Newborns and young babies sure go through a lot, even before they can think properly, walk. or even speak. Yes, life can be difficult for youngsters, even more so when they can't tell you the problem or how to make them feel better. Thankfully, things have become a little easier over the years, especially when it comes to remedies and soothing the pain when those baby teeth make their way in. For instance, teething is one of the first painful things your little one will ever experience, therefore it is important to make sure you ease their pain and discomfort as much as possible. To help you, here are 10 tips to help teething pains.
10 Cold Spoon
One of the cheapest and easiest ways to help relieve your baby from teething pain is to use a cold spoon. Yes, chilled spoons are great for little ones who have just cut their first tooth and are struggling to deal with the pain.
Firstly, all you need is a regular spoon (baby spoon or regular spoon, it doesn't matter) and chill for around 20 minutes or longer in the refrigerator. Next, take the spoon and apply the rounded part on your baby's gums. Finally, it is important not to chill the spoon in the freezer as frozen things can actually damage the gums rather than make them feel better.
9 Teething Biscuits
Teething biscuits are a firm favorite among parents as not only do they make your children feel better but they also distract them for a few minutes. Furthermore, teething biscuits can help your little ones get used to solid foods and chewing. Most biscuits include healthy ingredients such as oats and sweet potato as well as containing natural pain killers such as chamomile. However, it is advised that you make sure that the biscuits are sugar-free, plus you should also wait until your baby is around 8 to 12 months old before giving them teething biscuits and always supervise them while chewing solid food.
8 Teething Gel
There has been a big debate with regards to teething gels as of late, with some medics claiming that they are safe and others strongly advising against it. However, although it is still possible to buy teething gels over the counter as well as through prescription, it is still highly frowned upon.
In fact, recent claims suggest that some teething gels can cause choking, lightheadedness, confusing and even an increase in heart rate. Whatever the case may be, it is important to always talk to your pediatrician first to find out if and when you can use such gels.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen are both safe and effective painkillers for babies (over two months) and young children. Nevertheless, you should always follow the manufacturer's instructions with regards to the amount of medicine that you should give your child and how often you should give it to them. For instance, you should never give more medicine than is recommended as this could lead to illness and in some cases serious circumstances. Thankfully, there are a number of alternative and satisfactory methods for teething, therefore painkillers shouldn't need to be an option unless it is absolutely necessary. The best thing to do when it comes to medicine and over the counter medications is to ask your pediatrician.
6 Amber Teething Necklace
Amber teeth necklaces are all the rage as of late, with mother's and father's across the globe swearing by them. The necklace is designed to be worn by babies while they are teething with the belief that the child's body heat will increase the temperature of the amber which in turn will release oils containing succinic acid.
This will then absorb into the bloodstream which then helps ease the baby's pain. However, there are many concerns with regards to the necklace such as choking, wearing the necklace while they sleep and numerous other issues. Whatever the case, the necklace still remains popular and is used all over the world.
5 Rub Their Gums
If you find yourself away from home with nothing but your fingers, then sometimes that will have to do. Yes, fingers are a good way to instantly relieve the pain from your teething child as they can immediately soothe the painful areas. All you need to do is lightly massage the inside of your little one's gums as well as letting them chew on your fingertip. That being said, it is important to remember to always clean your hands before inserting them into your baby's mouth. Plus, it is also vital that you use an alcohol-free hand sanitizer.
4 Wooden Teethers
When your baby begins to grow they often start putting everything and anything into their mouths. Therefore, teething rings and wooden teethers are probably the best things to give to your child as they also help with soothing the pain of teething.
So which one is the best? Most teething rings are made of silicone which makes them easier to wash and clean. However, although this might be useful, it is hardly environmentally friendly. Instead, why not try wooden teethers, which are usually handcrafted from birch and sculptured into cute and adorable designs. Yes, not only are they are eco-friendly but they are also easy to clean and store away.
Rosehip, also known as rose haw or rose hep, has been getting a lot of attention as of late, so what exactly is it? Rosehip is the round portion fruit of the rose flower which is located just below the petals. Typically, the fruit is a reddish-orange but it can also be purple and in some cases black. These days, it is mostly mixed with seeds to make medicine, which is used by a number of people who prefer to use natural medicine rather than prescribed or over the counter. Rosehip is also high in vitamin C which makes it a perfect for soothing freshly cut teeth and painful gums.
2 Teething Rings
Teething rings come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are great for soothing your little one's teeth as well as entertaining them. That's right, many teething rings come as cute characters that can be appealing to young babies who might need distracting from the pain. Furthermore, a large amount of teething rings feature subtle flavorings that are designed to stimulate the taste buds of your little ones and get them ready for brushing their teeth. And to make things even better, most teething rings are made from 100% silicone, making them easier to clean and disinfect.
1 Cold Washcloth
Freezing a washcloth is one of the cheaper options when dealing with teething pain, plus it is easy to manage. Firstly, soak around three-quarters of a clean washcloth with cold water, making sure to leave one-quarter dry. Then, squeeze out the water so it isn't dripping wet and put it into a zip lock bag and stick it in the freezer.
After around an hour or two, take out the washcloth and let your baby gnaw on the cold part of the cloth, holding on to the dry part. Due to the Ziploc bag, the washcloth won't be frozen solid and will be safe for the delicacy of your little one's gums.