No one likes to see their child in any form of distress, and unfortunately teething, which can be a source of pain and discomfort for babies, can’t be avoided.
Thankfully, there are a few things that you can do to help relieve their symptoms and make them feel more comfortable.
While some infants aren’t too affected by their teeth coming though, a few might suffer from swelling, suck on things, have disturbed sleep, lack of interest in food, rub their ear, seem a little fusser or drool a lot.
They might also try to bite on anything and everything as the pressure can help relieve the pain. While there is usually nothing to worry about, do take your youngster to the GP if they seem to be getting worse or they start suffering from a high fever.
While you can’t stop them going through the process or get rid of the pain completely, you can help to ease their discomfort.
Here are five things you can do to help them feel better and get them back to themselves:
Give them something to chew on
There are numerous chew toys available, some with gel and others that you put in the freezer, that your little one can bite down on. The pressure applied when they bite it will help to relieve some of the discomfort.
Use an over-the-counter pain medication
If they are in a lot of pain and suffering from a temperature you can give them an over-the-counter pain relief like Ibuprofen or paracetamol.
Rub their gums
With a clean finger, gently rub your infant’s gums, applying a little pressure to help them feel better.
Let them munch on frozen fruit
If your little one has started on solids you can give them mashed up frozen fruit as the cold can help to ease the pain.
Again, if they are on solids, you can offer them a cold yoghurt that will do the same trick as the frozen fruit.