The newborn stage is hard. I don't need to tell you that! It does get easier but just as you start to settle into your new routine teething hits and everything is thrown up into the air again! All you want to do is help your little one relieve those sore gums and help them through this tough time.
No doubt you have heard all sorts of advice from all manner of places but what really works?
1. Teething Toys.
Something hard to bite down on can help relieve the pain. The pressure from biting on something hard can help counter pressure the tooth that is pressing up on the gum. Even better if the teething toys can be cooled in the fridge or freezer first. A cold, wet flannel could be used to bite down on. Always under supervision. We have a beautiful range of teething toys which can be found here.
2.Rubbing the gums.
You can rub your baby's gums with a clean finger.... do this at your own risk! You may get bitten! You have been warned! Some teething toys can massage the gums without the risk of having your fingers bitten! You could also use a baby toothbrush to help with this too. Just make sure your baby is properly supervised due to choking risks.
3. Using Food
Following the NHS advice about weaning you could use food as an effective teether. Cool cucumber or carrot or even a frozen banana. Only use under the careful watch of an adult due to choking hazards.
4. Teething Gels and powders
Some parents swear by gels and powders others say they don't see much difference. Teething toys can help get teething gels to the right area.
Now who doesn't want a cuddle when they feel poorly! Take time out and have a lovely cuddle. Plus it'll be a great excuse to put your feet up and have a rest for 10 minutes!
6. Pain relief medication
If things are really awful and not relieved by other methods you might want to try over the counter pain relief medication. Paracetamol (given in the correct dose and over the age of 3 months) can be a useful tool for relieving teething pain. Ask a pharmacist if any concerns about use or dose.
Other compications due to teething can include nappy rash and excessive dribbling. Trying to keep your babies chin dry can help prevent any rashes and sore skin. I aways found bandana bibs were the most useful with excessive dribbling. The solution for the nappy rash was always a fresh air! Set their bums free! Just be prepared for a few accidents. Laying on a changing mat on the floor with a large towel was my favourite way of setting the baby bums free! Simply fold over the towel for each wee and let their chubby little legs kick freely, this is also great for trapped wind!
Good Luck and God Speed! And try and remember this stage (like all the others) doesn't last that long. Although I know it doesn't feel like it when you are in the thick of it. Take help when it is offered and don't be afraid to ask for help either. It is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.