Teething Troubles: A Parent’s Guide to Soothing a Teething Baby

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The arrival of those first tiny teeth is a significant milestone in your baby’s development, but it can also bring about some discomfort. While teething and discomfort are normal, it can be difficult to watch your baby struggle. Here are some practical tips to help you soothe your teething little one.

Chilled Teething Toys

The cool sensation helps numb sore gums, and the gnawing action can alleviate discomfort. Ensure the toys are designed for teething with no small parts. Remember to take frequent breaks so your child’s gums don’t get too cold.

Cold Washcloth

Dampen a clean washcloth, place it in the refrigerator briefly, and let your baby chew on it. The cold fabric eases teething pain and offers a soothing sensation.

Teething Rings

Choose teething rings made of safe, BPA-free materials. These rings provide a firm surface for your baby to bite on, promoting healthy gum massage.

Gentle Gum Massage

Use a clean finger or a soft, silicone finger brush to gently massage your baby’s gums. The gentle pressure can ease discomfort and distract from teething woes. Your baby also will be comforted by your proximity and attention.

Teething Biscuits

Introduce age-appropriate teething biscuits. These not only provide a safe chewing outlet but also encourage hand-eye coordination and help your baby get much-needed nutrients.

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Teething is a natural part of your baby’s growth, and with a little extra care, you can navigate this phase together. Each baby is unique, so find the soothing techniques that work best for your little one.

If you have further questions or need more tips, please reach out to Ashley Laird, DDS! We’re always here to support our patients. If you feel you need to schedule a visit, we’re available for that as well! Happy parenting!

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