Teething is tough! Here are our best tips on how to cope.
For baby, teething is not always an easy journey and all you want to do as a parent is make it better for your little one. The teething process is long and hard, but of course, so rewarding! Every baby is different and will experience individual teething journeys. When baby first begins to get their first teeth, they may not experience any problems at all, or they could experience some discomfort and there is no golden rule you should follow to make them better, you just have to do what is best for your little one to make it better. Below we have written some of our favourite tips that might help your little one through their teething journey.
Hugs and Comfort
It’s simple, but there is nothing more effective. Treat you and your little one to lots of hugs and cuddles. The physical bonding and one to one focused attention will make everyone feel better and less stressed. Get baby a nice cosy blanket and something such as a toy or blanket that will offer a sense of reassurance and comfort to them.
Keep them occupied with something fun to distract them from their teething pain. Sit with them to do something fun such as reading a favourite book or playing their favourite game. We highly recommend sensory play such as rice play or lights as it will distract baby and give them something else to feel or focus on. We also recommend having a change of scenery: move around the house, garden or go out for a walk or drive can switch their focus away the pain in their gums.
Teething Tools and Massages
A new tooth pushing up through the gum can cause pressure and be painful. If you gently rub your clean finger along baby’s gums it will help relieve the pressure and improve circulation of blood in the gums. Small amounts of topical gel, olive oil or vanilla can gently numb the gums to relive pain.
Giving your baby a teether or teething toy to gnaw on will help relieve pain and can also entertain and teach them at the same time. There are many teethers available including rattles, colourful massaging teethers, water filled teethers or interactive teether toys. Baby toothbrushes work well too and get your baby used to having the brush in their mouth. Chewing on their pacifier, gum massager or sugar free biscuits or other foods helps too.
Giving your baby something cold to place against their swollen and sore gums will help soothe the pain. Letting them drink cool water will help. You could try freezing a dummy, bottle or food, or even make little smoothies to freeze that will help with weaning too. There are also lots of teething toys that you can buy to pop in the fridge or freezer that help soothe those toothypegs.
Teething gels or topical gels can often contain mild, local anaesthetics that can help alleviate pain and antiseptic ingredients that prevent infection.
If your baby is in pain or has a raised temperature, you may want to give them a painkilling medicine that has been specifically designed for children. These medicines contain a small dose of acetaminophen, paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease any discomfort.
You can also purchase Teething Granules which are a natural pain reliever that easily dissolve on your little one’s gums and offer pain release.
Check with your pharmacist or doctor before using a particular medication.
There are many natural ways to help your baby, camomile tea is perfectly safe and will work great for your baby if they are feeling stressed. Just seep tea for a few minutes, and once it has cooled down to room temperature put a couple of ounces in baby’s bottle. There are many homeopathic remedies available in tablet, liquid and gel formats. Meltaway teething tablets, Camilia, Chamomilla, or Aconite drops help reduce swelling and relieve irritability.
Your baby’s foot is divided into different zones. By applying gentle pressure to the toe area highlighted in purple, you will be able to sooth your baby’s teething pain.
Babies dribble a lot more when teething. Give you little one a Ziggle bib or change clothes when they are soaked. Make sure you regularly dry their face, especially their chin to prevent them from developing a rash. You may also find it helpful for your baby to sleep on an absorbent sheet.
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Love, Team Ziggle x