Your sweet baby has been nothing but wonderful: happy, amicable, relaxed, easy sleeper. Then about six months in, you’re whisked into a parallel universe where your seemingly good-natured angel becomes irritable, unsettled and unwilling to feed. Sound familiar?
No, your baby is not starting their transition into the Hulk, they’re actually probably suffering from teething pain. Some other symptoms may include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Difficulty feeding
- Flushed cheeks and face
- Heavy drooling
- Biting, sucking
- Ear rubbing
Most babies start teething around 6 months, but it can occur at any time from before they’re born (yep, that’s right!) to their first birthday. The pain is caused by the teeth pushing through the gums, making them sensitive and possibly unwilling to latch onto breast or bottle.
Don’t worry, this is not forever. It will carry on for about a year or more and they should have all of their milk teeth by the time they’re 2.5 years old. And keep in mind, the first teeth pushing through are likely to be more painful than ones down the line—so it will get better!
No mother wants to see their baby in pain and we know you want the best for them when it comes to teething solutions. So here’s an all-encompassing list with the best ways to treat teething pain. Check out these all natural remedies and tactics to ensure your baby’s utmost health and happiness.
Pressure: Use a clean pinky finger to gently rub baby’s gums. The pressure distracts the brain from the pain.
Chilled washcloth: Put a wet washcloth in a bag in the refrigerator. Once chilled, give it to baby to chew on. The fabric massages the gums while the cold numbs the pain. Try soaking it in chamomile tea to sooth baby and help them sleep.
Chilled fruit: If baby is more than 6 mo, give them chilled fruit to chew on (banana, strawberry, melon, strawberry). There are also mesh bags available for teething purposes. Want to get creative? Make fun fruit popsicles!
Herbal remedies: Use the following herbs as a tea for baby to drink or an oil to gently rub on baby’s gums with a cotton swab. These are all remedies to help relax, sooth and relieve pain.
- Almond or vanilla extract
Low inflammation diet: If baby is eating solids, avoid white foods like refined sugars/flour and potatoes. Focus on foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, pastured meats, healthy fats (avocado, coconut) and eggs.
Teether: When your baby starts teething, they’ll want to get their little hands and mouth on anything! Give them Sophie the giraffe as a fun and safe way to soothe their gums. There’s a lot of teethers out there, but babies and mothers seem to really love this little giraffe!
About Sophie the giraffe:
Handcrafted with care in Rumilly, France since 1961, there is something special about Sophie the giraffe. With her sweet face, easy to grasp neck, faint scent of vanilla and visually stimulating spots, your baby will fall in love with this little giraffe. And parents around the world love her too! Made with 100% natural rubber and food grade paints, you can rest assured that your little one is safe using this adorable teether. Visit Sophie’s website to shop the classic teether as well as over 70 Sophie related products, including various teethers, rattles, pacifiers, blankets, books, plush and more.