Helping baby cope while teething is a challenge for every parent. Should we reach for medication? Not so says the recent FDA warnings about benzocaine. In a society where people are medicated for everything, many parents are confused about what to do to make baby feel more comfortable without using medication.
Before treating your child, you should first determine if your baby IS teething. If you’re a first-time parent, you may not know that baby may be teething when they’re pulling at their ears, not sleeping well, drooling more than usual, you might see little white bumps under the gums, and putting things in their mouths more often.
Try one, or more, of these non-medical tips for helping baby cope while teething:
- Freeze washcloths – give baby a chilled washcloth to “chew on”.
- Teething rings or Sophie the Giraffe – let baby gnaw on these until they fall asleep.
- Amber Teething Necklaces – babies love to be cuddled, so when mamma is wearing these baby can chew and be snuggled.
- Frozen bananas and avocado, while messy, will provide baby with the relief that he needs. Be sure to only give baby solid food when they have 100% of your attention. Worried about the mess? Try putting small pieces into a food feeder.
- If you’re interested in a homeopathic remedy, the Hyland’s Teething Tablets are amazing.
How did you know that your little one was teething? What did you use for helping baby cope?
This is part of series of posts titled Motherhood Mondays where I’ll be sharing my parenting experiences, tips and advice. If there is a specific topic you would like to see in the coming weeks, please email me with Motherhood Mondays in the subject line.
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