Help your teething baby get some much needed teething pain relief with the help of these easy teething pain remedies.
A teething baby is often a fussy baby. Some parents are lucky, and their babies suddenly have a baby tooth appear with little to no tears and no apparent pain or discomfort. Most parents, however, are not so lucky. The arrival of new teeth is often accompanied by sleepless nights with an uncomfortable and feverish baby.
A parent at their wits end may feel like they have no way to provide their baby relief from their teething pain, and may instead dissolve into a puddle of their own frustrated tears spurred by the sleep deprivation. While it’s fine to cry, and you definitely deserve to, there are a few easy things that you can try to help your baby get some much needed teething pain relief.
Find comforting things for teething baby to bite on
Your poor baby is in pain and just wants relief. By giving them some comforting teething toys, you can help redirect their painful bites to something that won’t hurt you. Luckily, there are hundreds of teething toys available.
Some babies enjoy teething toys that are made of wood, because that’s what feels best to them on their inflamed gums. The hard wood will be something for them to really get a good grip on, and as their teeth come in, will stand up to the bite marks they will inevitably inflict.
Another option is silicone teething toys. Silicone teething toys are softer and will feel slightly chewy. Because the material will give a little more than something like wood would, your teething child may experience more relief and enjoy chewing on these toys rather than simply biting.
If your child likes both equally, there are toys available that have both wooden and silicone parts, so your child can use both to get the teething pain relief that they need.
Give baby teething friendly foods
Sometimes food is what your child really wants to chew on. And as long as they’re old enough and your pediatrician has approved it, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t let them. Chewing on food can be a great way to relieve teething pain.
Make sure that you select foods that are age appropriate and that will actually be hard enough to give them the teething pain relief that they’re seeking. A few great ideas of foods to help relieve teething pain include celery sticks, carrot sticks, and apple slices.
If your child in experiencing pain from a fever, it may be a good idea to stick these foods in the refrigerator for a little while before giving them to your child. The cold foods will help soothe and numb the pain in their mouths, resulting in a happier, calmer baby.
Don’t let your teething baby chew on their bottle nipples
It may seem natural for your baby to chew on their bottles as they’re drinking. While this may seem harmless, it can be dangerous. Excessive chewing on bottle nipples, especially once babies teeth do begin to come in, could actually cause damage to the nipple. Although bottle nipples are designed to withstand normal wear and tear, a lot of chewing and biting on the nipple could result in tears in the material.
To avoid this, don’t let your child walk around with or play with their bottles unless they’re actually drinking them. Setting boundaries so they know bottles are for drinking and not for playing is important and will also help you set up good bottle health for your baby.
Try amber necklaces
This may seem a little bit extreme or holistic, but a lot of moms have sworn by putting an amber necklace or bracelet on their teething baby to relieve pain associated with teething. The reason that this is said to be effective is due to the healing qualities contained in the natural amber beads. It is said that by wearing the amber bracelet or necklace, the healing qualities from the amber will absorb into your child's skin and reduce inflammation and irritability, turning your miserable teething baby into a much happier child.
Some moms claim that amber necklaces give more of a placebo effect; you believe it will work and want it to work badly enough that it does. Whether a placebo effect or not, if amber necklaces seems to provide teething pain relief, then there’s no harm in giving them a shot.
I hope that these teething remedies help your little one get some much needed teething pain relief. If you have any teething remedies of your own let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear them!