Teething Tips: Help Relieve Your Baby’s Discomfort
Nothing is worse than watching your little baby suffer through pain and misery. Â Unfortunately, every baby has to go through the absolutely miserable process of teething. Â This is a time when your baby is undoubtedly going to be incredibly cranky and fussy – let’s face it, you probably would too if you had brand new teeth forcing their way through your gums! Â Here’s the good news: Â there are many ways you can help reduce some of your baby’s discomfort as they go through this important yet painful transition. Â Here are tips to help make your baby more comfortable during teething.
- Give your baby a gum massage – Gently use your clean finger or a damp washcloth to rub and massage the swollen portions of your child’s gums. Â By creating pressure on their gums, you can help to relieve some of their pain. Â Just remember to always be very calm and gentle.
- Keep their mouth chilled – Place a cool wash cloth against the cheeks of a cranky teether can definitaly help make their mouths hurt less. Â Avoid giving your baby anything that is completely frozen – if something is too cold, it may actual cause damage instead of relief.
- Try a teething ring – Opt for a teething ring that is made from solid rubber instead of the liquid filled variety. Â This is because liquid teething rings have been known to break under the stress of prolonged chewing.
- If all else fails… – Try using some type of over the counter pain medicine. Â Never give a small child anything close to an adult dosage of any type of medicine. Â Ask your pharmacist for advice on what OTC medicine is right for your child.
Remember, teething is only a small phase of your child’s life. Â Even though it may be (at times) pretty brutal, these tips will help make it go a lot more smoothly.