It is that dreaded stage that no parent ever looks forward to. TEETHING!! The sleepless nights are back and so is that screaming baby. But, rest assured, here are some tips & tricks to help you through.
Other than the obvious teething rings or Orajel/Motrin/Tylenol combos, here are some other teething remedies:
Teething Necklaces – A lot of moms are quite skeptical with this option, but they do work. Necklaces that are made from amber resin contain succinic acid which is a natural painkiller that is released when warm skin touches the beads. Keep in mind that the lighter coloured amber beads have more succinic acid in them. If you are worried about having a necklace on your baby while they sleep you can also buy amber bracelets or anklets.
Chiropractic Adjustments - When you get an adjustment your cortisol levels decrease and your white blood cell count increases. This reduces stress and promotes healing for their sensitive gums.
Munchkin Fresh Food Feeders – These are amazing, they can get messy, but they are still amazing. You can put frozen food in them, or even ice cubes, and your little one can suck on them and you don’t have to worry about them choking. The best part is that they can go literally anywhere!
Celery & Carrots – I know that this one sounds a little odd, but celery is said to have an analgesic effect, meaning that it eases pain, and both veggies can be frozen which will increase their soothing abilities. Maybe even put some celery or carrots in your Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder!
Frozen/Cold Washcloths – This is the only thing that my mom could do to ease teething for my brother. He would even return the washcloth if it wasn’t cold enough. Frozen or cold fruit in at mesh feeder is also a great option!
Momsicles (aka Breastmilk Popsicles) – These are super easy to make and babies LOVE them. You can get popsicle molds from the dollar store or you could even freeze your breastmilk in an ice cube tray and put them in a Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder (I told you they were amazing).
A Relaxing Bath – Since your baby is drooling like mad and eating messy frozen food, a daily bath is most likely a necessity at this stage.
Go for a walk – Changing up the scenery can take your baby’s mind off of their aching mouth. The movement from the walk might just help baby fall asleep too.
Teething can be a tough time for you and for your baby, but with a little love and some patience you will make it through! Just remember that it doesn’t last forever. Pretty soon those pesky teeth will break free and you both will feel much better.