We’ve already talked about the importance of brushing your baby’s teeth every day. But what about before they have even popped out? Use these six tricks to ease baby’s discomfort when she starts teething, and to encourage her teeth to come in the way they are supposed to.
The amber necklace is all the rage right now for teething babies, and mothers around the world swear by them. As your baby’s body heat warms up the amber, it releases succinic acid, which helps relieve the pain of teething. Just make sure to take the necklace off for naps and bedtime.
If you are the DIY type, an allspice teether might be just the thing for your baby’s sore gums. Boil about 20 whole allspices for ten minutes to soften them, then string them together using a sewing needle and thread. The allspice oil will numb baby’s gums, and may even help her teeth come in faster by tightening the gum tissue so the teeth can more easily break through.
Breastfeeding mothers can simply freeze a few cubes of breastmilk for their babies to chew on. Wrap a cube in a clean cloth so your little one can hold it – she will get a tasty snack and all the pain-relieving benefits that come with breastmilk. If this isn’t an option, regular ice cubes or frozen teething rings will numb her gums too.
You may not have realized it, but one of nature’s best pain relievers may be sitting in your refrigerator right now. Give your teething tot a stalk of celery to chew on to help ease the pain, and help get her used to the taste of vegetables at the same time. You can even pop it in the freezer beforehand for some added crunch and gum-numbing effect.
Both facial massage and gum massage can help relieve teething pain, and you don’t have to run out to the store to find either. Run your finger under some cold water, then gently massage your baby’s gums with a circular motion. You can also try massaging her face along the jaw line and on the chin.
As a last resort, you may want to use a product like Orajel or Tylenol for babies. These can be very effective, especially when teething pain is keeping baby awake at night. Make sure not to use them too often, however; talk to us at Royal Lakes Family & Cosmetic Dentistry about proper dosage, and to give your baby a good start in oral health.