Babies usually start teething by the time they turn 6 months. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first ones to appear, followed by the two top front teeth. While this is a moment of excitement for parents, teething is a pretty stressful period for babies. Sharp teeth pushing through tender tissues sounds, well, pretty uncomfortable. But don’t panic – there are many options beyond the standard prescribed medications that are safe and effective in reducing pain and inflammation during those uncomfortable teething days.
Knowing whether your baby’s irritability is due to teething is essential to be able to help. Some of the teething signs to look for include excessive drool, biting, fussiness, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, pulling their ears or rubbing their chin or cheeks, fever, rash, cold symptoms, and diarrhea. If your baby is definitely teething, here are some tips to help alleviate his/her pain and discomfort.
Something to chew on is all a baby needs to get through teething in most of the cases. There are lots of options for teething toys that are safe and non-toxic – my favourite ones are the wooden baby teething rings. You might be thinking – isn’t wood too hard to chew? And yes, it is, but that’s exactly the reason why it is so good. When your baby’s teeth are erupting, the hardness of the wood helps take the pressure off their very aching gums. Plus, wooden baby teething rings are naturally antibacterial! Bacteria generally do not live long on wood, which makes wooden teething rings a better option than their plastic counterparts.
Cold and Pressure
Using cold and pressure is one of the oldest tricks in the book to help a baby’s aching gums – and it is an excellent remedy. The cold helps numb the area and the pressure is soothing for inflamed gums. You can use frozen washcloths, frozen fruits or veggies (put in a mesh for small babies), or a cold spoon. Take them out of the freezer and let your baby chew on them.
This option has been used by parents for hundreds of years to help ease their baby’s teething pain, so you should consider giving it a try too. Some herbal remedies to consider include Rosehip as it contains anti-inflammatory properties, Chamomile as it helps relax and soothe irritability, and Clove as it is really effective in pain relief.