“Top Tips for Soothing a Teething Baby”
Teething can be a difficult and painful time for both babies and parents. As new teeth push through the gums, babies may experience discomfort, fussiness, and difficulty sleeping. Here are some top tips to help soothe a teething baby:
- Offer a teething toy. Give your baby a safe and appropriate teething toy to chew on, such as a silicone teething ring. This can help relieve pressure and discomfort in the gums.
- Use a cold cloth or ice. Applying a cold cloth or ice to the gums can help soothe and numb the area, reducing pain and discomfort.
- Massage the gums. Using a clean finger or a soft cloth, gently massage your baby’s gums to help relieve pressure and discomfort.
- Offer a dummy. A dummy can help soothe a teething baby, and can also provide a comforting source of oral stimulation.
- Try a teething gel or ointment. Teething gels and ointments, available over the counter, can help numb the gums and relieve pain. Be sure to follow the instructions and talk to your pharmacist before using any teething products if worried.
- Keep baby hydrated. Make sure your baby is drinking enough fluids, as teething can cause drooling and dehydration.
- Offer soft foods. Offer your baby soft foods, such as pureed fruits and vegetables, to help soothe the gums and provide additional nutrition. (for babies over 6 months)
- Use teething jewelry.
Teething jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet, can provide a safe and convenient option for babies to chew on.
Remember, teething is a normal part of development, and will eventually pass. With these tips, you can help soothe your teething baby and provide comfort and support during this challenging time. If you have concerns or questions, talk to a health care professional.
Teething may affect sleep for a few nights but should settle down once the tooth has broken through the gum. If unsettled continue then there maybe something else causing those sleep battles and should be looked into further. Lets chat about them