Once babies are around 6 months old, their teeth will begin to grow for the first time ever. Though this may be an exciting time for all involved, you will end up with a cranky, moody, and easily upset baby. This will cause you lots of stress, sleepless nights and everything else in between.
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It’s important to be very patient during this time, and try to comfort your baby as much as possible. Teething remedies are always recommended for this situation. Though some of them may not be scientifically proven to work, these natural teething remedies are basically harmless for your baby.
Baby Teething Symptoms
Noticing when your child begins the teething process is important. You don’t want to mistake its symptoms for something else. When a baby starts their teething process, they are likely to show the below signs:
- Red, hot cheeks
- Increased desire to chew on objects
- Drooling more than usual
- Difficulty falling asleep
Natural Teething Remedies to Try
Here are natural remedies you can try when your baby is teething.
1. Let your baby chew on your finger
This is one of the oldest and most convenient natural remedies when trying to ease your baby’s discomfort during teething. For your baby to push their teeth through their gums, applying pressure through biting a soft surface like your finger, can help to relieve their pain as well as push out their teeth. It won’t be painful for you, and it may even be good bonding time between parent and child.
2. Frozen vegetables
Apart from your finger, give your child something cold to bite on. The low temperature will help to ease the pain in their teeth. Most parents like to throw an object in the freezer before giving it to their child to bite on. Usually, frozen fruits or vegetables should do the trick. Just so long as they don’t have allergic reactions to them and that they don’t pose a choking hazard.
3. Frozen fruit in a mesh feeder
Frozen fruit is great because of the above point. And a mesh feeder is one of the best apparatus to use for teething babies. Not only does this help them to bite down and push their teeth, but they also get the nutritional benefits of the fruit. Banana is one of the best-frozen fruits to put into a mesh feeder as it can lessen the effects and chances of diarrhea, which is a common symptom of teething.
4. Amber Teething Necklace
Amber teething necklaces have been growing in popularity over the past few years, but there are controversies about this necklace. It is said that amber jewelry release oils that can relieve pain in the body and bring calmness to your baby. It can worm on the wrist or around the neck. Some parents say it is not effective, but others find that it helps.
It is because this necklace contains of small parts that are considered unsafe for children under age three. This necklace also poses a choking hazard because of its tiny amber beads. It also poses strangulation hazards. Just be mindful if you want to use this as a teething remedy for your baby.
5. Massage your babies face
Gently using your figures to massage your babies face, focusing around their gum area might help to relieve pain and tension in their teeth area. It can also ease or prevent headaches, earaches and other symptoms that are caused by teething. Doing this consistently and in short periods at a time may prove useful in calming them and helping put them to sleep.
Chamomile helps ease pain, and it’s no different with teething. Instead of freezing a wet cloth of water, replace the water with chamomile. Many parents say that it helps the child to relax even more and reduces pain faster and more effectively than water does. It is also believed that if a mother drinks more chamomile tea, the pain relief benefits can be passed on to the baby during breastfeeding.
Teething, along with the symptoms that go with it, in most cases are harmless to your babies health and should not cause you any significant concerns. But If you are not sure how to handle teething, or how to approach or react to your babies symptoms, speak with your child’s doctor.
If you notice symptoms are severe and uncontrollable such as excessive crying or a drastic increase in body temperature, talk with your child’s doctor. It could be a sign of another health condition.
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