Baby teething is one of the milestones parents look forward to when their infant’s first teeth come out through the gums. Babies begin teething around 4 to 8 months of age and have 20 teeth at the age of 3. Teething is a tough period for both the parents and the babies because they become cranky and irritated. With little knowledge and some try-at-home baby teething remedies, you can manage the frustrations.

Symptoms of Baby Teething

Symptoms of baby teething

The baby teething remedies and symptoms vary from one baby to another. Here are a few major signs to note:

  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Fussy and crying baby
  • A slight increase in temperature( less than 100 F)
  • Severe cough
  • Change in eating and sleeping habits
  • Gnawing and wanting hard things to chew
  • Drooling and rashes on the face
  • Continuously bringing hands to their mouth 

Apart from these symptoms, they might also feel difficulty in breathing, muscle weakness, constipation, trouble with urine, and agitation. If you observe any of these signs, contact your pediatrician immediately. Teething can be very painful for them, but it does harm them. But if your baby has diarrhea, vomiting, rashes all over their body, and congestion you have to consult a doctor because these are not normal signs of teething. 

Simple Baby Teething Remedies

Teething is painful but the good news is that it can be managed even without medications. But it is always better to try natural remedies when it comes to babies and here are a few of them you may try: 

1. Cold Items

Anything cold will help to numb the pain for the teething babies. You can place a wet-washed cloth in the freezer for up to 15 to 30 minutes first and then let your baby gnaw on it.

2. Chewing Toys 

Chewing Toys 

You can give your baby a toy that is made up of silicon or latex instead of plastic so that it may not contain harmful chemicals. 

3. Gentle Massage 

Gently massage your babies’ gums for instant relief. You can try massaging or rubbing in a circular motion for better results. 

4. Your Finger  

This works best!! Wash your hands first, and then offer your fingers to your babies to knuckle and chew on it. 

5. Breast Milk 

 

Breastfeeding

For some breastfeeding babies, nursing helps soothe the teething process and they will nurse longer. For some babies, sucking may feel a little bit painful for their gums.  

6. Frozen Food 

You can freeze some fruits like apples, and carrots and put them into a safe mesh feeder and give them, this will help your baby with pain relief and give them a tasty treat. 

Teething Remedies to Avoid

Of course, you all want to make your baby feel better, right!! But some products harm the baby’s health. Better avoid the remedies that harm your baby’s health. Here are some of the remedies that you should not try!!

1. Biscuits and Foods

The foods that you are giving to your baby should totally depend on your baby’s age and experience with solids, and fluids. Babies under 9 months old may not be able and know how to eat certain foods because they can present a choking hazard. And a lot of biscuits and cookies won’t offer you the nutrition that your baby needs. 

Bananas and applesauce are the best food for your baby when they are teething. These two are the best choices to give your baby in terms of nutrition and they can soothe your baby’s irritated gums too. 

2. Medications

As per the American Dental Council Administration, pain relievers that contain benzocaine are strictly prohibited for babies under one year of age. Know when to visit the dentist before trying natural remedies at home. 

How to Care for Baby’s New Teeth 

Teething Chart

Good oral hygiene is very important, even before your baby’s teeth start to grow.  

  • Until the teeth come out, clean your baby’s gums with a wet washcloth or even with a piece of gauze at least once a day. 
  • Once the teeth come out, clean your baby’s mouth safely the same way at least twice a day. Do this process after feeding your baby. 
  • After one year, you can start using a soft-bristled baby toothbrush with water and a small amount of baby toothpaste that doesn’t have fluoride. 
  • You have to consult a pediatric dentist when your baby’s first tooth appears. 

I hope this blog helps you and your baby manage teething pain. Follow the above baby teething remedies regularly for better results.