Is teething making you and your baby’s life miserable right now? What can parents do to ease that pain? When that tooth gets to aching it’s time to break out the home teething remedies. Let’s take a look at some of the tried and true and maybe some new methods for teething.
We have had our fair share of sleepless nights, and frustrating days when my daughter has a tooth coming in. It’s no fun at all. And we’ve tried everything to help her feel better.
Luckily, she is almost through the teething stage. She is about to turn 2 years old and is cutting her top canine teeth right now. Once those are in we just have to wait for the back molars to come in and then we’re golden!
Teething usually starts around six months but can start as early as four months. They usually have a full set of teeth by 2 years old. If you’ve noticed your baby has started drooling and chewing more on their hands or toys it’s possible they may have a tooth coming in.
Or if you notice they are fussier than normal, check their gums, there may be a tooth there.
Here are my top teething remedies to help soothe your fussy baby.
Dealing With The Drool
Constant drooling can really irritate the skin around the mouth. Keep a bib on your baby to help absorb drool and keep the skin around the chin, jaw, and neck dry. I loved the bandana bibs because they get up underneath the chin where it usually stays wet. The regular type of bibs just cover the chest, that’s why the bandana bibs work much better. However, you’ll still need to change it out several times a day as it starts to get soaked.
The Old Stand By
As of 2018, the FDA does not recommend using Orajel on kids under 2 years old. It has been linked to causing adverse reactions in kids. So, unfortunately, using any kind of medicated tooth gel is out. You don’t want to take a chance on something happening to your little one, so let’s take a look at some other natural teething remedies that have proven to be effective.
Probably the easiest and most convenient method to ease tooth pain is chewing on something. The counter pressure from biting down helps ease the pain. Let your baby chew on your clean finger while you massage the gums. Try this oral gum massager and toothbrush that fits on your finger. Or try the SmileFrida finger toothbrush that doubles as a gum massager. This teething mitten does double duty when baby wants to chew on his hand.
Or give your baby a solid rubber teething toy. Letting it get cold in the refrigerator can feel good on sore gums. But make sure not to freeze it. Putting a frozen object on the skin for too long can damage it.
Another option for your baby to chew on are teething biscuits. These are firm enough to give baby something to chew on and they dissolve easily. You can find teething biscuits, wafers, or rice risks at the grocery store in the baby section. There are also lots of homemade recipes you can find online and make them yourself.
Breast Milk Popsicles
You can also try something cold on baby’s gums. These “momsicles” are a great use of your breast milk. You can find baby popsicle molds like these from Nuby online. Pour the breast milk into the molds and then freeze. Your baby will love the cold on their gums. But be sure to supervise while your baby chews on them. Leaving something frozen on the gums or skin for too long can be damaging.
Wearable Teething Jewelry
Try these silicone necklaces for moms to wear and let your baby chew on it while you hold them. Try these teething necklaces from Chewbeads or find some super cute options on Etsy. I prefer the necklace so that I can monitor my daughter when she’s chewing on it. You definitely want to supervise your baby because they are made of silicone beads and can pose a choking hazard. Give it a quick inspection before letting your baby go to town on it. They are actually pretty cute and you can find them in different colors to match your outfits.
Tylenol or Ibuprofen
If all of your best efforts still can not soothe your little one, ask your pediatrician about using infant Tylenol or Ibuprofen. (Ibuprofen can be used in babies over 6 months old.) These over the counter medications are not only used for fever but also pain relief. To be honest, Tylenol was the remedy that worked best for us.
I’m also a nurse so it doesn’t bother me to give my daughter medicine. But I do understand some people aren’t comfortable giving their baby any medications. Just talk with your pediatrician to find a solution that works best for you.
Babies grow and change so fast and teething just comes with the territory. It’s not always pleasant dealing with these growing pains. Teething can be hard on your little one. While you can’t always take away the pain completely you can do your best to comfort them with some of these home remedies and lots and lots of snuggles.