Teething! Why Are You Such a Pain!
So how can you really tell if your baby is fussy because of teething troubles?
- Teething rings and toys were a relief and good distraction. I often chilled the teethers in the fridge (not in the freezer). But a word of caution with the liquid filled teethers: they can develop cracks, have to be constantly washed and used under supervision to prevent choking. It might take a while to find one that your child will love best so have a couple handy. Apart from the liquid teethers, my son loved a rubber giraffe that made squeaky noises when he chewed on it.
- An easier alternative instead of a teether, is a washcloth that can be stored in the fridge. When I misplaced the teether (yes, it can happen! ) I used this instead and my little one enjoyed chomping and chewing on the cold piece of cloth.
- Massaging the gums gently before sleep worked wonders. It was the easiest remedy during the night and actually helped him wake less often. Ensure that your fingers are always clean. You can keep a bottle of water and bowl by your bed to rinse your fingers before and after.
- As my son grew older, solids like cold yogurt and finger foods like bread sticks or carrots were helpful and provided some relief. It's important to always supervise any finger foods that you offer your child as some foods can cause choking.
- Remember to always consult your doctor before you offer any pain medication and in case you're unsure of any symptoms that your child might have during teething.