12 Tips to Soothe Your Teething Baby
You have feed your baby and changed him. But he is still crying. You sing his favorite songs and play peek a boo with him, but he is not having it. He is drooling everywhere and hasn’t slept well the past few days. What is wrong with my baby” you ask your self.
You notice two little bumps on his gums and he is quiet when he is chewing on your shirt.
That’s it! He is teething!
Fussy, teething babies are no fun. Good news is I have several tips to help you soothe your baby and keep the tears away.
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1. Massage your baby’s gums.
Make sure that you wash your hand first. Initially, your baby may be resistant to you putting your finger in their mouth. Once you get in, use gentle pressure to rub your baby’s gums and the resistance will subside.
This was my husband’s go to method for my youngest son. I remember walking into the room with them both sitting on the couch watching tv and my husband massaging away.
I will be honest. At first, I thought it was a bit odd, but if it works … hey, I am not going to stop him.
Try this next time to see if your little gets some relief.
2. Give your baby something to chew on.
Babies will naturally start chewing on your shirt or anything he can pick up and put things in their mouth. Giving your baby a wash cloth or baby teether will help ensure your baby is chewing something safe and non-toxic.
You can find all types and varieties of baby teethers at your local grocery store or Amazon. The different textures act like a massage for your baby’s irritated gums. Honestly, this helped with my first son, but the youngest thought they were toys to throw. Don’t be discouraged if your little one doesn’t use a teether.
Other chewing options (under supervision) include:
4. A rubber utensil (like a measuring spoon)
5. A rubber toy (like a rubber duckie)
6. Wash cloth or pacifier
7. Soft toothbrush
Also, letting your baby chew something cold can give some relief.
8. Try putting cold water on the wash cloth.
9. Frozen fruit slices
10. Cold binky or pacifier
Remember, these suggestions are with adult supervision.
11. Teething jewelry
There are some fun necklaces that are specially designed for your baby to chew on. I thought this was pretty clever to have something stylish and functional.
I know there were many times that my necklace became something to chew on. With the teething jewelry you baby will have something safe to chew on and get relief
12. Try homeopathic products.
I will be honest. I used Hyland’s Teething Tablets with my oldest son and it helped tremendously. Now, I do not recommend this product as a professional anymore because of the product being linked to several deaths. Yes, hun. I was looking at the headlines like “what?!”
Apparently, the belladonna in the product is a plant that has been since the ancient years to dilate your eyes reduce muscle spasms and regulate heart rate among many other things. The problems are there were varying amounts of belladonna in the products and at times a toxic amount that leads to convulsions, seizures, and death.
Now moms of babies that were born before January of 2017 please do not go beating yourself up about giving this to your child like I did. You know better now and know that there are other safe alternatives.
Oral Assist is an FDA registered homeopathic medication that will give your baby’s gums some relief. I have not personally used this product, but I have received lots of positive feedback. The good news is you can use this if you develop a toothache.
Another product I have receive lots of positive feedback is Camilla. This product helps relieve teething discomfort so that your little one can be that happy baby you once knew.
My take on Baby Orajel
I do not recommend using the baby Orajel and other products with benzocaine because your baby is salivating so much, the product will be washed about with spit a few second after putting it on.
Mommy, remember that teething is a natural process. It may be an annoying natural process. 🙂 Know that this will not last long.
If got a simple check list for you to remind you when the fussiness causes a little amnesia.
This exciting. Your baby is getting new teeth. Soon you will be caring for these little teeth.
You’ve got this! Share with me your wins on calming your teething baby.
With lots of love,