How to Tackle Teething Pain – For Good!

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Each phase of parenting brings with it new experiences, new adventures, and new struggles. Each season of raising a child comes and goes faster than we realized it could happen, but when you're sitting right in the eye of a difficult phase, it can be hard to see light at the end.

That's what I am experiencing right now, thanks to the teething phase. I don't know if I had forgotten what this time in a newborn's life was like or if Silver is hitting it harder than my older children, but either way, we're both struggling through it.

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According to WebMD.com, teething typically starts around 6 months of age, but for Silver, it started about 2 months earlier than that. (Anytime between 3 and 12 months is considered average.) I noticed when he turned 4 months old that he started to really bite hard on things (While nursing, he would chomp down hard. Ouch!), and the drooling became super obvious. It seems just as his colic phase started to ease up, the teething pain ramped up, and now we're looking for ways to help soothe his sore gums and constant need to bite down on something.

Soothing him has been a lot of trial and error to find the perfect combination of tricks and tips that work for him. Just like colic relief, no product or method will work wonders for every baby, but there are a few different things you can test out if you're looking to soothe your baby's gums, in order to find what works for you.

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Try homeopathic remedies

You can pick up products like drops or tablets that are said to help ease the inflammation and pain associated with teething. You'll want to check in with your child's doctor to get their input on the safety and success of the homeopathic products, but many parents swear by them and their ability to sooth their babies' sore gums.

Another homeopathic remedy some parents swear by is the use of amber necklaces. According to Snugglebugz.ca, the necklaces work because “amber is a natural pain reliever that has been used for centuries. It warms up against [the baby's] skin and releases its healing ‘magic'–a natural anti-inflammatory. It is also great to help amp up the immune system to fight off other common infections.”

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Cold, frozen wash cloth

Ice and super-cold items have a wonderful ability to temporarily numb pain, and when it comes to teething, it's no different. If you take a soft washcloth and get it good and wet with water, then place it in the freezer for it to get cold–that's the perfect teether for baby.

Alternatively, you can use the feeding mesh products that are perfect for allowing your baby who can't really chew food yet to experience the wonders of frozen grapes or even frozen breast milk for their sore gums.

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Teething toys

There are a lot of options available that babies can use to chew on that are both safe for their gums and easy enough for them to hold onto and bring to their mouth. They can be made from all types of material, from natural wood to silicone or latex, and come in a different shapes and sizes.

1. Tommee Tippee Chewther, Toys”R”Us, $6.99 / 2. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe, Toys”R”Us, $22.99 / 3. Nuby Loop Teether, Toys”R”Us, $4.99

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Pain-relief medication

Of course, after you check in with your pediatrician to make sure you give the right medication at the right dose, sometimes, giving some Tylenol or ibuprofen now and again can help curb some of the aches your baby has from those teeth trying to pop through.

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Lots of cuddles and love

If all else fails, and your baby is still uncomfortable and upset, the best you can do is give him lots of cuddles and love. That extra comfort can go a long way for a baby in feeling safe and secure while dealing with the discomfort of teething. Hold your baby, wear your baby in a baby wrap, keep him close and practice skin-to-skin, and he will be comforted knowing you've got his back.

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How to Tackle Teething Pain – For Good!

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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9 comments

  1. jeffery says:

    My only baby, Jaxon, was 3 months and I just Knew his teeth were coming. He wasn’t fussy or drooling. He wasn’t anything different, but I was rubbing his gums everyday looking for his teeth. 2 weeks later, his bottom right poked through his gums! It was sooooo cute! So sharp too! 🙂 3 days later he started sleeping through the night and life got so much better for me. He was only 5lbs 11oz when he was born and his doc said he was still waking up every 3-4 hours to eat cause he was a smaller baby. 15 days after the 1st tooth, he got his second bottom in. He has never liked a paci or chewing on his toys, but he will chomp down on my finger when I rub his gums. GOD blessed me with a great baby and I am thankful everyday.

  2. Mamasita says:

    Pacifier cold! … nice to know

  3. sweety says:

    Teething oh god both mother and the infant get tired of it.

  4. Hannah says:

    My little guy is 10 months old and he is working on his 8th tooth. We haven’t had any problems with fussiness, drooling or sleep deprivation and I think it is because he has been wearing a baltic amber necklace since he was about 3 months old. There was one afternoon a week or two ago I forgot to put it on him and he was so fussy, which is totally unlike him – I think it’s because he didn’t have his necklace on.

  5. katrinatee says:

    my son just recently turned four months old, and has started teething too. at first I thought no way , it’s too early for him to be teething, but all the signs confirmed it. he was drooling like crazy , chewing on his fingers , and really fussy . his sleep pattern and appetite had changed and everything . so far he hasn’t been a fan of teething toys , but I’ve been putting his pacifier in the fridge and that seems to help him a bit , also hyland’s teething tablets have been pretty good at relieving his pain , so I definitely recommend those 🙂

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