What a nightmare! You’ll swear they’re teething at like 2 months old and technically if they don’t have teeth yet, yup they’re teething! The real pain typically starts around 6 months, but every kid is different. Hang in there, Mama! You will sleep again! Here's some tips to make it sooner rather than later.
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1) Try Washcloths First
Soak a washcloth in chamomile tea and refrigerate. Use baby washcloths. They are softer than regular ones, which can actually scratch the baby's gums and cause more pain. Not all babies will take to this, but it's a good indicator of whether or not to waste your money on a bunch of teethers.
2) Refrigerate Teethers
Don't freeze them! It's too cold for the baby and can hurt their gums. If baby takes a pacifier, put these in the fridge too. My daughter was not a big fan of any store bought teethers, but I did have mild success with the water filled type.
WARNING: Never leave your baby unsupervised with a teething soother. Most are not choke proof or can be perforated.
3) The Sophie Giraffe Is Worth It
The fact that my daughter did not take to traditional teething rings, sells me even more on this product. It was really the only thing that she would hold and gnaw on for an extended period of time. It's pricey, but there is something about the rubber babies just love! If nothing else is cutting it, go for it!
4) Essential Oils Are Your Friend
I used a Pure Essential Oil Lavender* heavily diluted with coconut oil starting at 6 months. Put it right on the baby's jawline. It makes me calm and sleepy just smelling it, so it became a staple for naps and bedtime in my home.
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Lavender is a natural substance with anti-inflammatory and calming properties. It is extremely important that essential oils are properly diluted, especially for topical use on children. I love Majestic Pure Fractionated Coconut Oil. It is 100% pure fractionated coconut oil and the pumping feature lends to filling any container with little mess. Add 9 oz. of coconut oil and 10 drops of Lavender to a 10 oz. roller bottle.
Visit the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy for essential oil safety guidelines at https://naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety.
5) Hyland Products Work Wonders
I used these first because sometimes this was all that was needed. It’s just chamomile, so there’s no limit on them.
Do your research and make an informed choice. I was hesitant to try these at first because they were recalled in 2011 for inconsistent levels of Bella Donna. The company has since mitigated the issue and my pediatrician gave a green light, but I still waited until my daughter was 6 months old to use them. I wish I hadn't, because they worked like a charm!
Please note there are dosage and frequency limits on use.
6) Try An Amber Necklace
I honestly have no idea if this works or not, but some people swear by it so if you're desperate it's worth a shot. I was too nervous to let my daughter wear it all the time and just wrapped it around her ankle under a sock at bedtime from 4 months to about 1 year old. I stopped when it could no longer fit around her ankle/she pulled her socks off at night. I was too afraid she would swallow the beads. We managed without it after that, so who knows!
I've since learned the kind of amber necklace you buy does matter. The beads need to come from the Baltic region and the Hazelaid brand is widely recommended. Otherwise, you might end up with plastic beads that do nothing.
7) It's Okay To Use Medicine
Infant Tylenol (Acetaminophen)
There will come a time when your baby is so uncomfortable, this is the only thing that will help. Ask your pediatrician, since recommendations vary. I was told Tylenol was all I could give under 6 months for pain.
Infant Motrin (Ibuprofen) Drops
Some doctors don’t recommend using this until the baby is 8 months. I caved at 6 ½; the Tylenol just didn’t cut it when a tooth was erupting. I know parents who used it at 3 months, so check with your pediatrician. The first doctor we saw kept the dosage level so low because she was going by age. I know drugs go by weight (my daughter was 100 percentile), but I kept listening to her. When I finally switched pediatricians, she said: “Absolutely, go by weight!” She slept so much better after that. Grrrr!
Hope these suggestions help your baby sleep better and allows you to get some rest. What teething remedies have you had success with? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Hi! I'm Nicki, a full time working Mama in a fast-paced male dominated industry. I blog for a creative outlet and to help moms like you make this parenting journey a little easier!
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