We don't like to see our kids in pain. And so, we all want to know, how do you help teething pain? How do you survive this, especially when it can be months of pain for one little tooth?
How We Survive
First, here is my process that I currently follow.
- Start with the pain killer. Ibprofen. It seems to me that these kids have a hard time initially when the teeth are coming in. Think of it like when you first start to get a cold. For the first couple of days, you feel totally miserable and probably do a fair amount of complaining if only in your head. But after those initial days, you learn to adapt and essentially "suck it up" and deal with it. I do the pain killer for nap and bedtime for the first 2-3 days.
- Add in topical pain killer. Any time during awake time that the child is being super grumpy, I will use some Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets or Orajel Baby Naturals Teething Gel. This helps take the edge off and they are usually happier.
- Allow chewing. Your child might want to chew on something. If you see her chewing on things, help her to have something that is safe and satisfying to her. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether, Sassy Teether, and Soothie Pacifier are some toys we like when teething.
- Teething Necklace. This really helps take the edge off. With using this, I don't need to use the teething tablets or orajel at all.
How You Survive
Here is what you readers said you do. If you have additional ideas, please share them in the comments!
- Essential Oils: Dilute if needed. Then rub on jaw on skin (not in the mouth) right where tooth is coming in. Oils mentioned as working are: Clove and Lavender
- Silicone Baby Toothbrush as a teether--I love this idea!
- Teething Necklace
- Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets
- Thin baby wash cloth, wet, with ice cube wrapped inside. Hold it while baby sucks.
- Luckwarm chamomile tea in medicine dropper.
- Mamacicles (frozen breastmilk as Popsicle).
- Frozen ice pops homemade--water and a little apple juice.
- Mesh Feeder with ice inside. Or you can do frozen fruit inside the feeder.
- Frozen washclothes.
- Frozen gogurts.
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