5 Tips to Help Your Baby Get Through Teething More Comfortably

Teething is an inevitable (and bittersweet!) part of your baby’s development. As exciting as this may sound, this can be a nerve-wrecking and stressful time for you as a parent as well, as you watch your little one become cranky and fussy.

For most babies, teething starts between 4-7 months, and they may have a full set of teeth by the time they’re 3 years old.

Some signs and symptoms of teething you can look out for include:

  • Excessive drooling

  • Chewing on objects

  • Crankiness

  • Tender gums

  • Diarrhoea

  • Exhibiting a slight increase in temperature or a low-grade fever

This period can be quite an ordeal for both babies and parents. Fret not, though, as we’ll share our top 5 tips to help your baby get through teething more comfortably!

1. Give your baby a gum massage

Your baby will likely start doing this on their own, either through biting on their own hand (or even your finger) or their toys. To support your little teething child, use a clean finger, gum massager, or wet gauze to massage their gums.

This will help soothe their discomfort and ease their teething pain.

2. Use a teething toy

Similar to a gum massager, a teething toy will provide your baby with a safe outlet to relieve their pain. Placing these toys in the fridge to cool them down (not don’t freeze them!) will also help to provide extra relief.

It would be best to use solid plastic toys instead of gel-filled ones for safety reasons.

There are also teething biscuits available, which serve to help your baby relieve their irritation. Just be sure to monitor your baby to ensure that the biscuits are being handled well.

3. Use an over the counter remedy

If your baby is being extremely fussy and you feel like you can’t ease their crankiness, calling your paediatrician may be the best idea. They would be able to recommend appropriate pain relief medication suitable for your baby. Their professional advice and prescription may help to keep them comfortable.

Many babies may also struggle to fall asleep due to the gum irritation they’re experiencing, so an over-the-counter remedy may help for this too.

4. Wipe away drool

During this time, your baby would likely drool a little more than usual. While this is not a cause for concern, sitting around with a face covered in drool can contribute to rashes forming on their face, which may add to the discomfort felt by your baby.

Even though you can’t wipe off every dribble, keeping their faces clean will go a long way in helping make the teething experience a more comfortable one!

5. Using white noise

Sometimes a little distraction can help to redirect your baby’s attention. Thus, using a white noise machine may help some babies to drift off to sleep despite the discomfort.

We’ve heard that this may not work for all babies, but it’s still worth a try for your little one!

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