Teething troubles are very common in babies. There are very few babies who don’t experience any pain or itching while teething. But generally, teething makes even the happiest baby a fussy one. When those sharp teeth cut through the soft tissues of your baby’s gums, he not just experiences itching and pain, headaches and mild temperature are common too. Some babies get loose motions while teething too. There are some home remedies to get your baby through these tumultuous teething days without that much discomfort.
How to know if Your Baby is Teething?
Babies are most likely to have their first teeth anywhere from the age of 6 months to one year. These symptoms can indicate that they have started to show signs of teething.
- Itching in gums
- Excessive Drooling
- Loose stool
- Decreased appetite
- Rubbing the cheeks or the temples
Home Remedies to ease Teething Troubles
Teething Home Remedy #1: Cold And Pressure
Giving frozen things to the babies while they are teething is one of the oldest tricks in the book. You can put the following things in the freezer and let the baby chew on them for a little while. The cold compress eases the pain and soothes their inflamed gums.
- Fruits and Veggies
- Wooden hard toys
- Frozen wash cloths
- Cold spoons
- Frozen teethers
Teething Home Remedy #2: Reduce Inflammatory Diet
There are a few foods which cause inflammation. If your baby is very much on dairy then you should reduce the intake while teething. Along with dairy, flours, refined flours, sugar, potatoes can also cause inflammation. Inflammation irks the nerves in the gums and hence it increases the pain.
While teething you can give your baby a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, pastured meats, wild seafood, ample healthy fats (coconut, avocado, butter) and whole eggs.
Teething Home Remedy #3: Work On Immunity
Immunity also plays a very vital role in how a baby’s body will react to the process of teething. If your baby is has a sound immune system, then teething would only cause pain otherwise cold, coughs, fever are the most common problems they pick up as soon as they start teething. These issues irritate the baby further and even the happiest baby turns into a hot mess.To keep up the immunity you can:
- Give multi vitamins if needed or prescribed
- Make sure your baby takes Vitamin D
- Breastmilk is the best for building immunity
- Probiotics: Include probiotics in your baby’s diet. You can give curd or yogurt. They have all the healthy bacterias which improve ones immunity.
Teething Home Remedy #4 Teethers
When the itching starts in the gums, all you child needs is a teether. Chewing on something helps relieve the itch and the child feels relaxed. These days the market is flooded with plethora of teethers. There are silicone ones, wooden teethers, rings, necklaces and many more.
You can just put a bib around your baby’s neck and make him wear the teether necklace while venturing outside. The teething necklace has big chew-able silicon beads which soothes the itching and relieves the pain. You can keep the teethers in the freezer to give a cooling effect to your child’s gums.
Teething Home Remedies #4 Applications
There are a few things you can apply on the gum to soothe the pain of your baby. These things are very easily available in your kitchen and they ease the process of teething.
- If your baby is older than a year, you can apply some honey on the gums to soothe child.
- Apply some grounded turmeric. It has antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties.
- You can apply ice as well. Ice also soothes the inflammation and numbs the affected area.
- Chamomile can also be applied to the gums as it helps with the pain.
We know teething can be tough for the child but it is equally tough for you too as you are handling a cranky baby. These remedies help the baby with pain and irritability. Let us know if these remedies helped your child as well.