Three Tips to Tackle Teething Troubles

Babe's teething troubles causing adult temper tantrums? We get it. Baby whisperer, Jen Lovallo, MSN, APRN, CPNP, has some tips to put you both at ease. 

1. Think cold. Cold foods, cold washcloths, and cold toys can all help soothe your little one's teething woes. 

•    Cold  Foods: If you’ve already introduced solids, try cold foods like applesauce, yogurt, or your own homemade puree. Try a frozen fruit puree: there’s nothing like your kid’s first popsicle (especially if brings a peaceful break from all that wailing). 

•    Cold Washcloths: Keep a couple damp washcloths rolled up in the fridge or freezer. When the teething troubles start, let your little one gnaw away on the cloth, or use it gently apply pressure to his gums. (Tip: try soaking the washcloth in chamomile tea before chilling. Chamomile can naturally calm fussiness and help your little one catch some zzz’s.)

•    Cold Toys: Teething toys are everywhere. Our advice: keep it simple and stick to the classics. This silicone teether can be chilled in the fridge or freezer, and is BPA-, phthalate-, PVC- and latex-free. 

Sick of thinking the freezer looks like a toy box? Meet Sophie. She’s made of 100% natural rubber, phthalate and BPA free, and soft on baby’s gums and teeth. She’s been around for 50+ years, so she must be doing something right. 

2. Pressure. Press a clean finger, or a chilled spoon or washcloth into your little guy’s gums. The gentle pressure can alleviate teething pains.

3. Pain medications. If nothing seems to be working, your babe might need some medical relief. Always ask your pediatric primary care provider for the appropriate acetaminophen or ibuprofen dosage (remember: no ibuprofen before 6 months old).