How to soothe a teething baby
Ah, good old teething. Wait, scratch that!
Teething is one of the worst things about being a parent.
I know what you are asking yourself, how can my sweet little angel have turned so bad? Well, that is teething.
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What are the signs of teething?
- sucking/chewing on everyday objects
- weird poop
- teeth nubs sticking out
- refuses to nap
You can read in greater detail all about the signs of teething here, and get a better explanation on why these happen.
Who experiences teething? Is it just babies?
Another common question parents have is who can experience teething pain? Well, it might surprise you to learn that both babies and toddlers can go through teething pain.
Ways to soothe a teething baby
1. Pacifier in the freezer/refrigerator
The first tip on how to soothe a teething baby is optional if you use pacifiers with your little one.
I totally understand if you are trying to opt out, but if you are using them- try this!
I simply put the pacifier in the freezer for about 5 minutes, just enough for it to get cold which feels good on baby’s gums.
We always used the Phillips Avent Pacifiers that can be found here on Amazon, but I think it really is a matter of preference for your little one.
Side note: we used pacifiers with my daughter who is now 2 and she got her teeth in much sooner than other kids her age.
I think part of it is due to the fact that she used pacifiers which help break those teeth through the gums.
Fair warning though, after a certain age…it is hard to take the pacifier away.
2. Cold bottle of formula/breastmilk
The second tip for how to soothe a teething baby would be cold fomula or breastmilk.
The same basic principle of the pacifier in the freezer is applied to a bottle.
The cold helps soothe those sore gums, and what better way than to feed baby a cold bottle.
Now, this would only be an option if you are bottle-feeding. Fear not though, there are still other ways to soothe a teething baby!
3. Sucking on a cold washcloth
The third suggestion for how to soothe a teething baby would be to grab a clean washcloth and put some ice cold water on it.
Then, rub it on baby’s gums or even let him/her suck on the washcloth.
Are you seeing a theme here? Cold is going to be your best friend when it comes to soothing a teething baby.
4. Teething toys
The fourth idea on how to soothe a teething baby is to use toys, but not just any toys…teething toys!
The point of teething toys is that it helps baby break those teeth through their gum. The idea is that the more they are chewing on something, the sooner those teeth will erupt.
Here is a complete list of the best teething toys for baby.
What’s also nice is that you can find these just about anywhere that has a baby section, or a baby dedicated store.
Now, while teething toys are great, your child might also like sucking on their hand too.
It really is a matter of finding what works for your baby and then just repeat, repeat, repeat!
5. Extra cuddles!
When you are faced with the question of how to soothe your baby, this next one might seem like an obvious thing.
Let’s face it, giving baby extra cuddles while they are fussy helps.
Not that you really needed another reason too, but well now you have one!
Give your baby lots of extra cuddles and love and remember that this teething phase will not last forever.
6. Brush those gums
Another way to know how to soothe a teething baby is with a toothbrush.
Brushing baby’s gums will not only feel good, but can also help break those teeth through their gums sooner!
Not only that, it is also a great way to get into the habit of good oral care.
This will teach your little one from an early age about brushing their teeth, and hopefully, instill a love of it!
(Not kidding, my daughter loves brushing her teeth, and we started out when she was like 3 months!)
7. Baby Orajel (Benzocaine Free)
Update: If you haven’t heard already, the FDA announced a huge recall of baby orajel due to the safety concerns with benzocaine in it.
You can read the full article here about the recall.
Now, baby orajel was forward-thinking to come up with a benzocaine free cooling gel for teething (pictured below).
While I used to 100% recommend baby orajel in the past (yikes, my bad!), I really don’t know a lot about this newer product.
It’s also not available everywhere. I guess it will take some time to know if it is helpful in soothing a teething baby.
As parents, we never like seeing our children hurt or in pain.
Sometimes it can be hard to know how to soothe a teething baby but just remember these 6 tips: baby orajel, pacifier in the freezer, cold formula/breastmilk, cold washcloth, teething toys, and extra cuddles.
While teething may last quite some time, it’s important to remember it won’t last forever. I hope this helps you with your teething baby!
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