How to Soothe Your Teething Baby

Is there anything more uncomfortable than mouth pain? Each tooth contains lots of nerve endings that are highly sensitive to pain. On top of that, it seems to trigger other unbearable pains like headaches. Knowing this, it can be very difficult to watch your baby go through the discomforts of teething. 

Teeth begin developing in the womb, and then around 3 months to 1 year of age, the teeth begin to emerge through the gums. This causes pain and discomfort as each tooth pops through the surface. You may start to notice your little one having tender gums, heavy dribbling, gum-rubbing, biting, or sucking, and irritability.

If you think your baby may be cutting their first tooth, try out some of these tips to help soothe the symptoms!

Massage – Massage is useful in all types of discomforts on the body, including the gums. Try taking a clean finger and gently rubbing along their gums to relieve pressure. You can also do this with a damp, frozen washcloth to let them bite down a little while massaging. The washcloth is softer than a frozen teething ring, making it safer for a children’s mouth.

Frozen Fruit – Cold things are a popular and simple remedy for teething babies. Ice and chilled spoons are common choices but one you might not have thought about is using frozen fruit! Using mesh food feeders, you can fill them with fruit to let the baby safely gnaw on the fruit and soothe their pain. Plus, it doubles as a nutritious snack! 

Comfort – Sometimes the best way to help your baby feel better is to comfort them and give them lots of cuddles. If you are breastfeeding, this may be a great way to soothe them and help them sleep, but remember that a common symptom is lack of appetite so your baby may prefer a different method for soothing the aches and pains.

Wipe Drool Away – Wiping the drool away is an important step in helping your baby through the teething process. The excess drool can lead to irritation and rashes on the face. To help your baby avoid additional discomforts, gently wipe away the drool to keep the area clean and dry.

 

We hope these tips will help you and your baby have an easier time teething. If you have questions or concerns about your teething baby your pediatrician will be able to check your baby’s teeth and gums to ensure they are healthy and that your baby is as comfortable as possible!