Tips to Ease Teething Pain

Teething baby chews on his index finger and smiles

It’s no fun at all seeing your baby go through the discomfort of teething. Not to mention their crying can cause you a whole lot of stress and sleep deprivation. So what can you do to alleviate your child’s teeth discomfort? Here are some methods you can try:

1. Rub Their Teething Gums

Applying a little bit of pressure to your baby’s gums can ease their pain since it helps distract them from the pressure of their teeth pushing their way out. First, wash your hands, and then use a clean finger or a moistened piece of nonwoven gauze to gently rub their gums in a circular motion. You can think of it as a mini gum massage!

2. Give Them Something to Chew On

Try giving your baby a variety of yummy foods to gnaw on using a mesh food feeder. Some of our favorites include frozen banana, frozen pureed melon, pear, frozen blueberries, peaches, nectarines, frozen breast milk, carrot, and homemade fruit popsicles made of a fruit puree mixed with a low-sugar yogurt.

3. Give Things a Chill

A chilled teething ring, teether, or pacifier can work wonders for reducing your baby’s gum pain and swelling. Chill it in the fridge first as long as you’ve first checked that the specific product is safe for cooling. You can even freeze a washcloth dipped in water or breastmilk and let your baby chew on that.

4. Go for Pain Medication

Before giving your baby any type of new medication, it’s a good idea to consult your pediatrician first. If your baby’s teething pain is serious and your child is of an appropriate age, the doctor may give you the go-ahead to use a children’s pain medication.

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