Baby Teething Relief and Remedies
Teething can be painful and/or stressful for some babies, but thankfully there are ways to soothe and distract them. Below you will find key information on how to make your little one's life easier as they go through the teething process.
Comfort your teething baby
Comforting or playing with your baby can distract them from the pain in their gums. If that doesn’t work try gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger.
Food pacifiers are a great way to both soothe and distract your baby at the same time.
You can soothe your baby’s pain by adding frozen milk or ice, or distract them with new (healthy) tastes depending on their age.
For the best of both worlds you can even freeze some fruit/veg for both a soothing and distracting effect.
Teething rings & toys
Teething toys give your baby a chance to chew something safely. This may help soothe their teething gums and distract them from the pain.
Some teethers which are made of silicone are made of softer silicone, some of harder material.
You'll want to try both kinds to determine which suits your baby best.
Never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck as it may be a choking hazard.
Although teething gels do exist, the evidence to support their efficacy is weak. It is often better to try non-medical options before going down this route.
If you do decide to try, then make sure you :
get a gel that is specifically designed for young children
- speak to a pharmacist before purchasing
- avoid unlicensed homeopathic teething gels which have been linked to serious side effects
Paracetamol and Ibuprofen
Painkilling medicine may help ease your baby’s pain if they are 3 months or older. Make sure to get a sugar-free medicine, follow the instructions that come with the medicine, and always consult your GP or pharmacist. Children under 16 years of age should not have aspirin.
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