Simple Teething Comforts That Work

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Simple Teething Comforts That Work

tís a natural part of life and we all have to go through it, but teething isnít something toddlers deal with very well and every parent braces themselves for when ďitís timeĒ. It can be quite painful with some suffering more than others, their young gums havenít had a chance to toughen up yet and the sensation of cutting teeth is new to them.
Here are a few home remedies to help ease the pain and the result may be both you and your child get some well-needed rest .
Keep in mind that there are commercial items you can buy such as topical gels, teething tablets and baby Tylenol that can help numb the pain, but consult your doctor or pharmacist first for recommendations and ask for what risks (if any) they may pose.
First, how to tell if teething is the problemÖ
  • Cranky and irritable
  • Gums are red and swollen (especially where tooth is coming through)
  • Fever
  • Chewing on fingers and toys
  • More drool than usual
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Redness or rash on cheeks or chin
  • Congestion
  • Sore ears
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loose stool or mild diarrhea
Remedies To Soothe Pain

  • Wash your hands well then rub your finger along the childís gums, massage them slowly but firmly.
  • Soak a clean washcloth in water and freeze then let your child chew on it. The cold helps numb painful gums. If that doesnít work, try soaking a cloth in chamomile tea and then freeze.
  • A common recommendation is to give the baby a frozen piece of food such as a waffle, bagel, carrot stick or popsicle but these can be a choking hazard if pieces arenít large enough or chunks break off, do so only with close supervision.
  • Freeze teething toys and have them at the ready for when trouble starts making an appearance.
  • Help your child sip on cold water or juice, the coolness will help soothe the gums.
  • Chilled metal spoons can offer relief when the toddler chews on them, but only give this to a child while theyíre closely supervised, sitting and buckled in (high chair or car seat). A tipsy toddler can fall forward or trip shoving the spoon deep into the mouth and cause serious injury.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 drop of clove oil then massage onto gums. Clove oil is a natural analgesic but itís too strong for young children if used full strength (will burn their gums), make sure to dilute in olive oil first.
Notice a trend in this list? Chilled items work well for soothing sore gums. Even feeding your child spoonfuls of chilled yogurt or pudding can help. Keep a tub of washcloths and rubber rings in the freezer so youíll always have one ready during troublesome moments.
What about brandy? Rubbing brandy or other alcohol along the gums is an old wives remedy used for many decades but it is now recognized as unsafe to use on young children and no longer advised or recommended.
If your child is suffering for long periods of time and the above remedies donít help, consult your doctor for a commercial product as advised above. If you have a tried-and-true that isnít mentioned here, please share in the comments below (a desperate mom or dad will surely be grateful for the tips).

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