I’ve spent dozens of hours researching how to ease teething pains when I gave birth to my first child. As a mother, I understand completely how much it hurts to see your baby in pain and feel helpless to do something. From popsicles to meds, we’ve tried all treatments available and these are the ones that helped the most:
How to Ease Teething Pains for Your Baby: 4 Natural Tools That Help
Cool teething rings.
There is a great variety of teething rings available today. But from my experience the ones that can be cooled work best. They provide the soothing effect of cold and help your baby relieve some pain by putting pressure on the gums. Be careful to follow the instruction on the ring as cooling it too much might damage the material and make it too hard or brittle. This, in turn, can cause damage to your baby’s already painful gums.
The best snack for a teething baby is a frozen piece of banana. It acts like a teething ring, but your child is sure to enjoy the fruit much more than a piece of silicone.
Rosehip or chamomile tea.
Rosehip and chamomile both have potent anti-inflammatory properties. Use them to prepare herbal tea and soak a washcloth in it. You can put a bowl with tea and washcloth in the fridge to cool. Then, wring the washcloth out and let the little one chew on it. You can also give them diluted tea to drink, but it’s a matter of personal preference. For example, my kids hated the taste. And I don’t advise going heavy on herbs for an infant.
A soft cloth doesn’t really soothe teething pain, but it’s essential to have one on hand at all times to wipe the drool. A teething baby is a drooling baby and all that saliva causes rashes, which add another source of pain.
Final Thoughts on How to Ease Teething Pains for an Infant
I haven’t listed giving your child meds here although it’s an acceptable method according to experts. However, I try to avoid using pharmaceuticals if there is a way to avoid this. Remember that patience is one of the essential parenting skills. Teething gives you a perfect opportunity to develop it by tending to your child using natural soothers.
But if your baby starts running a high fever or exhibits any other worrying symptoms, be sure to contact a doctor. You should also do this if your child has a delay in teething. That shouldn’t be a problem, but it’s best to double-check.