The emergence of your baby’s first tooth is an important milestone in the process of their growth, although it’s worth all the celebrations, unfortunately, it always arrives with a feeling of discomfort for the baby and the parents. Babies going through this phase often become fussy, annoyed, and sleep-deprived. However, natural remedies and science coming together never disappoint us. Some techniques can be adapted to end the trouble for your bundle of joy.
One of the old yet widely used techniques for teething pain relief is to use a chilled teething toy. The cooling effect makes the gums feel numb, which brings temporary relief to the child. These toys are particularly crafted for this reason and are usually harmless.
You can try massaging your baby’s gums with your fingers or a piece of gauze. Such mild pressure can diminish pain to an extent. But make certain that you clean and sanitize your hands first.
Soak a neat and clean washcloth in water and put it in the refrigerator for some time. Once it's cold, it can be given to the baby to bite on. The grainy texture and cold surface will provide relief to sore gums.
You can try using teething rings crafted from BPA-free and non-toxic substances. Chill them to increase the coldness for enhanced soothing impact on the gums.
Babies above 6 months are fit to feed on soft foods, breast milk put into an ice cube tray or silicon mold with a stick can be refrigerated and frozen as an organic ice cream. They work as a great cooling agent against sore and itchy gums.
If your baby is fit enough to consume solid foods, you can keep him away from foods that contain spices or citric acid. Such food items can cause gums to inflame especially when they are already sensitive. You can rather use soft, mushy foods that are easy to chew on like mashed bananas, smoothies, or purees.
There are some teething gels and medications available in the market, safe for babies to use. However, you must consult with your pediatrician for the prescription of accurate dosage and it will be really helpful for easing the teething pains.
Distractions work as a treat for babies. Divert the attention of your child toward their favorite toy or read them a story. Your cuddles and warm embrace will also offer the sentimental support required for this phase.
Although the teeth haven’t fully emerged yet, it will be a wise decision to start taking care of them from now on. Clean the teeth and gums regularly with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. This will not only strengthen gums and teeth but also help your child get used to it.
Your little one’s teething process is often accompanied by fever and diarrhea, which can worsen the situation. You can always consult a podiatrist or a dentist well-versed in child dentistry.