Baby Teething Comfort Tips
A teething baby can be very stressful. They’re cranky, tired, in pain—and very loud. Teething can also sometimes cause illness, such as rashes, diarrhea, and even fever. All the above often leave parents looking for any option to help their baby feel better. Thankfully, there are many methods to comfort a teething baby. Here are our top six suggestions.
Massage the baby’s gums
Rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger or dampened gauze pad can help ease the baby’s discomfort.
Give your child a teething ring
A teething ring is effective in easing your baby’s discomfort. It’s advisable to use the firm, rubber teething ring. The types filled with water may break due to the pressure of your child’s bite.
Keep the baby’s gums cool
Place a chilled washcloth on your baby’s gums to keep them cool and ease the discomfort. Don’t make the mistake of giving the baby a frozen teething ring, as the extreme cold can aggravate already sore gums.
Give your baby cold food before bedtime
Cold is effective in easing gum pain, and a full stomach promotes sleep. Be sure to provide age-appropriate food, such as fruits and vegetables that your baby can chew properly. Grapes and boiled carrots are great options. You can also give cold yogurt.
Give chamomile tea
Chamomile tea will provide your baby relief from teething discomfort and even induce sleep. You can give chamomile tea through a feeding bottle. The ea can be slightly warm or room temperature.
Over-the-counter medications can be helpful
If your baby proves to be too cranky, you can try over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. These have proven to ease hurting gums.
It’s worth noting that homeopathic teething tablets and teething drugs that contain benzocaine or lidocaine are not recommended. They are not healthy for your baby, and they can even cause death. Always ask your pediatrician or pharmacist before giving your child any medications—natural or not.
Baby teething can be a frustrating period for both you and your child, but you can minimize the stress by following the above six baby teething comfort tips.