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When Your Baby Teethes

A Mom's Guide to Helping Your Baby and Keeping Your Sanity During this Challenging Time

 Teething babies are a tough crowd to please.  They want to chew everything in sight, are irritable and sleep poorly at night.  On average, babies get their first teeth at approximately 7 months, but can get teeth sooner or much later.  For example, my son got his first two teeth at 4 months old and is almost done teething at 10 months old; however, I have a friend whose daughter is 12 months and just got her first tooth. 

Teething is a new and very painful sensation for your little one.  They suddenly turn into a shell of their pleasant former self an take on a cranky new persona whenever they get a tooth.  You can expect to be a bit sleep deprived when your baby teethes, because sleep is often interrupted by painful cries that need comforting.  Below, I have listed some natural and unnatural remedies to help you and your baby get through these tough times. 

  1. Frozen/Cold Teething Rings:  This is the most common tool used to help a teething baby.  The cold sensation feels good on their gums and gives them some short term relief.
  2. Frozen or cold wash cloth:  This has the same effect as the frozen teether; however, it lasts much longer, therefore, providing a more long term relief.
  3. Mesh teether with frozen grapes:  I swear by this method.  Whenever my son shows signs of getting a new tooth I break out the mesh feeder and fill it with frozen grapes.  It tastes delicious, gives him something to chew on and helps to break the tooth or teeth through the gums.  Other things you can put in the feeder are apples, ice chips and bananas. 
  4. Teething Biscuits:  These biscuits are safe, as they melt in your baby's mouth.  Your baby is sure to enjoy the biscuits since they taste good.  They also help to break the teeth through the gums, making them super useful.
  5. Hyland's Teething Tabs:  The jury is out on this one, but I know people who use these religiously.  They are a natural medication that is supposed to soothe teething pain, making it more tolerable for your baby.
  6. Tylenol/Motrin:  I do not recommend using these all day long, but giving your baby a dose before bedtime can help you both get the good night's sleep you both want and deserve.  Why should your baby be uncomfortable and lose sleep if you can help them?  If you choose to give your child Tylenol or Motrin, be sure to give them the proper dosage and read all warning labels carefully.
  7. Orajel:  Although my pediatrician has recently told me that she is warning parents not to give too much Orajel, it was determined that it is safe before bed time.  Orajel is easy to use and it numbs their gums.  You just have to know where your baby is getting a tooth or teeth, so that you place it properly.  It can be used in conjunction with Tylenol and Motrin for the most efficient and long lasting results at night time.

If your baby is teething ,remember to stay patient because it is a tough time for him or her too. 

As always, please consult with your baby's pediatrician before using any medications, natural or not.  Do you have any suggestions that I do not have listed?