How to Tackle Teething Pain – For Good!
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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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