Tuesday 1 March 2016

Things to help a teething baby

So this morning has been a nightmare. Early start and screaming from the beginning.
Lily's second tooth is on its way through and it's coming with a vengeance!

Anyone who has had teething babies will understand the stress and upset teething can have on both mummy and baby.
We're currently crying in the highchair because the teether doesn't want to stay in her hands, the teething granules are wearing off and the paracetamol hasn't kicked in yet.

There are plenty of things you can do to try and ease the pain for your baby.

Distraction is a brilliant technique but may only last so long.
Playing with toys or making them laugh and comforting them should take their mind off the pain temporarily. I've found this is a good start.

Rubbing my finger across her swollen gums also helps. By applying pressure it seems to help quite a bit but yet again, there's only so long you can do it before baby gets bored of your finger in their mouth and screams again.

Teething rings are another good thing to have about. They're made nice and soft for baby to chew on and sometimes that's just the thing they need.

Infant paracetamol helps a lot but does take time to start working and the 20 minutes it roughly takes to kick in can feel like 2 hours!

That's where herbal powders or teething gels come in. They're a quick fix which should tide you over the 20 minutes until the paracetamol works.

If you're not a big fan of medicinal treatments, offering frozen or cooled food or drink may be the other alternative. Breast milk Popsicles are an amazing invention but do need pre planning.

After tiring out all these options, my final piece of advice would be to just persist and keep trying.
Teething only lasts a year or so. Don't forget to cherish all baby years as they're soon over and gone.

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