The dreaded time of teething. You think it’s tough on you having to deal with an irritable baby? Imagine how your poor little baby feels as her teeth tear up through her delicate gums. Let’s talk about what you can do to help your teething baby.
Teething Baby: Tips to Help Soothe Your Baby while Teething
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Every baby is different and will behave differently while teething. My baby, for example is very sensitive and some days she damn well loses her mind because of the discomfort. And a kookoo baby = one exhausted mama.
What can you do to help your teething baby?
Sounds like a dog we are taking about here, I know, but your baby will find great comfort in putting gentle pressure on their gums by chewing on something.
That’s why you will see them start to chew on their hands (a first sign that teething is coming). My baby really loved this silicone elephant. It looks silly, and I’ll be honest I first bought it as a joke. But it turned out to be my girl’s favorite toy. We call her Ellie!
Damp, cold wash cloth
Babies will literally put anything in their mouth. I was giving my baby a bath one day and she immediately started chewing on the wash cloth. *light bulb moment* Just make sure you pay attention to any loose strings or frayed edges. You don’t want to create a choking hazard.
Put the pacifiers in the freezer
We have the Soothie silicone pacifiers and our baby stopped formally taking a pacifier around 4-5 months. But once she started teething really bad, my husband actually thought of this idea and gave her one that he put in the freezer.
She went wild over it! The good thing with these is the material doesn’t freeze, nor does it get uncomfortably cold on their gums because they don’t stay super cold too long.
This is one of my favorites (and my baby’s too). Read more about making teething popsicles here.
Over the counter analgesics such as Tylenol or Motrin
When all else fails, western medicine will be there to save the day.
Remember you can only use Motrin after 6 months of age. I usually only need to give her Tylenol at night time when her teeth seem to cause her the most discomfort, and this is okay to do! Refer to your pediatrician if you need help with correct dosages.
5 Tips to Help Soothe Your Teething Baby
- Chew Toys
- Cold, damp wash cloth
- Frozen Pacifier
- Teething Popsicles
- OTC Analgesics
I hope these tips helped you and your teething baby! Do you have more ways that you helped your baby get through the pain from teething? Let me know in the comments below!