Dealing with Teething Pain
Teething pain is a normal and natural part of being a baby, yet it can be a difficult situation for parents to navigate. This can be especially true if it’s the first time you’re dealing with a teething baby. Luckily, there are some strategies that can help minimize the discomfort.
Many parents find relief in giving their baby an appropriate teething medicine to combat the pain.
- For infants 3 months and older, topical benzodiazepines like Anbesol can be used for temporary relief.
- For infants at least 6 months, the pediatrician may recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen, if other methods fail.
Creating a distraction is another way to deal with teething pain. If your baby is very fussing, try playing with them, giving them something new, or giving them something to chew on.
- Toys: Brightly colored toys, rattles, and play gyms can be engaging and distracting.
- Chewing objects: Let them chew on a rubber teething ring, a frozen washcloth, or an infant-safe pacifier.
- Massage: Gently massage the jaw, gums and cheeks to give your baby temporary relief.
Cravings for Sweet Foods
Many babies have a strong craving for sweet foods during teething. While you don’t want to estblish a habit of binging on sugary snacks, there are a few things that you can give your baby that won’t do too much harm.
- Yogurt Drops: Yogurt drops are a safe and healthy snack that your baby can enjoy.
- Cheese: Cheese is a good source of calcium, which can help relieve teething discomfort.
- Apples: Apples are both sweet and crunchy, which can make them a great snack for teething.
Teething pain is an inevitable part of being a baby, but it doesn’t have to be unbearable. With some medications, distractions, and comforting foods, you can help your baby feel better and make it through this developmental stage.