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How to Soothe a Teething Baby: Tips and Remedies for Parents

Just when you thought your bundle of joy was getting into the routine of sleeping all night, suddenly they are waking up fussy and irritable. They could be sick, but if they are approaching 6 months old, it is more likely it’s their first tooth coming in causing their discomfort. Let’s learn as much as possible about how to soothe a teething baby: tips and remedies for parents.

Signs of Teething

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Crankiness and excessive drooling are your first signs that your baby is teething. Nighttime seems to be the worst.

Look for these signs:

  • Wanting to chew on objects
  • Tender gums
  • Fussiness
  • Slight increase in temperature, but not a fever

The worst pain occurs just 24 to 72 hours prior to the actual tooth eruption. You can actually feel a little nub or top of the tooth if you rub your finger on your baby’s gums. Teeth on the bottom usually come first.

Helping Your Teething Baby

There are some basic do’s and don’ts when soothing your teething baby.

Think Cold Not Frozen

There are many implements and natural substances you can use to help relieve the pain. Just remember whatever you use should be cold, but NOT frozen.

  • There are teething rings you can purchase, and these silicone rings are easy for your baby to grab and hold onto.
  • Rinse a soft cloth and place it in the fridge until ready to use. Your baby will bite down on it for pain relief.
  • Cold pieces of watermelon are not only helpful, but a tasty treat too.
  • A chilled spoon rubbed on baby’s gums will soothe their pain for a bit.

If your baby seems to be especially uncomfortable, ask your pediatrician about any specific over-the-counter medications for teething.

Other Tips

  • Use your clean finger to rub your baby’s gums. You can also use clean wet gauze. Only use light pressure.
  • Massage your baby’s feet. There is some kind of connection between feet and teeth. This action seems to help distract and relieve the pain. Use a lotion as you massage.
  • Regularly wipe away the drool.
  • Be patient. Your baby is crying and fussy because teething hurts.

What to Avoid

  • Never use anything like gels with benzocaine or lidocaine as they can be harmful.
  • Do not use teething necklaces or bracelets which can lead to choking.
  • Never use homeopathic teething tablets which can cause breathing problems and seizures.

Before you know it, you’ll be taking lots of adorable photos of your little baby showing off their new teeth.

Contact Genesis Pediatrics at (585) 426-4100 if none of the above tips sufficiently relieve baby’s discomfort.

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