It can be difficult to watch your baby teethe and not know how to ease her discomfort. Here are some suggestions to help keep your baby free from pain.
1. Chilled Fruit
If you've introduced solid foods to your baby, a snack of chilled bananas is a good way to ease those sore gums. To help prevent the risk of choking, place the fruit in a mesh feeder, and give to your baby to lick or suck on. If using a mesh feeder you can experiment with other types of fruit such as steamed apples, strawberries, mangoes, or ripe pears.
2. Cold Washcloth
Submerge a clean washcloth in water, wring it out until just damp, and then place it in the fridge. Once cool, fold it smaller and give to your baby to chew on. Don't leave your child unattended while she sucks or chews on the washcloth, as this can be a choking hazard.
3. Metal Spoon
Cool metal can be soothing, so grab a regular teaspoon from your kitchen drawer and put it in the fridge. When the spoon is cool, gently rub the back of the spoon against your baby’s gums.
4. Massaging Baby’s Gums
After washing your hands, sit with your baby and gently massage her gums in round, circular motions.
5. Chilled Non-Gel Teething Toy
Place your baby’s favorite solid (not liquid-filled) teething toy in the fridge to let it cool before handing to your baby, taking care to keep it clean. Make sure the toy is easy for your baby to hold.
6. Bibs for Drooling
Teething often produces lots of drooling. Help protect your baby’s clothes with soft bibs, which you can also use for wiping your baby's chin. Gently wipe her face often enough to help prevent any rash or irritation but not so often that you create additional irritation.
7. Mommy Cuddles
Sometimes the best medicine can be time with Mom. Pick a comfortable chair, put on some soothing music, and rock your baby gently. This will provide some quiet time for hugs and comfort, while also giving you both some much-needed rest.
Consult your child’s healthcare provider before giving your child acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or any form of medication, including homeopathic remedies.