Some babies have no issues with teething, while others become cranky, run fevers, issues with sleeping and more. Most of the time you will notice your baby gumming or chewing on toys, drooling more than normal, running a low-grade fever, and sometimes loose stools. Every baby is so different, and if you’re lucky your baby will just pop those teeth through with no trouble at all. Some moms say the starting month of teething is the worst as you’re trying to figure out the best ways to soothe the baby but each baby is different.
Seeing your baby getting their first tooth is such a huge milestone! It can be tough getting through it and very painful for your little one. But, once it is over you will have a little break in between the next tooth!
Different Signs to Look For In Teething
- Drooling More than Normal
- Putting Hands, Toys, etc in Mouth
- Low Grade Fever
- Diarrhea, Diaper rash
- Decreased appetite
- Sleeping Changes
Ways to Help With Teething:
Wet Wash Cloth: Take a clean wash cloth and get it wet, and let your baby gum it. The coolness from the wash cloth can be really soothing on their gums. The texture of the cloth can help massage the gums and hopefully help break that tooth through.
Teething Toys: You can find so many different type of teething toys. Some are filled with a water mixture you freeze and then let them chew, others are hard with a nice rubber area. Regardless of what you buy try some to see if your baby likes teething toys.
Wooden Teethers: You can buy silicone, rubber and even wood teethers. These are a smooth wood, so when they chomp on it, they find it soothing. Just make sure they use a natural water sealant so it is safe for baby.
Teething Biscuits: You can buy teething biscuits at most grocery stores. They are a harder biscuit that your child can munch on (of course, we did this after 1 year)
Mesh or Silicone Teether: These are pretty neat, you can buy a mesh or silicone teether. Then you can take the top off, put in fruit or veggies, and then secure the lid back on. Then your baby can chew on the teether, and they can taste the fruit or veggies inside. Kids really love this and it can be very soothing to baby.
Teething Necklace for Moms: You can buy necklaces that are pretty stylish for you to wear, that are safe for baby to chew on! This is a great way to have it on and when your baby needs to chew it is right there. You can buy some really stylish teething necklaces to go with your wardrobe!
Baltic Amber Teething Necklace for Baby: These are amazing. Using a baltic amber teething necklace can help bring comfort to your baby during teething. These necklaces they don’t chew on, they actually can’t ever go in a childs mouth, but they wear them and get many healing properities from amber.
Natural Herbs: Rosehip, Chamomile, and Clove are three really popular herbs that have been known to help relieve pain during teething. Simply buy tea bags, and soak a dampen wash cloth and freeze for an hour, and then them chew on the cloth. To make the tea, boil water and steep 1 tsp of the hers in 10 oz of water for 5-7 minutes.
Punkin Butt Teething Oil: This is a mix of coconut oil, peppermint, and clove, this is made with essential oils. You simply apply to baby’s gums.
Pure Honey: If you apply a little bit of pure honey onto your baby’s gums this works to help relieve the pain. This is for children over 1 though, as you have to be careful as baby’s can be allergic to honey.
Cold Coconut Oil: Take a little coconut oil and put in the fridge to cool it off. Then put very little on your finger and rub over baby’s gums.
Distract Baby: One thing that is good, if they are hurting really bad, try to distract them with a toy, step outside for fresh air or take them to a different part of the house. Sometimes if you divert them they might not focus on their tooth hurting.
Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen: If your baby is still really cranky and nothing seems to work, or they are running a fever try a fever reducer. Consult with your doctor to ensure it is okay to give baby (Older than 6 months) and see if this can bring your baby relief.
Do you have any tips or tricks to add?