Teething is one of the most frustrating times for babies and parents alike. To spot whether your baby is definitely teething look for some of the following symptoms: –
- Loss of appetite
- Nappy Rash
- Pulling ears or rubbing chin or cheeks
We have checked out the latest recommendations for relief of teething pain and we suggest you try some of these options to give your baby some comfort.
Give them something cool to suck or chew on
One of the best and probably oldest solutions is to give your baby something cool to put into their mouth. Try a cold clean facecloth, a cool spoon or a cooled teething toy. Cool the objects down in the fridge not the freezer to ensure they will not cause discomfort. The cooling effect will numb the gums, relieve some of the pain and reduces the swelling. Before giving it to your baby you could try rubbing the object on their gums for a more immediate effect. Another idea is to put the baby’s dummy in the fridge before use, which will give them relief as they suck on it.
Try hard foods or cool drinks
If your baby is eating solid foods, you could try giving them a piece of hard food to chew on such as a peeled carrot or cucumber. Be careful to watch your baby while they are doing this to ensure they don’t choke on any larger bits. A stick of celery or cheese also works well, and all these foods give an additional relief if cooled down in the fridge first. Cool drinks work well; milk, water or baby- friendly juice in a bottle or ‘sippy’ cup will help to soothe the gums. Cold soft foods could be tried, yoghurt or apple puree, are a couple of chilled treats to try.
Over the counter treatments
There are many treatments available from your local pharmacist that can help babies while teething. If the pain seems really bad try some painkillers designed for children, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are the best. Check with the pharmacist to get the correct product and dose for the child’s age. Teething gels can also give quick relief. They are good to apply after a bedtime drink just as they go off to sleep.
If you would rather try a more natural approach there are plenty of herbal remedies that have been used on children for generations. The best ones we have found are:
- Chamomile – This herb relaxes your baby and will hopefully soothe them.
- Cloves – Cloves are known to be a natural anaesthetic and will help to numb the pain of the swollen gums
- Rosehip – This herb has anti-inflammatory properties and is loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants
To give these remedies to a baby you can make a herbal tea and then soak a cool cloth in the tea for the baby to suck on, make it into a drink for them or rub it straight onto their gums. To make the herbal tea put 1 teaspoon of herbs in 10 ounces of boiling water and allow to infuse for 6-7 minutes before straining. Allow to cool before giving it to the baby
Cause a distraction
Our last tip, if all others have failed, is to cause a distraction to take the baby’s mind off the teething pain. This could either be a nice warm soothing bath, a fun game to get them giggling again or a nice cuddle and a drink.