OK, so CDs may not be one of the best baby teething remedies in the world!
But unless you provide your baby with alternatives, he will chew on just about anything. (Well, he probably will anyway, because that’s how babies are.)
Below you’ll find some suggestions on how to help your teething baby ease the pain.
If you are uncertain whether your infant is actually teething,
click here to learn about the most common teething symptoms.
Now check the teething relief tips. In my experience, a combination of actual pain relief and distraction works the best.
Effective Teething Remedies for Babies
Something to bite on
If you don’t give your baby something to bite on, you can be sure that he’ll find something anyway. Babies tend to gnaw on everything when teething.
But biting a teething toy might provide a little extra relief. A rubber toy with some nice texture to chew on seems to be popular among babies.
If you put the teething toy in the freezer for a while to make it really cold, it may improve even better relief for your baby.
You can also try putting an ice cube in a thin, clean towel and rub it against your baby’s gum, where the tooth is about to erupt. But don’t use just an ice cube, since this could be a choking hazard. For the same reason don’t let your baby hold the towel and ice cube.
One mom I talked to soaked part of a cloth and then put it in the freezer. Her baby, who woke up at night inconsolable, suck on the towel for a little while and then went back to sleep. Definitely worth trying! Don’t soak a too big part of the towel though, or your baby will become soaking wet when the water melts.
Pain relief medication
If nothing else help and especially at night, it might be worth considering pain relief for your baby. Ibuprofen, for example, is harmless if used in the correct dose. Read the instructions carefully and ask your doctor or at the pharmacy.
You can also try a teething gel, like this one at Amazon. Personally, I don’t have a good experience of those – just a screaming baby and no true relief. I guess it tasted really bad according to my baby. But of course it might work for your baby!
A home remedy I recently learned about is vanilla extract. Rubbing it against your baby’s gum is supposed to easy the pain a bit. Most types of vanilla extract contin alcohol, so be careful not to use it too much. Try dipping a Q-tip into the extract and rub your baby’s gums. There are also non-alcoholic vanilla extracts available, so you can try those too.
Especially at day time, your baby might need a bit more distraction than usual while teething. Playing alone might not work at all. Consider doing things that your baby really loves, such as going the playground,
bathing or just playing together. Having fun definitely helps!
Something with flavor
Something really yummy (from your baby’s perspective), may also serve as a relief and comfort for a while. In addition to frozen bananas; teething biscuits or frozen waffles are some examples of teething remedies used by parents.
Frozen water melon is another option.
I’ve also tried giving my babies crusts – very popular. Just try finding crusts that don’t contain sugar. Also, remember that once your baby has a few teeth, he can actually bite off pieces of the crust. As always, you need to watch your baby, so that he doesn’t choke.
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