After baby’s first few months, you’ve (almost) gotten into a routine you may even have even enjoyed a night of unbroken sleep – bliss. Then suddenly, (cue scary-movie music) your little one turns into a red-cheeked, crying, drool-machine. And you and your partner thought 4am feeds were bad!
Your baby’s first teeth have decided to appear, causing her irritation and pain, but don’t panic, we have lots of tips from ClapHandies’ parents and leaders to ease those symptoms.
In the PlayLabs over the years we have come across some brilliant nuggets of advice and recently we’ve had great chats about what teething tips worked best for you.
Here’s just a flavour of the suggestions we’ve gotten so far…
How to ease baby’s pain
– Gently rub a clean finger over baby’s sore gums to numb the pain for a little while.
– Give baby something clean and cool to bite on. This can also be a welcome distraction for her. She will probably find plenty of things to chew on herself as you notice a lot of her toys dripping with saliva!
– Teething rings and chewy toys that have been chilled in the fridge may also give her some relief.
– If your baby has started on solid foods, you could let her bite on a peeled, chilled carrot, a crust of bread, or frozen banana, making sure you keep an eye on her to avoid any choking risk.
– Put cold fruit into a safe ‘sucking bag’ like ClevaMama’s ClevaFeed (below).
Distracting your little one often works wonders.
– Let your little one look at herself in the mirror can make her forget the irritation, even if it’s for a short time.
– Try a change of scene; go out for a walk, the fresh air will do you both good. A stroll to the park will offer lots more distractions for baby.
– Even simply blowing on your little one’s face can help them snap out of their fussiness.
Teething gels and granules
– Some parents find teething granules, such as Teetha the homeopathic remedy, soothe their babies’ gums. – Some of our ClapHandies’ parents have found that granules work better when baby is a bit older and can chew on them for relief.
– Others have found that Calgel, which is only available in the UK, works wonders for their babies and is worth the trip to Newry or Belfast. It is suitable for babies from the age of three months and helps numb your little one’s gums.
Some mums find that an amber bracelet on baby’s ankle can help to relieve teething pain. The theory is that a tiny amount of oil is released on to your baby’s skin and this eases discomfort. Do check the safety of the bracelet as in the past we have heard of these products being recalled.
Using some baby massage techniques can ease soreness. Gently massage your baby around the jaw and the gums.
Massaging acupressure points, such as the hand or the middle of the forehead, before bedtime can also help. See here for more details.
Baby pain medication
We’re not advocating that you ply your little ones with ‘the hard stuff’ – baby paracetamol (Calpol) or baby ibuprofen (Nurofen) – but if you had a toothache, would you take paracetamol? If your baby is very distressed, you can give her the right dose of infant paracetamol or infant ibuprofen.
There will be moments, especially at night-time, when baby will reject your various soothing efforts. That’s when lots of cuddles from you is the best kind of pain relief!
Check out our video of ClapHandies’ mums chatting about how they’ve coped with their babies’ teething: See video here
References: ‘My baby is teething. What can I do?’ Baby Centre
‘Your child’s teething timeline’ Baby Centre