s potentially three long years of symptoms like irritability, trouble sleeping, sore gums, loss of appetite, drooling, and of course, the urge to chew on everything! Oftentimes, these symptoms show up three to five days before the arrival of each tooth. That’s a lot of cranky days and sleepless nights. But our moms at Pure Living have found some tried-and-true remedies to soothe the aches and pains of teething for your little one. Try these remedies with each tooth.
Like an ice pack to a knee scrape, cold compresses and food can numb the pain and reduce swelling in the sore gums.
Place a wet washcloth in a plastic bag and set it in the refrigerator to chill for about ten minutes. For an extra soothing touch, research has shown that soaking the washcloth in chamomile tea helps to calm cranky babies and help them sleep. Remove the chilled washcloth from the bag. Your little one will love how the fabric of the cloth helps to massage their gums while the cold helps to numb the pain. You can even refrigerate (not freeze) a pacifier, and firm rubber teething toys are also a great alternative.
Next, if your baby has started on solid food, you can give them refrigerated (not frozen) fruit. Again, the coldness helps to soothe the pain, and fruit also allows your baby to get important vitamins and minerals.
Placing pressure on a baby’s gums aids in distracting them and their minds from the aches and pains of teething.
If your little one doesn’t like the cold items, chewing on a teether at room temperature should do the trick. Some teethers even vibrate for better soothing, so definitely try different things until something works for both of you. You can also try massaging their gums with a clean pinky finger.
You can choose to go with a topical anesthetic; this could be a gel or cream that numbs your baby’s gums. These topical medications are over-the-counter and can be found at your local drugstore. But keep in mind that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that topical meds that contain benzocaine should not be used on children under the age of two. Make sure you talk with a doctor before using these gels or creams.
Little chompers come at their own pace and are likely to be accompanied with many cranky days and sleepless nights. Hopefully with these easy teething remedies, you and your little one can enjoy a little bit more sleep and a little less pain.
Got a remedy we missed? Tell us how you soothe your baby when teeth arrive.