When a baby is teeth, you can expect pain and tears of frustration from both baby and parent. While this is one of life's common growing pains, you can help ease your baby's discomfort with a few simple solutions:
- Teething Rings – Teething rings are often a first choice solution to easing discomfort. The counter pressure associated with a baby chewing on teeth rings helps alleviate some of the pain that comes with a tooth trying to break the gums' surface. While you can let your baby chew on regular teeth rings, you can also try other special alternative rings. You can now choose teeth rings that have been specially designed for the fridge or freezer to help numb and massage your baby's tender gums with its cool relief. You can also opt for vibrating rings, which are triggered by a baby's chewing, and offer counter massaging counter pressure relief. There are also teeth blankets that offer four chewable corners, which make it extra convenient.
- Washcloth – The basic washcloth can offer practical relief. Some parents simply give their baby a cold washcloth to chew on, while others will fill it with crushed ice and tie it up, or soak it in brewed chamomile tea.
- Food – Many parents use cold food as chew toys for their babies. Whether it's a bagel or a frozen fruit in mesh feeder bags (these are little mesh-like pacifiers that let you put food inside for you baby safely to chew and suck on), food, like teeth rings or washcloths, can be a cold chewy choice for many babies.
- Pacifiers – Pacifiers always seem to soothe a crying baby, which is why many parents use these when their baby is teeth. A lot like teething rings, washcloths and food, parents are placing pacifiers in the freezer to placate sore gums. This may be a more practical solution for youngger teeth babies, who are too small for teeth rings.
- Breast Milk Cubes – For breastfeeding mothers, this is great alternative to the cold food treat. Mothers are taking their pumped breast milk and freezing it in ice cube trays. Later, they simply take a frozen cube and place it in a mesh feeder bag.
- Medicate – If all else fails, you can try to medicate your baby's tender gums. Hyland's Teething Tablets are one possible solution. According to the company, the teeth tablets are a "homeopathic combination of natural substances relieving the restlessness, peevish whining and irritability.
Most of these solutions center on chewing and numbing with coldness, but your baby may prefer some of these solutions over others. Do not be discouraged if your baby does not find relief with your first chosen solution. Do not be afraid to consult your pediatrician, or ask family and friends what solutions worked for them. Just remember that you and your baby will survive this until the next tooth trauma – braces. Do not worry though; you've got some time.
Source by Scarlett Jewel