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Another milestone in the baby book, we just had our first dentist appointment! Brady's got a whole mouth of healthy teeth and a big, beautiful smile. But he hasn't been so happy the past couple of months. When his first little teeth started cutting through we were lucky, they didn't seem to cause him much stress. He was uncomfortable and drooling non-stop, but still sleeping well. Then the molars started pushing through. Ugh! It was like our sweet baby had turned into a miserable, teething monster. It's the hardest thing to see your little one in so much pain. I reached out to all the mommas I knew and tried every trick they suggested. These are a few that worked well for us.
Tips to Soothe a Teething Baby
- Wet a clean washcloth and stick it in the freezer. After it's frozen up a bit let your baby gnaw on it. The cold will soothe his gums and help the teeth break through.
- Frozen fruits. Freeze big chunks of fruits like bananas, strawberries or cantaloupe. Let baby chew on the chunks, but always under supervision. Smaller pieces are a choking hazard. Mesh feeder bags are a great solution. You can put a few frozen grapes in one and let your baby chomp away without worry.
- Vibrating Teething Toys- Brady loved his vibrating teether. The sensation was soothing and seemed to calm and distract him from the pain.
- Popsicles. A cold, sweet treat will make your baby's mouth feel better
Nighttime was the worst for us. It's hard to get a fussy toddler settled in when he's irritated and in pain. Brady would kick and wail, pushing his fingers into his mouth and pulling at his ears. I couldn't bear all the tears, not to mention the sleepless nights for both of us. I found Infants' Advil® at Walgreens in the pain relief aisle and decided to give it a try.
Here's some info I found helpful when deciding which pain reliever to use to soothe a teething baby:
- Infants' Advil® is available for infants ages 6 to 23 months old in a non- staining, Dye-Free White Grape liquid.
- Infants' Advil® Concentrated Drops are alcohol-free and come equipped with a syringe for easy dosing.
- Infants' Advil® contains ibuprofen, the medicine pediatricians use most for their own kids' fevers.
- Offers parents a simple, effective solution to relieve their babies' pain with up to 8- hours of relief in just one dose.
I gave Brady a dose of the Infant's Advil just before we started our normal bedtime routine. I was so happy that it came in a non-staining form, so I didn't have to worry about my drooling baby destroying his pajamas. We read a few books as he chewed on his teething toy and wiggled around. Pretty quickly he started to calm down and drift off. I put him in his crib and crossed my fingers, praying for a peaceful night for him (and me as well!)
He slept soundly through the whole night! I was sooooo happy to have found something that helped get us through the miserable teething baby/momma going crazy phase. Such a relief!
These are some mom to mom tips for teething trouble that worked for us. I'd love to hear what you have used to soothe a teething baby.
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