It’s that time. Your baby’s pearly whites are coming in. How do you know when your baby’s teething? Well, they’ll usually be screaming, drooling and fussy at you non-stop. Most babies begin to teeth around 6 months. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help save your sanity with a few ideas that might soothe your babe.
- Fridge Frenzy – The ‘molar’ bears are out to play! Silicone spoons are perfect for both teething (and eating!) The cold temperature slightly numbs their gums, thus creating an au natural pain reliever. Make sure to stick with the fridge for this hack, as frozen items can cause frostbitten gums.
- Cold Cloth: A classic trick. Simply wet a wash cloth with cold water and allow your little one to go to chew town. If you find they’re not satisfied, try wrapping an ice cube with a cold cloth for some extra ‘oomph.’ Rotate the ice cube around different areas of the wash cloth to prevent one area from getting too cold.
- Massage Party – Everyone could use a good massage, even your baby! Gently massage their gums with a clean finger. If their teeth haven’t come in yet, you can let your baby to gnaw on your finger. Dipping your finger in cool water beforehand can help, too. The pressure from the massage will help ease their discomfort in an instant. Some recommend using small piece of clove or ginger during the massage process, as they contain anti-inflammatory properties.
- Teething necklaces- Teething necklaces are a great way to keep baby content while teething. It does make sense that if baby grows a little tooth they could chomp off a piece of the necklace, making it a potential choking hazard. If you decide to use one, make sure to place it around your neck to reduce the risk of strangulation and watch them closely to avoid potential choking hazards.
- Medicine – Though a pain-relieving cream is a great idea in theory, it is thought to be ineffective as it washes away from the mouth quickly. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using other alternatives for teething pain. The FDA has also found that creams containing benzocaine (common in pain-relievers) can have serious side effect to children under 2.
Note that none of these methods are completely fool-proof. At the end of the day, your little one is going through some serious growth. It takes patience to get over the first hump of new set of teeth. Lastly, always remain nearby no matter what teething tactics you choose. And with that, we bid you adieu. Bonne chance!