We all know that the teething phase can be a distressing time for your baby, but there are a few things you can try to help make the process and painless as possible (and hopefully save a few headaches!).
1. Comforting & distracting your teething baby
Often, all that your little one needs to spare them from the pain in their gums is a little comfort and distraction. Use teddies, toys or good old fashioned peek-a-boo to take your little one's mind off the pain just long enough for it to subside.
2. Teething gels
For babies over the age of 4-months, you can rub a sugar-free teething gel on their gums. These gels are available at any local pharmacy and can be a real life saver!
Teething gels often contain a mild local anaesthetic, which helps with any pain or discomfort by slightly numbing the local area. The gels may also contain antiseptic ingredients, which help to prevent infection in any sore or broken skin in your baby's mouth.
3. Teething rings
Teething rings can be used to ease pain and distract your baby from any discomfort they may be feeling by offering them something to chew on safely. Teething rings are a tried and tested tool in a mother's arsenal and are definitely worth a try!
Here at BabaBibs we're extremely excited to be introducing our own line of teething rings very very soon! Here's a sneak preview of one of our early designs!
4. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen for teething
If your little one is experiencing pain or has a mild temperature (less than 38°C), you may choose to give them a low dosage pain killer to help ease the pain.
The NHS recommends a sugar-free painkilling medicine intended specifically for babies. These medicines contain a small amount of paracetamol and ibuprofen and can really make the difference when facing the fight against teething pain!
Please remember to follow all instructions presented with a given medicine. Aspirin should not be given to any child under the age of 16.
Hopefully at least one of these tips can prove helpful to you during this challenging phase!