5 Way to Help your Teething Baby Sleep Better at Night
12th December 2014
Teething can be a very difficult and miserable time in your baby’s life. Typically, this happens when your baby is between three and twelve months old, but generally speaking, for the majority it happens when they are 6 months old. If you’ve noticed your child has started chewing their fingers, toys or anything they can get their hands on, they aren’t sleeping as well as they normally do, are eating irregularly and are generally a lot more irritable and fussier than usual, then these are all classic tell-tale signs that they are going through the teething process!
So, for all you stressed and tired parents who are struggling to manage your baby’s teething problems, then take a look at our tops 5 ways you can help make them feel better, and hopefully (fingers crossed) sleep better at night!
A cold drink, such as water can help soothe the inflammation of the gums – this will also help if your baby is dribbling a lot. Likewise, chopping up cold pieces of carrot and apple will work just as well to satisfy your baby’s need to chew on things.
Sugar-free teething gels (make sure they are for children and not an adult oral medication) can help soothe irritated and sore gums. These contain a very mild anesthetic that numbs pain. They also contain an antiseptic which helps fight off any infection that could be caused from broken or sore skin. Make sure you wash your hands before using a clean finger to apply the gel to the area.
Applying gentle pressure
Simply use a clean finger to gently massage your baby’s gums for a few minutes. This will gently numb the area for a brief period of time and provide your child with comfort. They’ll let you know when they’ve had enough!
Put the teething ring in the fridge (not the freezer) and follow the manufacturers instruction for how long to chill them for. Then give it to your child to safely chew away at for however long it will keep them occupied for! Teething rings are ideal for providing a distraction from the pain your child is most probably feeling. Alternatively, if you don’t have any teething rings, a cold and damp flannel can be just as effective.
If your baby is dribbling a lot, then make sure you regularly clean the area around their mouth with a soft cloth, and apply a small amount of vaseline to the area to protect the skin. This will avoid any nasty rashes appearing, which will cause your baby more stress and irritation.
Teething can be a very tiring and stressful for your baby, and for all those involved too, so make sure you give your child lots of love and cuddles to comfort and reassure them, and help get them through this difficult stage in their life!