Anywhere between three and twelve months, with an average of seven months, is when babies begin teething. Common teething symptoms include: drooling, gnawing, low-level fever, and mild irritability. If your baby is beginning to teethe, there are certain remedies you may use to relieve their pain, for example:
- Cold compresses. Just as ice relieves a sore muscle, cold compresses help to soothe sore gums. One option is to soak a washcloth in cool water to give to your baby to chew on. For calming effects, you may even soak the washcloth in cool chamomile tea, which may help your baby to sleep. While the cold numbs the pain, the fabric will help to massage the gums. In addition, you may try giving your baby a refrigerated pacifier or teething ring. You should avoid giving your baby anything that is too cold, as this can hurt the gums and your baby. Always supervise your baby to ensure they do not accidentally choke.
- Pressure. Pressure on the gums helps distract the brain from the pain. If your baby rejects cool items, a room temperature teether may be helpful. You may also massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger. The pressure will not only feel good, but your baby will love the squeaky sound it makes.
- Teething toys. Teething toys may be used to help your baby get through this painful period. By chilling the teething toy, the cold helps to numb the nerves that transmit pain. Teething toys are designed for safe chewing, with materials that sooth the gums to relieve pain. In addition, most teething toys have an attractive design to get your babies attention.
Teething can be a difficult time for you and your baby, however, these tips should help to alleviate any pain your baby is experiencing. For information on when to bring your baby to the dentist for their first visit, click here.