Have you ever noticed any of these teething symptoms in your child: Fussiness, drooling, fever, or chewing on fingers? These tips will help with teething!
Teething Symptoms and Effective Remedies for Teething Babies
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The joys of motherhood are unsurpassed. Similarly, the pains and frustrations of motherhood are also unsurpassed. When cute little babies seemingly turn into cute little monsters, teething symptoms are often the culprit. Fussiness, drooling, low-grade fevers, or chewing on fingers are all teething symptoms to be on the lookout for!
What can a stressed-out mom do to help her teething baby that will actually work and be cost-effective? Here are 5 tips to help you and your teething baby stay calm during those challenging weeks or months.
It is a well-known fact that frozen treats have a soothing effect. I remember getting a sore throat as a child and being handed a popsicle. I used to pray to get sick! Of course, giving your 5-month-old baby a popsicle jam-packed with sugar may not be the best choice. But, there are other frozen treats that will soothe your teething baby’s gums that are much healthier!
Make your own popsicles out of frozen breast milk. Breast milk can keep frozen for several months before needing to be tossed. If you aren’t a breastfeeding momma, don’t worry! Frozen yogurt will also do the trick (as long as baby is old enough for dairy products, usually around 6 months). The cold from these frozen treats will numb their gums almost instantly, providing much-needed relief.
Some moms recommend soaking a clean washcloth in water, freezing it, and giving it to a teething baby. If you don’t trust your washcloths (and I wouldn’t blame you!), these baby food feeders can be filled with fruits of all kinds and given to a teething baby with a similar soothing effect and alleviate a few of the teething symptoms.
Some first-time moms might not know when or if their babies are teething. One teething symptom to be aware of your baby gnawing on their hands or fists, grabbing for your fingers to chew on, and drooling a lot as well. Babies find a lot of comfort from chewing on soft materials while they are teething. If you notice your baby chewing on her fingers or toes, try a teething toy. This is a good choice, and this was a favorite as well. For added relief, toss the teething toy in the freezer for a few hours before giving it to your baby.
And being a mom of four babies, having to change clothes constantly because of baby drool so often adds to the already piled high laundry basket. So grab some cute little bibs to keep their neck dry and clean! Added bonus: it catches the spit-up as well! Win! These ones are my favorite because they have a little toy that hangs on the bottom of the bib that they can grab and chew on. And it doesn’t get lost because it’s attached!
Have you ever heard of an Amber necklace? Although these tend to be a bit pricey ($20 or so), Amber is known to be a calming stone and will help to calm your teething baby. Some mothers swear by these, saying they help their baby sleep through the night when showing teething symptoms.
Let’s be real, who doesn’t love bath time? I know I do! Bathing is a very soothing activity for a child (and an adult!). Bathing not only distracts teething babies from the pain of teething, but it helps them relax and calm down before going to bed.
Are you looking for a good baby bedtime routine? Look here!
Since teething affects a baby’s sleep, it is important to give your baby a bath just before bed.
If your baby is really struggling, it is perfectly safe to bathe them up to 3 times a day. The warm water will work wonders, and give momma’s arms a much-needed break!
Massage and Clean Their Gums
Just as freezing cold can numb a teething baby’s gums, a warm washcloth also has a soothing effect (Think of the hot n’ cold patches you love to put on your aching back). Give your baby a clean, warm washcloth to chew on. You can also use the warm, clean washcloth yourself to gently massage their gums. Massaging their gums will be very comforting.
Keeping a babies mouth clean is so important! They are constantly experimenting with each new item they discover and baby’s mouth is the first place any new item will go! Practice toothbrushes, or training toothbrushes, are a great way to keep tiny mouths clean. Simply use warm water on the bristles while babies are young, as toothpaste can be harmful to infants and toddlers.
As a mom, there are so many things to be aware of. It is important to educate yourself about teething symptoms and remedies so you can be prepared to help your child. Different teeth may come in at different times. Sometimes, a baby may appear to be unbothered by a new tooth, while other times the baby will become incredibly fussy. Some teeth hurt more than others, especially molars. If your baby seems to be inconsolable, it is safe to give certain types of pain medication. Make sure to read the labels carefully and discuss medications with your pediatrician.
Be aware of your baby and be sensitive to his or her needs. It can be easy to mistake hunger, exhaustion, or dirty diapers for teething. Being sensitive to the needs of your baby will allow you to know exactly what they need, right when they need it. But don’t worry, we all make mistakes and no one is perfect. Simply try your best and stay educated!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!