Have you ever been bitten by a cute monster? I have and it felt as bad as if an actual monster would have bitten me. Ok – I am talking about my little daughter teething and general teething in babies. For these little people who cannot even explain if they are hungry, seeing them suffer from teething can break anyone’s heart.
I have been lucky when it comes to teething with my daughter up until she was 1 year old. But, suddenly as her molars are cutting through, she has become a totally different person. My daughter is the least fussy when it comes to eating food. If you offer her something, she will taste it once. If she likes it, she goes for another bite. But, ever since this session of teething has begun, things have changed drastically.
She is constantly biting her fists and shoving her entire forearm into her mouth. Fiddling with her molars and slapping her mouth. She has been doing all this day in and day out. Apart from these, another thing that has really had me developing my patience has been her temper tantrums. She is very cranky and become a hip hugger. She loves independent play, but sorry not anymore.
So, all this is new to me since she has been teething without any issues in the past. That got me researching and finding some tips that might help her soothe. I also spoke with my doctor who said that any issues you face along with teething are not related to teething in any way. So, if your baby has a fever or diarrhea and she is teething, that does mean the symptoms are because of teething. Treat any other symptom just like an individual issue rather than tying it with teething.
Let us take a look at things you can do to help your baby feel better.
- Massaging their gums: This tip always works. Make sure you use clean fingers and just rub their gums. Since my daughter is no longer an infant, she tries to do the same herself. So, keep their hands clean too.
- Breadsticks/Soup sticks: This form of bread is perfect for them to massage their gums with. Let them chew on it and you don’t have to worry about them eating it – because they are edible.
- Offer ice lollies: Which kid would refuse an ice lolly? This made sure her gums were soothed and they were tasty at the same time. This works great for summers.
- Ibuprofen: Consult your doctor about dosage for times when she is really inconsolable and needs to rest.
- Give lots of love: With my daughter, she was especially clingy during teething. So, make sure you cuddle them a lot and give loads of kisses to let them know the pain will ease.
These tips might help in easing their pain and in turn help you maintain your sanity. Teething in babies is a tough time for them as well as for the parents, but with patience and love, you can tide over this issue too.
What are your tried and tested remedies for teething?