This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeethingTruths #CollectiveBias
Peanut is our fourth baby (four, that still sounds crazy to say!) and I finally feel like I “get” this parenting thing. Sort of. I get it if you ask me at three in the afternoon on a Saturday when everything is calm and everyone is well. In the middle of the night, when the baby is sick and my Husband is on the road, I have no idea what I am doing and I panic like every other mother out there. But, let’s pretend that it’s one of those relaxing days, and Peanut didn’t just pour a box of cheerios all over the floor, and hasn’t been fussy all morning because of his newest pearly whites.
Those teeth. Sigh. Teething ain’t no joke! What do you do when they are making your baby miserable?
How to Soothe a Teething Baby
Give Them Something to Chew On
Plastic teethers are a lifesaver. I prefer the ones that have a bit of a nubby texture, and double as toys for when Baby is done feeling so miserable. There are tons of rattles and other chewers out there that will help. Recently, I came across one that is shaped a bit like a pacifier, which makes it much easier for Peanut to keep in his mouth as he is on the go.
Cool It Down
If basic teethers aren’t doing the trick, try something cold. Peanut isn’t a fan of the plastic teethers you freeze, but he does really well with the little mesh bag teethers that you find in the baby food section. I fill these with frozen fruit (melon and berries mostly) which he then will happily chomp on until they are gone. The teethers allow the juices to seep out of the mesh, without becoming a choking hazard. Since it tastes so good, he is happy to chew through the cold.
Help It Break Through
All this chewing will help the tooth break through the gum. Another good option is dampening your child’s lovey (if they have one of the little washcloth sized ones) and sticking it in the freezer. Once it is nice and stiff and cold, you can let them chew on the fabric. A washcloth also works well, and the rough texture helps those teeth break through even faster.
Watch for Fevers
Most of the time, I can manage Peanut’s teething pain without needing to use medication, but sometimes, they need the extra relief. Watch your baby for fevers and excessive pain, and if needed, give them a dose of Infants Advil. It’s important to follow the warnings and dosing instructions on the package, but more often than not, you’ll need to make a call to your child’s doctor. We spent some time earlier this month in the ER with the baby and a high fever, and the pediatrician on call told us that most parents do not give the correct dosage because they don’t realize you need to dose based on the babies weight. Make sure you follow those instructions and call the doctor before giving medication! Infant Advil can be used for babies 6 months- 23 months (but ask the doctor first!) and will give them relief for 8 hours.
Keep The Cuddles Coming
The most effective treatment for teething in my house is simply realizing that for this day or two, the baby is going to need to be held and cuddled more than normal. If there is ever a time to ask for help, when you baby is colicky, and when your baby is teething is the time. Cuddle as much as you can, kick up your feet on the couch with some Netflix and an assortment of teethers, and call for help if your baby is excessively fussy and you need a break.
Whatever you do, hang in there. Teething is over as quick as it comes!
What advice do you have for Moms with teething babies?
Ready to try out Infants’ Advil for your little one? Save $1.50 with this coupon today at Walgreens!