Teething is a milestone in your baby's life, but it may seem like a never-ending time in your life with the lack of sleep and crying episodes (from both your infant and you). Helping your child deal with the pain is something that is going to be a learning process. Something that works with one infant may not work with another. There are a number of things you can try to soothe your infant and help deal with the pain, so you both you and your infant can get some rest.
Orajel Or Teething Tablets
You can try to use either Orajel or use teething tablets to help soothe the pain. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and check with your pediatrician first before using either of these products. They can help soothe your baby, but usually only last a short time.
If your baby is losing sleep or running a fever from teething you can try to use some Tylenol to alleviate the pain. Again, this is something you should talk to your pediatrician first about using before giving your baby any type of medication. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and your pediatrician's advice when administering this medication.
A cool washcloth or even a washcloth that is frozen can be given to your infant to chew on. The rubbing of the fabric on your baby's gums will help alleviate the pain. You can also soak the washcloth with breast milk or formula and freeze it as well.
Pacifiers can be a big help during teething. You can use a regular pacifier, or a pacifier with an open bottom that you can add water to, then freeze. Give your baby the pacifier to chew on and rub their gums. Once the ice in the pacifier becomes loose, toss the ice away. Other pacifiers such as a pacifier with a small stuffed animal attached (such as a Wub-a-Nub) can also be helpful.
Freeze breastmilk or formula in a popsicle tray and give it to your infant for a nice frozen treat to both sooth gums and fill their tummies.
There are a number of teething toys you can give to your infant such as teething rings, frozen teethers, amber necklaces and many other options.
Look for multiple options for your teething infant, as one item may work one day and not the next. Have a number of different items on hand to help soothe your baby and get them through this milestone. Talk to a pediatrician, such as at Ada Pediatrics PA, about other helpful tips to get through the teething stage.