Most babies start teething as early as four months old. They will experience a lot of pain, discomfort, and soreness as their first teeth cut through the gums. This can be uncomfortable for your son or daughter, and make you feel upset for them too. When this happens, your baby needs extra care to give them relief from the teething pains.
A teething baby’s two bottom front teeth might be the first pair to grow, followed by the front teeth at the top. Your toddler could experience a slight increase in temperature and excessive drooling aside from pain and discomfort. Fortunately, many teething remedies will make your life much easier.
Here are some tried and tested teething remedies for your growing toddler:
- Massage your baby’s gums very gently, using your fingers covered with a wet face washer, to keep things clean.
- Use a cold, though not frozen, washcloth or spoon and hold it to your baby’s gums to soothe any soreness.
- Over-the-counter pain relief medications such as ibuprofen or Panadol should only be used with medical advice. Use these sparingly and only when the pain starts to become unbearable for your child.
- Teething toys are the go-to teething remedy for most parents. Toys made out of silicone are the best choice. They are free of BPA, approved by the FDA, and do not contain any toxic substances that might harm your baby. Silicone is known for being easy to chew on without being too slippery. Another material you might want to consider if you opt for a more natural approach is cotton or soft wood.
Make sure to buy your silicone or cotton teething toys from a trusted source. Consider the store’s customer reviews, materials used, and if they have first-hand experience in parenting.