Top 10 Time Tested Teething Tips To Temper a Tantruming Teether
How do I know my baby is teething?
Increased drooling, chewing on hands or hard objects (crib rail, toys), swollen or red gums, increased crying, and poor sleep all point to teething. Babies are often quite fussy when teething and appetite may be diminished, but inconsolable crying or refusal to eat or drink should be discussed with the baby’s doctor. Never attribute a temperature over 100.4º F to teething. Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or ear pain points to illness—not teething—and may require a quick call to the doctor.
Cold or rubber teething rings. Look for BPA free and have several on hand as they only stay cold for 15 to 20 minutes. If frozen, let it thaw to avoid damaging gums or emerging teeth (I used Green Sprout’s Ring Cool Soothing Teether with my own son).
Massage gums over erupting teeth with gentle circular motion and mild pressure (you can use a rubber baby finger tooth brush as well). Advance pressure as tolerated.
Firm, organic stuffed toys (fist-sized) placed into a bag and “frozen” for an hour (I used Under the Nile’s Organic Fruit and Veggie toys with my own son). Remove from bag before giving to baby.
Frozen bagel or waffle This requires supervision, as soon as it gets soggy take away from the baby to avoid a choking hazard.
Frozen veggies like peas or corn. This requires supervision, I recommend transferring the veggies to a teething mesh bag/feeder, not using the plastic bag they came in
Extra attention holding, hugging and kissing can soothe and distract.
Warm bath to calm and relax.
Cold juice, breast milk or formula in a bottle. Both the cold juice and chewing on the nipple helps to soothe baby. Chill the bottle in the freezer or use a few ice chips (Note: some babies find sucking uncomfortable while teething).