You have feed your baby and changed him. But he is still crying.
You sing his favorite songs and play peek a boo with him, but he is not having it. He is drooling everywhere and hasn’t slept well the past few days. “What’s wrong with my baby,” you ask yourself.
You notice two little bumps on his gums and he is quiet when he is chewing on your shirt.
That’s it! He is teething!
Fussy, teething babies are no fun. Good news! I have several tips to help you soothe your baby and keep you sane.
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1. Massage your baby’s gums.
Make sure that you wash your hands first. Initially, your baby may be resistant to you putting your finger in their mouth.
Once you get in, use gentle pressure to rub your baby’s gums with the pads of your fingers.
This was my husband’s go-to method for my youngest son. I remember walking into the room with them both sitting on the couch watching tv and my husband massaging away.
I will be honest. At first, I thought it was a bit odd, but if it works … I am not going to stop him.
Try this next time to see if your little one gets some relief.
2. Give your baby something to chew on.
Babies will naturally start chewing on your shirt or anything he can pick up and put things in their mouth.
Giving your baby a washcloth or baby teether will help ensure your baby is chewing something safe and non-toxic.
You can find all types and varieties of baby teethers at your local grocery store or Amazon.
The different textures act like a massage for your baby’s irritated gums.
Honestly, this helped with my first son, but the youngest thought they were toys to throw around.
Don’t be discouraged if your little one doesn’t use a teether. There are other options to help soothe your teething baby.
Other chewing options under supervision include:
4. A rubber utensil
Try a rubber utensil like a measuring spoon from the kitchen.
5. A rubber toy
Cute little rubber toys like a rubber duckie make great companions for chewing.
Although I pacifiers can be a controversial topic for kids, there is no denying that they can provide relief for teething babies.
7. Soft toothbrush
Also, letting your baby chew something cold can give some relief.
8. Try putting cold water on the washcloth.
9. Frozen fruit slices
10. Cold binky or pacifier
Remember, these suggestions are with adult supervision.
11. Teething jewelry
There are some fun necklaces that are specially designed for your baby to chew on. I thought this was pretty clever to have something stylish and functional.
I know there were many times that my necklace became something to chew on. With the teething jewelry, you baby will have something safe to chew on and get relief
12. Try homeopathic products.
I personally used Hyland’s Teething Tablets with my oldest son and it helped tremendously. I stopped recommending this product back in 2016 because the FDA put out a warning and then there was a subsequent recall.
Hyland’s has a new formula that is free benzocaine, belladonna, artificial flavors, dyes, and parabens.
Another product I have received lots of positive feedback is Camilla. This product helps relieve teething discomfort so that your little one can be that happy baby you once knew.
My take on Baby Orajel
I do not recommend using the baby Orajel and other products with benzocaine because your baby is salivating so much, the product will be washed away with spit a few seconds after putting it on.
Mommy, remember that teething is a natural process. It may be an annoying natural process. 🙂 Know that this will not last long.
This exciting. Your baby is getting new teeth. Soon you will be caring for these little teeth.
You’ve got this! Share with me your wins on calming your teething baby.
Disclaimer: I am a dentist, but I am not your dentist. Please be sure to check with your dentist for individual treatment options. This material is for educational purposes only. It is not to replace seeing your dentist regularly.