As a parent, it can be so difficult to watch your baby struggle as they go through the teething stage. Every baby experiences teething differently, with some experiencing a few symptoms, and others experiencing none at all. It is so important to know how to soothe a teething baby.
Here are some things you can do to help your baby through teething discomfort and pain:
Chill Some Fruit
If your baby has already been introduced to solid foods, you can chill some fruit for them to eat in order to soothe their gums. The best way to do this is to chill some mashed bananas, and then place the mashed banana in a meshed feeder for your baby to suck on. Using a meshed feeder allows your baby to handle their chilled food on their own without any choking risks.
Cool A Metal Spoon
Cold metal can be very soothing, so if you can see your baby is battling with a particular area of their gums, place a teaspoon in the fridge. Once it has cooled slightly, rub the back of the spoon against your baby’s gums to offer some relief.
Give Your Baby A Cold Washcloth
Take a clean washcloth and place it in cold water. Wring it out to remove any excess water and place it into the fridge. Once it has cooled, fold it a little smaller and give it to your baby for them to chew on. The cool temperature and the textured surface of the cloth will soothe their gums. However, do not leave your baby unattended while he chews on the washcloth.
Purchase A Teething Toy
There are some really effective teething toys on the market, which can be placed in the fridge to cool before being given to your baby. Make sure to keep the toy clean by washing it between uses. Avoid gel or liquid-filled toys as these could break and possibly cause a choking hazard.
Wipe Away Drool
Teething babies drool a lot, and it is a common sign of teething. Try to wipe the drool away from your baby’s chin as often as possible, keeping it clean and dry. Have them wear bibs to protect their clothes. The soft bibs can be used for wiping their chin as well. Don’t wipe often enough to irritate their skin, but keep the area clean to avoid a rash or inflammation.
Speak To Your Doctor
If none of these methods seem to be helping your baby, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor. They might be able to recommend teething medication to soothe the discomfort, or other medication to help with teething symptoms.
Remember To Give Lots Of Cuddles
One of the best things you can do for your teething baby is to keep up with lots of hugs and cuddles. It is a comfort that cannot be replaced, and it will really help your baby deal with teething pains and discomforts. Soothing your baby to sleep will also help them rest a little easier. Use all these ideas to soothe a teething baby, and to give you both some comfort.