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Effective Natural Teething Remedies
Teething pain for babies can be very painful. Some sail through the teething process with no big issues, but for most babies, they experience discomfort at least some of the time.
This is particularly true when they start to get their molars. They are the toughest teeth to come through and thus the most painful. Finding natural ways to help teething babies is important.
And the good news is that they really work at helping to alleviate some of your baby’s discomfort.
When does Teething Start?
A baby can generally expect their first tooth between 6 and 10 months of age. Usually teething starts much before that as the tooth begins to push through baby’s gums.
Teething will likely continue until a toddler gets their 2 year molars. That is a long time to deal with teething.
Or your poor baby can get a lot of teeth at one time. That’s what happened with my little girl.
She started out getting her top and bottom front teeth one at a time and then, bam! Her next four teeth came in at the same time! There was excessive drooling and discomfort for that many coming in at one time.
If you are wondering if your little one could be cutting their first teeth, one of the most common symptoms is drooling. When that first tooth starts to come through, you will think your baby constantly has a wet shirt.
You can use a bib to help with all the drooling.
These are some other symptoms to look for: more fussy than usual (hello cranky baby!), soft gums, gums start to look white in baby’s mouth and chewing on anything and everything!
When your baby is in pain, you are likely looking for ways to help soothe that pain. There are certainly gels and a little Tylenol to help a baby out, but we were looking for more natural home remedies for teething pain when possible.
How Can I Soothe My Teething Baby Naturally?
Cold Binkys: If your child uses a binky, put their binky in the freezer to cool it down. This is a great way to help when your baby is in so much pain. The cold will help soothe your baby’s sore gums.
This can be especially helpful if they use a binky at bedtime. The teething pain can make them more fussy at night and affect their sleep. The cold feeling can help with this.
And making sure a baby gets enough rest helps with all of it!
Teething Toy: These types of toys are a great option for a natural way to soothe a teething baby.
There are many forms of teething toys that can help with the pain. There are wooden teethers and teething rings.
The best types are ones you can put in the fridge or freezer to cool them off.
Another great type are toys that have texture to them. Texture gives some relief to their gums and can also help the new teeth to push through. These are a great idea to keep in your diaper bag.
Frozen Washcloth: This solution combines what I mentioned above as the two best types of teething toys because it combines the texture with the cold.
When you wet a facecloth, wring it out and put it in the freezer for a little bit, it will harden. Then your baby can chew on it. This natural remedy will help soothe those sore gums. Be sure it is not too hard or the baby could cut their gums.
Frozen Fruit: If your child has started to eat solid foods, frozen fruit is a great natural way to help with teething.
They make soft mesh bags, or a mesh feeder, that you can put the frozen fruit in. Then you seal it up, and the teething child can eat the nice cold food through the bag. This way, they are getting a little nutrition and the cold from the fruit provides some pain relief at the same time!
Massage Their Gums: Massaging a baby’s gums is one of the most natural ways to soothe a teething baby. It can help the teeth that are coming in to push through and relieve some of the pain.
You want to start with making sure you have a clean finger before putting it into you baby’s mouth.
Be sure to do it gently though because those gums are likely already sore to begin with.
Teething Necklace: If you have had a teething baby, you have likely noticed that they like to grab and try to chew on your necklace.
This can prove to be dangerous if there is any sort of pendant. A baby could end up chomping on it so hard that it comes off and they could swallow it. This makes it a major choking hazard.
There are necklaces made specifically for teething. They are generally made with different shapes and textures that help massage the baby’s gums. It is a safe way for a baby to chew on your necklace.
One of the best things about these necklaces are they come in fun designs and look like a real necklace for mom. And they help baby too! A teething remedy and some fashionable – that’s a win-win for everyone!
Hugs and Cuddles: Nothing is a more natural way to help a teething baby than to just give them hugs and cuddles.
It is not going to make the pain go away, but when your baby is extra fussy from the pain, hugs and especially cuddles can help to comfort them through those potentially sleepless nights.
It will help your baby to know that you are there to help them get through the pain. There is nothing like hugs and cuddles from mommy and daddy.
Teething pain can be tough to get through for both the baby and you, but hopefully these natural remedies will help you make it through!
Natural Remedy for Teething Pain
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