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Teething – tips on how to cope

Here’s a few ideas to help baby alleviate the discomfort that he/she may be feeling…

For baby, teething is not always an easy journey. When they first begin to get their first teeth, baby may not experience any problems at all but equally it can be a very painful process. Below you will find a few ideas to help baby alleviate the discomfort that he/she may be feeling:-

 

Hugs

Treat you and your little one to lots of hugs and cuddles. The physical bonding and one to one focused attention will make everyone feel better and less stressed.

 

Distraction

Keep them occupied with something fun to distract them from their teething pain. Sit with them to do something fun such as reading a favourite book or playing their favourite game. Or have a change of scenary: move around the house, garden or go out for a walk or drive can switch their focus away the pain in their gums.

 

Pressure – Teethers and massage

A new tooth pushing up through the gum can cause pressure and be painful. If you gently rub your clean finger along baby’s gums it will help relieve the pressure and improve circulation of blood in the gums. Small amounts of either olive oil or vanilla can gently numb the gums to relive pain.

Giving your baby a teether or teething toy to gnaw on will help relieve pain and can also entertain and teach them at the same time. There are many teethers available including rattles, colourful massaging teethers, water filled teethers or interactive teether toys. Baby toothbrushes work well too and get your baby used to having the brush in his mouth. Chewing on her pacifier, gum massager or sugar free biscuits or other foods helps too.

 

Coldness

Giving your baby something cold to place against their swollen and sore gums will help soothe the pain. Letting them drink cool water will help and you could try freezing a dummy, ice lolly, washcloth, bottle or food.

 

Medication and Homeopathic remedies

Sugar-free teething gels can often contain mild, local anaesthetics that can help alleviate pain and antiseptic ingredients that prevent infection. There are many homeopathic remedies available in tablet, liquid and gel formats. And there are many natural ways to help your baby, camomile tea is perfectly safe and will work great for your baby if they are feeling stressed. Just seep tea for a few minutes then once it has cooled down to room temperature put a couple of ounces in his bottle. Meltaway teething tablets, Camilia, Chamomilla, or Aconite drops help reduce swelling and relieve irritability.

If your baby is in pain or has a raised temperature, you may want to give them a painkilling medicine that has been specifically designed for children. These medicines contain a small dose of acetaminophen, paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease any discomfort. The medicine should also be sugar-free.

Check with your pharmacist or doctor before using a particular medication.

 

Reflexology

Your baby’s foot is divided into different zones. By appling gentle pressure to the toe area highlighted in purple, you will be able to sooth your baby’s teething pain.

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Preventing rashes

Babies drbble a lot more when teething. Give you little one a Zippy bib or change clothes when they are soaked. Make sure you regularly dry their face, especially their chin to prevent them from developing a rash. You may also find it helpful for your baby to sleep on an absorbent sheet.