When your baby is in pain from teething, you’ll do anything to help him feel better. For generations, mothers and grandmothers have found creative ways to help ease their baby’s pain during teething, but do they work? Which are the best teething remedies for your child?
Applying counter pressure can help ease your baby’s pain, just like a back massage can help ease labor pains. Your baby may resist a finger in their mouth, but once you press on the sore spot, he will quickly realize that you are trying to help him. Teething rings and toys work on the same principle, so offer them to your baby if he is old enough to hold them in his mouth.
Ice helps decrease inflammation and swelling, so look for teething rings filled with a sterilized liquid. Simple freeze or place in the fridge and offer to your baby to chew on. The cold combined with the presser will help reduce pain quickly.
If you don’t have any teethers that can be chilled, dip a washcloth in breast milk or water and freeze for your baby to chew on.
Teething toys help babies apply pressure to their gums, which reduces frustration and pain for your child because he controls the pressure. Some babies like soft teething toys made of cloth, yet others prefer wood to gnaw on. Some toys have plastic with nubs or ribs to help soothe baby’s gums and soft fabric, so your baby can choose which ones he likes best at the time.
Some babies do not want to nurse while teething, but others find nursing comfortable, which reduces pain. If your baby uses your nipple as a teething toy, rub his gums before nursing to ease his pain a little before he nurses.
Amber Teething Necklaces
Amber contains succinic acid, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain relief substance. By chewing on the necklaces, the baby reduces pain and swelling from teething pain. The necklaces are available for babies to wear, but you should always supervise your baby when he is wearing one. You can also buy one to wear yourself so your baby can chew while sitting on your lap.
Talk to your pediatrician about giving your child an over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication, so it will reduce swelling. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever that is safe for babies, but ask your doctor for the correct dose.
Hyland’s Teething Tablets have been a popular home remedy for teething, but the FDA is urging parents to discard them after the manufacturer recalled them in 2010. http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm230762.htm Although many parents claimed the tablets worked to relieve teething pain, they contain a potentially hazardous ingredient, so the FDA does not endorse using them for children.
Just like all phases, this too shall pass. It may seem like your baby has been teething forever, but soon those teeth will pop through the gums, and your baby will be back to his happy self!