Nobody likes to see their baby in discomfort but when it comes to teething, pain normally goes hand-in-hand with this stage of their lives.
Teething is a challenging time for both the parents and the baby, but is an inevitable milestone for our little ones to reach.
If you’ve tried lots of different methods to try and soothe your teething tot and are getting to your wits end, have a look at our homemade remedies below. They are super easy to make at home and should bring your baby some comfort as their teeth come in.
Gently massage your clean finger over your baby’s gums. Use a circular motion over all of their gums to help ease the discomfort they feel.
If you put your child’s teething toy in the fridge before giving it to them, this can give them extra relief as the chilliness of the toy soothes the pain. Don’t put these teethers in the freezer as they can become too hard and can hurt your baby’s mouth.
Dampen a clean flannel with water and place it in the fridge for a little while. Once it’s cool, give it to your baby to bite and suck on so they can ease their teething pain themselves. Always keep an eye on your tot when they’re using this remedy as it could become a choking hazard if they're left unsupervised.
Cold fruits and vegetables
Cut fruits and veggies such as carrots, cucumbers and bananas into appropriate-sized pieces to avoid choking and allow them to cool in the fridge. When they are chilled, give them to your baby to bite on to help relieve pain. You can also buy a mesh teething feeder or pacifier that you can fill with cold fruits and vegetables for them to suck on. Always make sure to supervise your tot when they’re eating these.
Breast milk ice pops
If you breastfeed your child, try expressing some breast milk and freeze it in an ice pop mould. The coldness of the pop will soothe pain while also giving them nutrients from the breast milk. Keep a watchful eye on your child to avoid choking.