When a baby is teething it can be an extremely distressing time for both baby and parents. Help is however at hand and there are many techniques and remedies available designed for alleviating teething pain.
Here are our top eight great natural teething remedies.
1. A cold flannel
Giving a baby a damp, cold flannel to gnaw on can give him some instant relief to teething pain.
2. Teething toys
Teething toys have been specifically designed to bring relief to teething babies. Teething rattles seem to be particularly effective, and toys that you can put in the fridge or freezer to give babies that extra relief to their tender gums.
3. Cold Fruit
Chilled fruit such as mashed banana, apple or pears can bring relief to a baby’s sore gums, as well as being a healthy snack for your little one.
4. A chilled spoon
Put a spoon in the fridge and give it time to chill, and then let your baby chew the rounded end. The cold spoon may give baby some much needed relief to his discomfort.
Breastfeeding your baby can be a great way to take your baby’s mind of any discomfort in his gums, just make sure that if he has already cut some teeth, he doesn’t use your nipple as a teether.
6. Gum massage
This simple yet often effective teething remedy involves gently massaging your baby’s gums with your finger. Always make sure that you wash your hands before you put your fingers in your little one’s mouth.
7. Vibrating teether
Vibrating teethers can give baby that extra bit of relief over conventional teethers. Teethers that vibrate as baby chomps away can help stimulate the gums and consequently provide relief.
Whenever your little one is feeling grumpy and is being a bit winey, distraction can be a great way to lift their spirits and make them forget about why they were crying. If your baby is suffering due to teething pain, give her a bath, read her a story or take her for a walk, you will be surprised how easily her mind can be taken away off the pain.