How to Help a Teething Baby: Everything You Need to Know

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Nothing feels more helpless than watching one of your children in pain or uncomfortable and not being able to fix it.

From the age, four months to twenty-four months can be a particularly difficult time for a little one who is teething. It's not a walk in the park for parents either. The feeling of helplessness increases with their tender age and inability to communicate as fully as older children.

You can make life a little easier if you know how to help a teething baby.

Keep reading for some helpful tips and tricks on how to help a teething baby and give you all some relief from the pains of teething.

Symptoms and Signs of Teething

A teething baby is often not a happy baby. Who can blame them?

They are experiencing a lot of discomfort and pain along with symptoms such as:

  • excessive drooling and decreased appetite
  • biting and chewing on anything they can get into their mouth
  • fever, rash, stomach and intestinal issues
  • fussiness and irritability
  • diarrhea and vomiting
  • sleeplessness with cold symptoms
  • rubbing or pulling at the cheeks, ears, and mouth

Your once smiling, happy baby has turned into a bundle of moody, crying irritability and you want to be able to ease their suffering.

These tips will give you some great ideas on how to help a teething baby. Every child is different and some things may work for one and not another or you may find something works for a while but as they get further into the teething process you may need to try new methods to successfully relieve their pain.

Numb the Gums

Numbing their gums is one of the easiest and probably most effective ways of how to help a teething baby.

Clean Fingers or cloth

Sometimes, especially at the beginning of teething, rubbing their gums with a clean finger can help give some momentary relief to the discomfort. Dipping your finger in cold water first or holding a facecloth that's been in the freezer can ease some of their pain.

Frozen Waffles

A frozen waffle is a perfect consistency for your little one to chomp on to numb their gums. It's important when using this option that you keep a close eye on them to ensure they don't bite off a piece they could choke on.

Usually, by the time a piece is thawed enough to break off, it's soft enough to be swallowed or easily taken from them without issue but safety is always a priority.

Teethers

There are several products marketed as the best way how to help a teething baby. When choosing a teether you have many options available to try.

Some allow you to put frozen fruit such as a strawberry inside the cloth or silicone teether that has also been frozen. This cools and numbs the gums as the child chews on it and helps control pain while giving them a pleasant flavor to suck on.

Older babies who are teething may prefer to just have the frozen fruit but for younger ones with more chance of choking, a silicon or mesh teether designed for this purpose is safer.

Other teethers contain water or liquid in a ring or soft casing that freezes and numbs the gums while your little one chews on it. They're easy to carry and don't have any mess associated beyond the excessive drool that comes with teething.

There are teething toys, chew bead necklaces and soothers designed specifically for teething babies. These are all great options to help ease their discomfort.

Teething Biscuits

Teething biscuits are a popular choice for how to help a teething baby. There are several store-bought options or you can choose to make homemade teething biscuits.

These biscuits are hard enough to soothing aching gums yet dissolve quickly to avoid choking issues.

Proper tooth care is important when using a sugary option to avoid early tooth decay. Be sure to rise their mouth and brush their teeth or gums to avoid this from happening.

Herbal All Natural Ways How to Help a Teething Baby

Many people prefer to use all natural herbal methods of teething relief. There are several herbs that can reduce inflammation and ease teething pain.

Cloves

Cloves are a natural anesthetic and are comparable to benzocaine for reducing pain in teething.

Catnip or Chamomile

Catnip and chamomile have both been shown to ease teething pain and help relax and calm an irritable child allowing them (and their parents) to get some rest.

Rosehip

Rosehip tea is an excellent way to boost the immune system and promote anti-inflammatory healing. It is full of vitamin C and antioxidants making it an excellent choice to promote health and happiness in even the fussiest of children.

How to Prepare Herbs to Help a Teething Baby

Any of these herbs can be steeped for 5-8 minutes in boiling water with a ratio of 1tsp of the herb in approximately 10 oz. (just over a cup) of boiling water. It can then be cooled and either given as a beverage or placed on a frozen dampened cloth. It can also be rubbed directly on the gums for relief.

Many parents find an herbal infusion rubbed on the gums directly to be most effective. To make an herb-infused oil simply place the herbs in a saucepan covered in olive oil.

Simmer on low for several hours. Then strain the fluid and store in the refrigerator so it's ready to rub on your little one's gums the next time they're sore.

Medication

Giving medication to infants and toddlers can be scary. There are many options including topical creams and gels, pain relievers and numbing agents that can ease the pain but can also cause side effects for many.

It's important to consult a medical professional before giving any medication to an infant. Ibuprofen and infant acetaminophen are both marketed for teething pain but are not necessarily approved by the FDA for small infants.

Creams or gels such as Orajel are often used and usually safe though as with any item containing medication, there are some risks to some infants to have symptoms that can be as severe as rapid heart rates, lack of oxygen, seizures and even death.

Ensure you discuss any newly exhibited symptoms or reactions to treatments you use with a medical or pharmaceutical professional.

Grin and Bear It

Teething is a tough stage for everyone. While trying to find the most effective way to help a teething baby you may need to grin and bear it until you get through the worst of it and find what works for your baby. You'll have a much better idea on how to help a teething baby.

For other great tips on parenting and life, in general, make sure you check out the rest of our family&relationship blog.

 

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