Teething children, is there anything worse? I’m sure there is.. but not in the middle of the day when you’re alone with said screaming baby, and certainly not at night when they’re having a rough one and nothing seems to work!
I believe (in my mommy expert opinion haha!) that D1 began having teething pain around 4 months of age. Just because he had pain, however, did not mean that there were any teeth to be seen in our near future. His first big beautiful tooth finally broke the gums at 8 1/2 months on the dot, which actually fell on his daddy’s birthday. Anyway, we endured months of nonspecific pain with a child who was already fussy due to reflux, and he was at times, completely inconsolable.
At first, the screaming and fussing baffled me, until I saw that chomper come through his gums. OUCH! They are sharp, I mean I guess they have to be- they cut through their little gums. It broke my heart to watch D1 (and later D2, although thankfully less severely) endure this pain. But since he cut his first tooth through 2 year molars all in the course of 11 months, we became experts of sorts on how exactly to ease some of the pain for our little munchkins. So today, I share my expertise!
- Let them chew!!! Our favorite teethers for the boys were Tommee Tippee, of all stages. There were 3 or 4 on the market when D1 began teething, and I bought one of each. They are funky looking teethers, but they’re made for baby’s of each stage to hold onto well, and they hold up extremely well to all of the slobbering and chomping. Plus, they went in the dishwasher and steam sterilizer with no issues!
- Again.. let them chew! This means on your (clean) fingers, on their fingers, on the rubber coated baby spoons if they’re eating solids. If they’re eating solids, you have even more options for chewing! Biscuits, and all types of other baby food items are made just for little ones cutting teeth. Seriously, take a walk down your supermarket aisle and find some fun things for them to chew on, or (even better) hit up Pinterest and make a few of them yourself!
- Orajel. I know, i know, not everyone is a fan of this stuff. But their nighttime relief meant nighttime relief (and finally some sweet sleep) for mommy and daddy.
- Hylands Teething Tablets. For real fellow supermom, these things are the bomb! I don’t know why or how they work, but I do know that they’re all natural and that they do work. So give them a try.. and then go back and pick up 2 more bottles for fear that you might run out in the middle of the night. Go ahead, I won’t judge ;)
- Baby ibuprofen. Advil, Motrin, take your pick. Be advised that before 6 months, baby’s can only have acetaminophen! But if you’re past the 6 month mark and you can see those little
razorsteeth coming through the gums, I would absolutely recommend giving your little one the recommended dose before bedtime.
It feels like the teething stage will last forever, but the pain usually subsides for them once the tooth has broken through the gums. And I feel for you mama, I really do!
What is/was your go to teething pain remedy for your little one(s)?