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If you’re frantically searching for teething remedies for babies that actually work, LOOK NO MORE!
Teething is a time of no fun for anyone. No fun for parents and definitely no fun for baby!
The good part is it should only last a couple of days before those teeth finally break through the gums, but those days sure do feel like the longest ones ever!
So if you need some tips, keep reading below for remedies that actually work AND remedies I personally used for my own son so he could get instant relief!
Disclaimer: I am not nor do I claim to be a licensed or medical professional. I am a mom sharing tips and advice based on my own experiences and opinions.
How do you know when a baby is teething?
One of the biggest questions I had ALL the time when my little guy was around the 3-month mark was how do you know when a baby is teething?
He started the fussing, excessive drool, eventually had a fever, but was there ACTUALLY specific things that meant he was teething?
Truth be told, there are indeed some signs you can use to figure out if your little one is going through a rough teething phase too!
Signs your baby is teething:
Drooling is one of the main signs of teething you may notice. The eruption of new teeth coming in stimulates the production of drool to come in. You might notice your little one’s onesies all of a sudden getting soaked in slobber. If that’s the case, keep a nice burp cloth handy or get a stylish little bib to absorb the extra drool in the meantime.
- Chin Rash or Redness
Unfortunately, the excessive drooling pooled around your baby’s sensitive skin can turn into a rash. The best way to prevent this is to be diligent about gently pat drying baby’s delicate skin with a soft washcloth.
- Chewing or biting
You might notice your little one actively chomping down on anything and everything they can get their hands on. That’s because the pressure of biting onto things can actually relieve some of their teething discomforts.
If you’re a breastfeeding mama, you might notice your little one clamping down during your nursing sessions(OUCH!). Be sure to gently tell them no, and redirect them to a teething toy if necessary or aim to bottle feed during this time if the nipple biting is getting too bad.
- Ear Pulling or Rubbing Face Frequently
This one can be tricky because it can also be seen when babies develop an ear infection. However, usually, you will notice this sign pop up when baby’s teeth begin to erupt through the gums.
It’s because there are many nerves in our face and unlike us, our babies can’t distinctly point to the isolated pain area.
- Irritability and Crying
My little guy was beyond irritable and cried SO much when he began teething. It was a rough time for us.
Babies can’t express if they’re in pain or even where they’re in pain, so often times it’s displayed through crying and increased fussiness. The best way to soothe their relief is to use the tips below.
- Disrupted Sleep Patterns
I actually have read some mixed opinions regarding teething and whether or not it can cause disrupted sleep patterns.
From my experience, we experienced difficulty going to sleep independently when teething began although before, my son was totally able to fall asleep on his own. With my pediatrician’s approval, we were able to give a small dose of Tylenol to help him through the pain. Whenever we did this, he’d go to sleep no issues.
After reviewing ALL those signs and symptoms above, I just want to point out that if you’re ever unsure of what to do for your baby or if you can’t seem to find relief for them, please call your pediatrician for advice.
Tips to soothe a fussy teething baby with these baby teething remedies
Teething sucks. There, I said it!
My poor son has the worst time teething and it seems like ever since he was 4 months old he’s been on the teething train every few weeks.
I can’t even remember how many baby teething remedies we’ve tried.
But I can remember which ones worked and which ones didn’t!
For reference, your baby will likely get their bottom central incisors somewhere between 4 – 10 months old. Next up in the top central incisors which normally begin to erupt around 8 – 10 months.
If your baby hasn’t gotten any teeth in yet, don’t worry. Sometimes they just take some time to erupt.
However, on the contrary, some babies begin teething very early. For more information on when you can expect your baby’s teeth to come in, check out this Baby Teeth Chart Post over at Mama Natural.
If you’re one of the lucky mama’s with a baby who could care less about their teeth, I look up to you, LOL!
But if you’re like me, where your little one cries and feels horrible for days on end, I’ve got some fantastic baby teething remedies for you that ACTUALLY WORK!
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Breastmilk Popsicles for your Teething Baby
I swear by this teething remedy for babies! My son LOVES breastmilk popsicles or any fruit popsicle when he’s teething. Cold = life-saving!
It is a night & day difference of crying and being in pain to laughing and chewing (yes chewing, not sucking lol) on a popsicle to soothe those gums!
The easiest way is to get these pacifier fruit holders – place whatever frozen breastmilk or fresh fruits inside, then throw it in the freezer for at least 2 hours before offering!
Cold washcloths baby teething remedy
If you have caught on to the trend here, my son seems to really benefit from cold or frozen items. But hey, it works!
For this, I just take 1-2 washcloths, soak in water then ring them out gently, place in a plastic bag or Tupperware, throw in the freezer for 20 mins and then offer to my son.
The cooling effect can really help to get rid of the throbbing warm pain they feel on their gums when they’re teething!
Massage baby’s gum with your finger or a washcloth
The application of pressure on their gums, while they’re teething, seems to alleviate some of the pain. My son always grabs my hand and sticks my finger right up against his little gums and will chew.
Unfortunately, he has plenty of teeth it’s starting to hurt, however, I have used a washcloth wrapped around my finger and he seemed to enjoy that just as much!
Wink Naturals Teething Gel (Belladonna & Benzocaine free!)
Now this gel isn’t long-acting which is my biggest issue with it. But it does seem to soothe his gums when applied and helps to comfort him so we can move on with our day.
I’d definitely recommend giving Wink Naturals Teething Gel it a try if you’re at a point where nothing else is working!
Offer a textured teether (cooled if preferred)
Another little trick is using a textured teether. We prefer them to be cooled in the fridge or freezer for a bit before offering, but the key is the texture.
Some teethers are just small circles, flat and have no texture to them, but the texture on the teether is what baby will gnaw on and rub onto different areas on their gums for relief! The teethers below are our favorites!
Use Baby Tylenol, especially to soothe a teething baby at night.
Baby Tylenol should ONLY be used if approved by your doctor as dosing is determined on your baby’s weight and age.
I can’t say that it actually helps with long term teething issues, however, it definitely seems to take the edge off whenever we do use it.
Typically I like using this right before my son’s bedtime because it’s the perfect time to help him relax so that he can get a good night’s sleep to hopefully wake up pain-free the next morning.
Take a soothing warm bath!
If your little one hates the bath, this may not work. However, most babies can be instantly soothed by a nice warm bath!
It can be very relaxing for them and when they’re in pain or stress from teething – this can be a very useful method for helping calm them down!
There you have a full list of TEETHING REMEDIES FOR BABIES THAT ACTUALLY WORK!
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