How Can I Help My Teething Baby?
By about age 6 months, you can expect a baby to start teething. However this can vary from one baby to another. The entire teething process can be a difficult one for both you and your baby. Your baby may experience discomfort and pain which can make her cranky and irritable. And it is definitely difficult to watch your baby undergo a difficult teething experience.
Do not worry though. There are many things you can do to make the entire teething process easy and less painful than it should be for your baby. But keep in mind that every baby is different. You may have to try different things until you find something that works for you and your baby.
Provide your baby with something to chomp or chew on safely like a teething toy. Chewing a teething toy helps relieve the pressure in the gums and somehow help ease your baby’s discomfort and alleviate some of the pain. It is not totally necessary to buy a teething toy. However it can be a lifesaver sometimes.
Do enough research about the teething toy you want to buy prior to making your purchase. There are different kinds of toys so you should be careful when buying one because buying the wrong kind of teething toy can do more harm than good.
Stay away from plastic toys for teething. Most of these toys contain harmful chemicals like BPA or bisphenol-A, phthalates and more. Conversely, choose among wood, silicone and cloth. If you want your baby to chew on something hard, buy a wooden teething toy. If you want her to chew on something soft, choose between silicone or cloth.
Some of these toys can be refrigerated (not frozen) which can help soothe your baby’s gums. Make sure to read the instructions from the teething toy’s manufacturer to know how long you can chill the teething toy for. Never freeze your teething toy because it can damage a baby’s gums.
Comforting a teething baby
There are many ways you can distract your baby from any pain and discomfort in her gums. Rub or massage your baby’s gums gently using a clean finger or a wet gauze. Likewise, you can submerge a clean washcloth in water, wring it then place it in the fridge. Once cool or chilled, fold it until it is smaller then give it to your baby to chew on. However, do not leave your baby unattended while she is chewing on the chilled washcloth because this can be a choking hazard.
Doing so helps ease your baby’s discomfort. If you do not have a teething toy, you can give your child a cold or chilled spoon instead. Keep in mind not to dip the spoon in any sugary substances to avoid cavities.
If your baby has already started eating solid foods, you can serve her with tasty snacks like frozen mashed bananas, applesauce or yogurt.
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