Teething, o how I dread it.
We are currently going though our first sets of molars with our one year old. Today I thought I would share along a few tips to you about “handling” teething and how to sooth your little ones. Some many work for you, some may not. My 4 year old and 3 year old differed as well.
Firstly, Its good to know when said teeth might arrive. Of course this is just a guide as some teeth later or sooner.
Chart of ages and when teeth are expected to break through.
Signs of Teething:
- Your little one wants or rather NEEDS to chew or gum everything.
- The niggle has set in. General grumpy and just plain not happy babies.
- There is drool, lots and lots and lots of drool.
- Red gums where the soon to be tooth will be.
- Poo, sometimes runny and very acidic because of the extra saliva. Having bum cream on every change is recommended.
- Some babies even have the smallest of tips of actual teeth sticking out!
- Fever or rosy cheeks.
- If you are breastfeeding your baby may try take a bite to “scratch that gummy itch”. Take a look at what to do when baby starts biting I wrote a few months ago.
How can I help my teething baby?
Besides the usual over the counter oral gel or powders that you smear on the gums to deaden the area a few more natural ideas include:
- A cold damp cloth can sooth by biting on it or sucking.
- Frozen produce (watch what size you give to avoid choking hazards).
- Popsicle and special teething biscuits.
- Amber’s healing properties in the form an amber teething necklace.
- Various teething toys such as Sophie the giraffe.
- Diluted clove oil is my favorite alternative to the oral gels.
No two babies are alike, use your mommy instincts and go with what works for your baby.