TOP TIPS AND HINTS FOR SOOTHING YOUR BABY
There’s a certain level of misery that goes along with a baby who is teething. Not only is the baby suffering with physical pain and tenderness, but parents and other family members are dealing with the implications of that pain. Fussiness, disrupted sleep, nappy rash, flushed cheeks, increased dribble/drooling and a higher desire to be near you all.the.time are just some of the common symptoms.
There are things you can do to make teething less sore for baby and less chaotic for you. Some babies may sail through teething with no issues at all while others are like my younger three who were in absolute agony. Your best bet is to be prepared either way because you never know when your usually content baby will begin shrieking with pain from the inflammation and tenderness of new teeth coming in. Be prepared folks, that’s the best advice I can give you!
There are many teething gels on the market that promise to aid with teething, but let’s take a look at some of the more common alternatives!
KEEP THOSE GUMS COOL!
A baby’s gums can become hot and inflammed while teething. Applying something cool to them may help soothe and reduce this inflammation so baby feels more comfortable. There are special teethers you can buy that you can pop into the refrigerator or freezer. You could also put a face cloth into a plastic bag and place in the freezer so it gets nice and cool before being given to baby.
Another option is freezing breast milk or prepared formula into a cube and then put into a netted baby feeder like the one pictured below. These are handy because baby is at no risk of choking but still has the ability to use something tasty and cool! Some people may recommend putting a fruit or veg into the freezer and using it in a similar way. This is okay so long as baby is the recommended age for introducing solids (6 months old) and you always make sure whatever you give baby can not break off and become a possible choking hazard.
GIVE COUNTER PRESSURE A TRY!
Every time I teach my comfort measures workshops we talk about counter pressure as an effective tool to reduce lower back pain for labouring mums. This counter pressure can be a real game changer during labour and it’s the same for your teething baby! Counter pressure may greatly reduce the aching in their gums and there are several different items you can purchase to help with this.
The items above are great because they do two jobs- applying counter pressure and keeping baby’s gums cool. There are several other items that may provide relief.
Natural wood and other teething toys
Teething biscuits (again, if baby is 6+ months)
Teething necklaces made from silicone
I admit I’m a total lover of silicone teething necklaces! They are not only practical but really pretty! I have several and I love them all! If baby is not teething they also second as a way to keep baby’s hands busy while they are eating or need distraction. Check out the amazing silicone teething necklaces from Loveable Rogue Designs below!- and enter a chance to win a necklace below or over on our Facebook page!
This recommendation takes planning and an open mind! After the birth of my third and fourth babies, I had my placenta encapsulated. This is when your placenta is dehydrated, ground into a fine powder and then put into capsules. There are other remedy options, one of which is a homeopathic remedy for babies. This has got to be one of the best postpartum decisions I have made! Not only did the capsules help me with recovery, the homeopathic remedy does reduce my son’s teething discomfort!
BALTIC AMBER JEWELLERY
Baltic amber jewellery for babies may come in the form of anklets, bracelets or necklaces. Some believe a baby’s body heat helps release succinic acid from the amber, which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Many people claim their baby’s symptoms reduce greatly with use while others shout they are totally ineffective or unsafe. It is true that many agencies, including the HSE, recommend against their use because they are seen as a choking hazard. Parents often counter this by stating they use amber safely, for example by putting an anklet on a baby which is then completely covered by their sock or not leaving the jewellery on during sleep. Baltic amber is an option and if you decide to go this route, ensure you are receiving real amber! I highly recommend Rustic Amber Jewellery, whose images are below.
A combination of the above methods may be a great way to provide some comfort for your baby until a tooth (or two or three!) come through. The cranky days and nights are generally short-lived but can feel like an eternity when you’re in the thick of it. I hope you find some of these suggestions helpful!
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