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    How to comfort a teething baby

    How to comfort a teething baby

    Teething is such a distressing time for you and your baby, you want to help them you don't know what level of pain they are in but as adults we know that pain in the mouth relating to teeth can make us feel quite unwell.

    Comforting a teething baby can help alleviate their discomfort and provide them with some relief. Here are some strategies you can try to help comfort your teething baby:

    1. Gentle Gum Massage: Use a clean finger or a soft, damp cloth to gently massage your baby's gums. The gentle pressure can help soothe their discomfort.

    2. Cold Objects: Cold can help numb the gums and reduce inflammation. Provide your baby with a chilled teething ring or a clean, damp washcloth or muslin square that has been placed in the refrigerator (not freezer) for a short time. Avoid freezing teething toys or using ice cubes, as they can be too harsh on the gums.

    3. Teething Toys: Offer your baby safe and age-appropriate teething toys to chew on. Look for ones made of non-toxic materials and designed specifically for teething babies. Silicone or rubber teething toys with different textures can provide different sensations and help alleviate their discomfort.

    4. Cold Food or Drinks: If your baby has started solid foods, you can offer them cold purees, such as chilled applesauce or yoghurt, to help soothe their gums. You can also give them a cold, damp Muslin to chew on. 

    Put a wet muslin cloth into a food bag and chill it in the refrigerator. When the cloth is chilled to a comfortable temperature, give it to your baby to chew on, while always watching them.

    5. Distraction: Engage your baby in playful activities or provide them with interactive toys to divert their attention from teething discomfort. Singing songs, reading books, or playing with age-appropriate toys can help distract them and provide some comfort.

    6. Comforting Cuddles: Sometimes, all a teething baby needs is extra love and attention. Offer comforting cuddles, hold them close, and provide soothing words to help them feel secure and reassured during this uncomfortable phase.

    7. Over-the-Counter Remedies: Consult with your pharmacist. Follow the recommended dosage and usage instructions carefully.  

    Paracetamol or ibuprofen can be given to relieve teething symptoms in babies over 3 months, give them age appropriate dose as per the instructions.

    There is mixed information out there if baby teething gel or teething crystals work but I have found that it seems to calm my little ones down so personally I use it. However taken from the NHS website "There's no evidence that homeopathic teething gels are effective. If you use a homeopathic gel, make sure it's licensed for use in the UK."

    Additionally, maintaining good oral hygiene by gently wiping your baby's gums with a clean, damp cloth even before teeth appear can help keep their mouth clean and reduce discomfort. 

     Remember, every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. It may take some trial and error to find the most effective strategies for comforting your teething baby.

    Good luck mama's remember this too shall pass and then you will be onto the next thing!

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