Best Remedies for Alleviating Your Child’s Teething Discomfort

What is Teething?

Teething is the process of children getting their first set of teeth, often referred to as the primary set. Teething typically happens between the ages of 6 months old and three years, with most children having all twenty teeth by 3 years of age. Teething is a painful process that can be tough to treat, depending on your babies symptoms.

How do I treat the symptoms of teething?

Treatment will vary depending on your child and their symptoms. If children are exhibiting pain and discomfort, Children’s Tylenol or Motrin are accepted pain relievers for small children. Do not give any child Asprin, as it has been associated with Reye Syndrome.

Treatment can also include teething rings. This is a soft chewable ring that can help to relieve the pressure some children feel when teeth are close to breaking the surface of the gum. Another remedy for alleviating pain or pressure is to gently rub the gums with your clean finger for about two minutes. Some babies object at first, but it may help in the long run.

The Best Remedies for Teething Discomfort

For general pain, Children’s Motrin is the best thing to give your child. Gentle on their sensitive stomachs, it will relieve the pain and therefore the possible crabbiness they may exhibit.

Soft teething rings or toys are another great remedy. These are much safer than letting them chew on whatever they want, like their crib or hard plastic toys. The soft rings can help relieve pressure and take their mind off the problem.

Using your finger to gently massage the gum you think is being affected is helpful too, especially when a teething ring isn’t handy. Be sure your finger is clean and free from lotions or perfumes. Gently massage for about two minutes and try not to let your child bite (a nasty habit we don’t want them getting).

Some children find relief in cold fruits or veggies. Frozen bananas or mangos placed in a reusable tea bag or section of cheesecloth can be a way to alleviate that pressure they sometimes feel. Make sure that any stings are cut as short as possible to avoid swallowing hazards.

An old-fashioned remedy is a wooden teething ring. Be aware of what you are buying, read the label carefully and make sure the wood doesn’t have any finishes or chemicals on the surface. Many organic stores offer a safe wooden teething ring, or an old wooden spoon will do in a pinch as well, just make sure its clean.

There are of course gels and topical remedies available on the market, but research suggests that these may not be very affective. Some studies even go so far as to say they are useless and have no pain or pressure relieving properties what-so-ever. Ask your pediatrician if a gel or topical remedy is right for your baby.

The best thing to keep in mind when picking a teething solution, is that every child is different and different stages in development may change what they like. Try one thing and if that doesn’t do the trick, try another one. Ask other moms what they have tried, you may find something simple at home that works the best.

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