It's official our 5 month old little girl is teething. She is extremely irritable randomly throughout the day, and is waking up 3-4 times a night when usually she only wakes up once. It's been a long two weeks and I've felt like pulling my hair out on numerous occasions. I've been looking up remedies for teething. This is what I've found.:
Teething Tips for soothing sore gums:
1. Rub your baby's gums. Use a clean finger, moistened gauze pad or damp washcloth to massage your baby's gums. The pressure can ease your baby's discomfort.
2. Offer a teething ring. Try one made of firm rubber. The
liquid-filled variety might break under the pressure of your baby's
chewing. If a bottle seems to do the trick, fill it with water.
Prolonged contact with sugar from formula, milk or juice contributes to
3. Keep it cool. A cold washcloth or chilled
teething ring can be soothing on a baby's gums. Don't give your baby a
frozen teething ring, however. Contact with extreme cold can be harmful.
4. Try hard foods. If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer
something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or
carrot, frozen bagel, frozen banana. Keep a close eye on your baby,
however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
5. Dry the drool. Excessive drooling is part of the teething process.
To prevent skin irritation, keep a clean cloth handy to dry your baby's
6. Try an over-the-counter remedy. If your baby is
especially cranky, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil,
Motrin, others) might help. Avoid teething medications that contain the
pain reliever benzocaine. Benzocaine products have been associated with
methemoglobinemia — a rare but serious condition that reduces the amount
of oxygen in the blood.
7. I've also heard that Gripe Water can help with teething.
8. You might find success with the variety of available homeopathic
options. Melt away teething tablets, Camilia, Chamomilla, or Aconite
drops help reduce swelling and relieve irritability.
9. If you
want natural : There are countless, safe and effective home treatments
you can employ. For example, you can soothe those nerve endings by
rubbing a slice of peeled ginger root on your baby’s gums. Other natural
remedies include: ground cloves or allspice mixed with water to form
into a paste, clove oil, or natural vanilla or almond extracts applied
to gums with a cotton swab.
If anyone else has any tips or tricks that you've used, feel free to comment.Any suggestions are more than welcome :).
My husband knows I've been having a hard time, especially last night, so he sent me these :