Baby Teething Remedies

Teething can be a long, drawn out process for some babies, causing not only sore gums, but diaper rash, tummy upsets and even ear aches and infections. Some babies will have teeth come through one at a time, others will try to do it all at once. No matter which way it happens, it can be a very unpleasant experience for all concerned.

There is nothing more upsetting, as a parent, than seeing a baby son or daughter in pain from teething and feeling that there is little that can be done to help them.

Some signs that a baby has begun teething is the baby chewing on his fists, or toys, almost constantly. There is usually an increase in the amount of saliva the baby is producing (which can cause an upset tummy), and the presence of more diaper rash.

There are many things that can be done to ease the pain of teething without resorting to medication or extreme measures. Baby teeth will come through when they are ready and this is a process that will not be rushed, but at least it doesn’t last forever.

Pushing on the place where a tooth is trying to break through will often help to alleviate the pain. Babies know this instinctively, which is why they will chew anything they can get their hands on, including their own fingers, fists, and toes (if they can get them to their mouths).

Below are a few things that you can do to help the teething process along.

Find some teething rusks (most Chemists, Pharmacists and Supermarkets stock these in the baby section). A teething rusk is a hard, finger-like biscuit that is designed for teething babies. Over time, with constant biting and licking, the surface of the rusk breaks down and the baby will swallow the mush that is created.

Sometimes it is possible to find them in different flavours, so if the baby does not like one flavour, there is the option of trying another.

Teething rings are also popular. These are often semi-soft rubber creations filled with water (or similar). Some are just flat, others will have little bumps on them that provide a soothing texture for the baby to bite down on. These can be given to the baby at room temperature, or after being in the refrigerator for a few minutes.

Cold things seem to be the most effective for babies. Even something as simple as a wet, wrung out face-washer that has spent a few minutes in the refrigerator can keep teething babies happy.

Some babies will get a mild temperature when they begin teething. One of the quickest ways to lower their temperature is to give them a bath. This will serve four purposes.

It gradually reduces their body temperature. It distracts them from the pain caused from teething. It will help to give their bottom a really good soak, which can help reduce the rawness of any diaper rash, or help to prevent the onset of diaper rash, and if given a face-washer, it will give them something cold and wet to chew and suck on.

If all else fails, it may be necessary to give the baby some paracetamol. Check with your general practitioner or pediatrician before giving any medication to a baby, even if it is specifically designed for infants and young babies.

Teething does not last forever, but it can be a really trying time for both parents and baby until the last tooth has worked its way through.