Since my little man was about 3 or 4 months (oh gosh- the days and months are starting to mesh together!) he has been teething. Being a first time Mom, I thought teething was exactly what I was experiencing at the 3-4 month range. He was drooling and taking a liking to both his fingers and any other random toys/objects he could get into his mouth. Basically, my experience with teething was nothing outrageous or hard to deal with.
Fast forward to present time. My 6 month old now has two bottom teeth that have popped through. Yay for teeth! Boo for the pain my son went through :(.
For the week prior to his teeth popping through; he was irritable, gums were soar so he would bite on everything, couldn’t sleep well and didn’t have an appetite for solids.
So here’s what we did to get through our son’s dilemma:
(1) Continued to let him play with his all-time favorite toy: Sophie the Giraffe.
Why babies love Sophie: There’s a reason this cheerful giraffe is the most popular teething toy in the world. Babies love the texture of the natural, eco-friendly rubber it’s made from, and best of all, Sophie’s long legs offer relief that a teething ring cannot when those back teeth come in. Her gentle squeak provides extra stimulation and parents can rest assured they’re not exposing their babies to toxins like BPA or phthalates.
(2) We gave him hyland’s teething tablets when he got fussy.
Why babies love Hyland’s teething tablets: Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets provide a natural, homeopathic formula for symptoms of simple restlessness and wakeful irritability due to the cutting of teeth. It reduces pain, inflammation, fever, drooling and the discomfort of teething.
(3) We took a small washcloth and soaked it in cold water. Wrung it out and let him bite down on it. Other parents have been successful with teething rings, but for our baby, those teething rings didn’t work compared to the cold and wet washcloth.
After a few days of irritability, Harrison’s two bottom teeth finally came through!
Other tips I’ve heard about are:
(1) To apply Orajel directly onto the sore gums. This was my next option if the Hyland Teething Tablets didn’t work.
Why babies love Orajel: Baby Orajel® Naturals Teething Gel formula offers safe and effective relief with the soothing power of chamomile. Free of benzocaine, belladonna, dyes, and parabens, Baby Orajel® Naturals homeopathic gel helps your baby sleep more comfortably. It’s effective relief, pure and simple.
Chamomile is an aromatic herb that is known for its apple-like taste and odor. It has been used medicinally for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and to treat pain and discomfort.
(2) Rub the sore gums to help loosen the skin and allow for the teeth to break through. My Mother-in-Law said she would do this for her babies as this treatment applies pressure to the gums that relieves the pain.
(3) Amber Teething Necklaces: worn by the baby, the Baltic Amber’s properties are absorbed into the skin helping to relieve teething. Babies should NOT bite onto the necklace. This is another approach I’m willing to try if I find myself having troubles soothing his teething pains.
Why babies love Amber Teething Necklaces: In order for your baby to absorb the succinic acid contained within natural Baltic amber, the beads should have direct contact with his skin. The compound is absorbed through skin contact, and circulates through the body to provide a safe alternative to commercially available numbing gels. The highest content of the acid is found in the amber cortex–the external layer of the stone. For that reason, raw amber that has NOT been highly polished is recommended to achieve the highest benefit. Full skin contact provides the most effective level of succinic acid to combat teething symptoms. The necklace should be short enough that the beads don’t fall over the collar of a shirt, but remains next to the skin.
What did my other Momma’s and Poppa’s use to help with their infant’s teething?