Teething – probably one of the most dreaded words for a parent. Some babies seem to handle teething pretty well…but some don’t. And my daughter is one of those who don’t. The pediatrician told us she’s been teething from about the time she was 4 months old, but a tooth finally broke through when she was almost 11 months! So pretty much anytime a child is grumpy, but isn’t sick and doesn’t have an ear infection – they’re teething. I guess it just gives us peace of mind that they aren’t being grumpy for no reason at all. And we can blame it on the teething.
Since that first tooth broke through a little over a month ago, she now has her fourth tooth on the brink of breaking through, so it’s been a rough road for us. There are lots of ways said to help ease the teething pain. So I wanted to share with you what has worked for us and also things I’ve heard if you want give them a try. I would also love to hear any good tips that have worked for your teething baby!
1. Tylenol/Ibuprofen – This has been the only consistent thing that has helped us so far. I know some people are anti-medication and I just like to give it in moderation. So we give it to her at night to help keep her asleep, but during the day I assess how grumpy she is and if she really needs it. I asked my pediatrician at the Bammer’s 12 month appointment how long I can give her Ibuprofen – the box says no more than 10 days. He said I can give it to her every 6-8 hours every day until she’s 16 and it isn’t going to hurt her. Phew! It’s a little expensive and you have to buy it often, but it works and I’m glad it won’t hurt her. And always make sure you give them the right dosage for their weight and age.
2. Hyland Tablets – I was a little hesitant about these because they were pulled off the market a while ago and are now back on. Looking at the website, it looks like they are better than ever so I thought I would give them a try. My mother swears by them, but they don’t work at all for my baby. So I guess it depends on the child.
3. Orajel – It’s a good thought, but this doesn’t work for my baby either. I know it works for others though. When my daughter’s gums are hurting she doesn’t want me near her mouth! So getting the Orajel on is hard enough and she likes the taste of it so I think she just licks it all off. So maybe that’s why it doesn’t work for us…
4. Wet Washcloth to Chew On – I’ve heard give it to them cold (numbing the mouth) and give it to them warm (softening the gums to make it easier for the teeth to come through), so maybe whichever helps your child the most. I mix it up because my daughter likes both. But it only lasts for a few minutes and then she’s bored of it.
5. Popsicle – My pediatrician suggested poking some holes in the top of an otter pop and have my baby chew on it. She didn’t like chewing through the plastic, so I just opened it and gave it to her little at a time. She loved it! But after about 10 minutes the numbness went away. I also give her frozen Gogurts at lunch time which seem to help too. Just be aware that these can get messy!
6. Mesh Pacifiers – I haven’t tried this, but I hear they work. You can put cold food in the mesh and the child just chews on it. And since it’s attached to the pacifier it isn’t as messy. I just give my daughter her regular pacifier and she likes to chew on it.
7. Teething Rings/Toys – My baby loves to chew on things – especially rubber things – but I can’t get her to chew on a teething ring! For some reason it doesn’t appeal to her like the Wii remote covers, the cover of my cell phone, or her books. Maybe this works for the younger babies, but my daughter won’t chew on what’s meant to be chewed on. You can also stick most teething rings in the fridge so they’re cold.
Well that’s everything I’ve heard of and/or tried. Hopefully some of those will work for your baby. Man, teething is not fun! I’ll be glad once this 4th tooth comes through. My pediatrician said the rest shouldn’t be as bad as these first 4, so here’s hoping!