Tips for Soothing Your Teething Child

Teething.

Not fun for little ones, not fun for parents and unfortunately, just can’t be avoided!

My daughter is just about two, and her canine teeth are currently coming through – they are definitely the worst so far! Her gums are swollen, she gets the occasional diaper rash and she is very whiney lately. I really try my best to remember that what she’s going through is very painful, and do what I can to make it more tolerable for her.

We have tried a variety of things to help soothe the pain, from the time she first started teething at four months old.

  • Gel Teething Toys – in our house, I referred to these as ‘chewies’. These toys are placed in the fridge to help provide babies with some relief during teething. I found that these were more appealing to my daughter when she was less than a year old. 

  • Sophie the Giraffe – although slightly more expensive, Sophie is a great teether toy!  The soft material is easy on your baby’s gums, and is shaped in a way that can be effortlessly gripped by little hands. You can find Kathy’s review on Sophie the Giraffe here.

  • Cold/Frozen items – this can include cold stalks of carrots or celery, a clean washcloth that has been soaked in water then placed in the freezer, popcicles or freezies for toddlers (freezies are my daughters favorite!), an ice cube in a mesh feeder or even a pacifier that has had the bulb filled with water and frozen– the possibilities here are endless! Check out Mary Ellen’s review on mesh feeders. 

  • Teething tabs/gel/liquid – there are a few different ones to choose from – Hylands Teething Tabs, Orajel Baby, etc. The one that I found most effective is Camilia Teething medicine. The individual doses are easy to administer and can be tossed into a diaper bag when you’re on the go. With no benzocaine or preservatives, I feel good giving this to my daughter and knowing that it’s effective for her.

  • Nursing – for those mothers who are breastfeeding, this may be a great way to help calm and soothe your baby during those rough teething times. Although for some babies, the suction may be painful, others may want to nurse for the comfort.
  • Zoli Teething Sticks – we haven’t personally tried these, but I have heard quite a few moms talk about them. These are great especially for those awful molars, way in the back of your wee one’s mouth. The textured material gently massages the gum and teeth, while the anti-choke shield keeps your child safe.
  • Acetaminophen/ibuprofen – I personally try and stay away from giving this to my daughter unless I know that she is in a lot of pain and is uncomfortable. Generally, I would give her Tylenol before bed to help her sleep better and it definitely helps. Make sure that you check the dosage amounts for various pain relievers as they will differ by the age and weight of your child.

Like many other things that your child will go though, this too shall pass! By trying a variety of tricks, you’ll quickly find out what works and what does not when it comes to keeping your little one comfortable during teething.

Want to know what worked for our mama’s when their babies were teething? Check it out here.

What are your favorite ways to soothe your little one while they’re teething? Share below!

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