Teething toddlers can be a handful. Being overly fussy, excessive drooling, sore gums and poor appetites are more serious concerns like increase in temperatures—these are only some of the things that come with a teething toddler and this can be frustrating for new parents. Learn the basics on how to calm a teething toddler to make this experience less stressful for you and the little one with some help from these tips:
- Read up on the topic ahead of time if you can. Toddlers usually begin teething at six months so start reading up ahead of time.
- Learn how to figure out if your toddler is already teething. As already mentioned, teething usually happens around the sixth month but it differs from child to child because babies have different developmental paces. However, there are indicators. Does your toddler move his jaw around more often than usual or has he taken to sticking out his lower jaw out or chewing on his hands and toys? These are the usual tell-tale signs that he is teething, as it takes some time to actually see the tooth emerging.
- After determining whether your toddler is teething already of not, try giving him comfortable teething objects. Rubber teething rings for instance, are a popular choice among parents. The rubber material is elastic enough to withstand biting and provide comfort to your teething baby.
- Teething can cause pain and anxiety to your toddler. Making him drink cooled drinks or rubbing ice cubes on his gums can help soothe the soreness. Another neat trick: put his pacifier in the refrigerator or let it freeze a little and give it to him. Sucking on the cooled or semi-frozen pacifier can help ease up the pain. Giving him frozen treats throughout the day like frozen fruit popsicle sticks could also do the trick.
- Try giving your baby soft biscuits or crackers. There are teething crackers and biscuits available on the market. However, check the ingredients to see if they contain anything that your baby may be allergic to.
- Have your baby sleep in an inclined position if he can’t sleep due to teething pains. Having him sleep in this position helps reduce the pain and discomfort. Try putting a pillow under his baby mattress to create an incline.
- Doctor recommended numbing ointments for your baby’s gums are also a viable option, especially if you have exhausted the above tips. Never give numbing ointments without consulting your doctor and administer them after feeding the baby because one of its effects is to numb your toddler’s throat.
- Ask your doctor for pain medication, especially when he has trouble sleeping or develops a fever because of teething. Children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen are usually recommended by doctors, but check with the doctor first before giving it to your child. Natural or organic teething tablets for toddlers are also available at your local drugstores. These are also healthy alternatives to synthetic medicines; again, ask your doctor first before giving them to your toddler.
Learning how to calm a teething toddler at this stage in his life is important for his proper development and your well-being as a parent too. No decent parent will be able to stand seeing his child in pain. It just takes some practice and a little help from the tips you find here.