‘Tis the season to teeth!
Yes, parents, it’s that time of year…
The moment when those teeth start to erupt from your baby’s gums.
Causing a boo-boo and an ouchy.
As well as a change in appetite, behaviour, and sleep patterns.
You’ll also notice excessive drooling, bouts of tears, and a constant yearning to bite.
But that’s all a part and parcel of the developmental process.
And we’ve got a handful of tips to provide relief.
From cold, to pressure inducing, we’ve listed all kinds of teething remedies.
A teething ring is a circular toy that your baby can safely chew on. The idea is to provide them with an instrument that can ease their discomfort, as well as distract them from any soreness or pain. Opt for wooden baby teething rings that are safe and durable. Not only are they free of chemicals, but they also possess natural antimicrobial properties.
A teething gel provides instant relief and comfort to your little one’s swollen gums by numbing the nerve endings. It’s a quick and effective way of relieving swelling and reducing pain. That being said, not all commercially produced teething gels are safe. Ask your doctor to recommend an all-natural one that is free of harmful chemicals such as Benzocaine, Lidocaine and Belladonna.
A cold washcloth works wonders to alleviate pain and soreness by massaging your baby’s gums. But it’s only effective if you pick the right texture of cloth. You’ll also want to be careful about how cold the cloth is. While some say frozen is the way to go, we’d recommend playing it a little safer with chilled.
Yet another pain-relieving object for your mini-me to chew on. And it’s a great option, as babies tend to gravitate towards shiny cutlery. Place a spoon into the refrigerator to work up a nice chill for your infant’s achy gums. Make sure you don’t put it in the freezer, though, or it might develop a propensity to stick.
There’s nothing like soft, cool foods to ease the discomfort of the teething journey. Of course, this is once your baby is past the 6-month mark. Opt for a fruit like a melon; it’s delicious and alleviative. Avocados are also great. You can even get creative and make milksicles aka popsicles out of breastmilk.
Shower your baby with love, care and attention x 2. Get ready to fuss and dote upon them. This is a proven distraction technique. A way to compensate for any pain and discomfort in the mouth. You could also try gently massaging their gums with a clean finger. After all, a mother’s touch is magical.
In case your baby isn’t responding to any of the above remedies, it may be time to seek medical treatment.
Don’t be afraid to embrace a combination of natural therapies and modern medicine.