Got a teething baby? You poor thing… the both of you. Though nothing you can do will completely remove your little one’s pain, there are some things you can do to make it a little more tolerable…
• Rub her gums. You can simply rub a clean finger over your baby’s sore gums, or use a damp washcloth to massage your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort and temporarily numb her pain.
• Give her a teething ring. Try one made of firm rubber and put it in the fridge (not freezer) for a bit. (Be careful with the liquid-filled variety as they might break under the pressure of your baby’s chewing.)
• Cool it down. Whether it’s a bottle of water, a cold washcloth, or a chilled teething ring, it’s the cold part of the equation that makes it soothing on a baby’s gums. (Cold reduces the pain and inflammation.) Don’t give your baby anything straight out of the freezer, however, as contact with extreme cold can be harmful.
• Dry the drool. Excessive drooling is just part of teething and there’s no way around it. It can, however, cause a slight rash on her chin or bottom lip. To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean dry cloth handy to dry your baby’s chin. Some people also recommend using a thin layer of Vaseline to protect the skin.
• Raid the drugstore. Other options include sugar-free teething gels, teething tablets, and age-appropriate pain relievers.
For a lot of babies, (and their parents) teething pain seems worse at night. The answer for this is pretty simple — babies have no distractions at night. During the day, your teething baby is distracted from the worst of her discomfort with her activities. At night, the lack of those distractions make her pain more noticeable and that’s bound to make her that much more cranky. Try to stick to her normal bedtime routine as much as possible, but remember that she’s not deliberately trying to sabotage your sleep. She’s just in pain and needs a little more TLC.
As do you. Hugs, mama.