Teething tips to tame the pain

Author: Jasmine Vanstone   Date Posted:31 July 2017 

Just when you think you’ve got your energy back and some semblance of a routine, your little bundle of joy starts teething.  Yep, get ready for endless drooling, diarrhoea, biting and lots of legitimate crying (both bub and parents, at times).

There is nothing worse than seeing your darling bub in pain, right?  So here are some parent tested and approved ways to help you all feel a bit better.

Frozen wash cloths

Put clean, wet wash cloths into the freezer, either separated with baking paper or in a plastic sandwich bag.  The frozen cloth will help your child will feel relief due to the cold and ability to chew away on the cloth.  If they refuse it, you can add a little apple juice or chamomile tea to the water when soaking for a more pleasant taste.

Put a sock on it

For older children who are already on solid food, freezing a sock or meshed bag containing mushed up food is a great way to help them “eat” and feel less pain at the same time.  For a quick remedy, fill a clean sock with ice chips!

A toothbrush

It may seem a little silly to give your child a toothbrush when they don’t have teeth yet, but many mums swear by this remedy.  Chewing on the toothbrush massages the gums and allows the child to feel relief.  Please ensure your child NEVER crawls, walks or runs with the toothbrush in their mouth as a quick tumble can cause serious injury to their throat!

Teething rings and dummies

Refrigerating (never freeze) teething rings and dummies is another great way to help calm those savage gums.  If you do put them into the freezer, ensure it is only for 5-10 minutes, so frozen bits don’t break off creating a choking hazard.

Over-the-counter pain relief

The fever and pain associated with teething are often eased by children’s pain relievers, such as Infant/Children’s Panadol or Nurofen.  Okay, and you might need an adult dose for yourself too.

Extra bibs and nappies

Along with the drooling and diarrhoea associated with teething comes chaffing of chests, chins and bums.  Make sure you keep those areas as clean and dry as possible, then apply the appropriate cream or ointment to keep those areas from cracking.  

Know the signals

If your child starts to pull their ears or rub their cheeks, this can be a sign of eventual teething.  But keep an eye on these as they may also be alerting you to a possible ear infection, which often has similar symptoms to teething pain.

Managing night time woes

You’ve made it through the day with the help of frozen clothes, teething rings and going through a months’ worth of nappies…. and then the sun sets, and teething pain seems to hit a new level.  Most teething veterans suggest giving your child pain relief meds and extra cuddle time

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