How To Safely and Naturally Ease Your Baby’s Teething
Welcoming a new baby into the family is an amazing experience. With all of the joys and happiness that come with having a newborn and watching them grow up, there is unfortunately, sad and painful times as well. A big phase that my daughter is currently going through is.. teething. I HATE seeing my daughter in pain- especially when nothing I do seems to help.
From sleepless nights to endless crying, teething is a difficult time for parents AND babies. Teething can begin anywhere from 3 months to 12 months (on average) and it can continue until about age 2 or 3. It is a long process that requires lots of patience and love!
Is teething disrupting your baby’s sleep? Does your little one seem fussier than normal? Below I have listed the most common signs and symptoms of teething:
- Heavy drooling
- Red, flushed cheeks
- Ear rubbing (this is a sign of self-soothing and comfort for them)
- Excessive biting behavior
- Inconsolable crying
- Red, sensitive, and swollen gums
- Restlessness throughout the day and/or night while trying to sleep
- Gum biting or sucking
- Refusing to eat their food
- Excessive crankiness or fussiness
Since I can personally understand how hard this time can be, I also wanted to share some safe and/or natural teething remedies that have worked the best for us or that I am very interested in trying myself!
- Frozen fruits and veggies in a mesh feeder.
- Rubbing baby’s gums with a clean finger (they also have rubber gum massagers that you can wear).
- Give baby a cold teething toy or freeze a damp washcloth.
- Amber teething necklaces for babies (This is a popular one that I would like to try).
- Brush your baby’s gums with a soft toothbrush OR if they are a little older, you can also give them a soft toothbrush to chew on themselves.
- Wearable Teething Jewelry. I personally have a silicone teething necklace that I absolutely love. While snuggling at home or carrying my daughter while out, she is able to entertain herself and soothe her teething pain without mommy worrying about her breaking her necklaces!
- Bath Time (The warm water can be soothing and offers a distraction to their teething pain).
- Teething Toys and Rings (Organic or BPA free).
- Sometimes even the simplest solutions, like a pacifier, does the trick!
- As a last resort, I also use Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) which definitely seems to help ease her pain and prepare for nap time!
What have you tried to help soothe your baby’s teething pain? Have any of these worked for you?
**Note: Before using Infant Tylenol/acetaminophen or any other medications, please consult your pediatrician and use as recommended.