3 Quick & Easy Ways to Relieve Teething Pain
The teething monster is a real thing people. It comes and goes as it pleases and it always seems like it hangs around for way too long. For Kade, teething has probably been about a 6 or 7 on an intensity scale of 1-10. 1 are those kiddos whose parents are all "I THINK they might be teething but I'm not really sure" or "my baby never really had any of the typical teething signs, it was pretty easy on them." A 10 would be those kiddos who are screaming their heads off all day long or crying inconsolably, are soaked in their own drool and are constantly gnawing on everything and anything in sight. Like I said, we are kind of "middle of the road" coasting at a 6 or 7. Our kid drools, he puts SOME things in his mouth, rubs his face, and can be pretty whiny/irritable at random times. Of course, some of these "symptoms" could be related to other things but isn't it always just easier to blame that dreaded teething monster?
Kade had his very first bottom tooth pop up the day after Christmas and the second one followed a day or two later. To be honest, he was more of a 1 or a 2 on that scale until about a month before they popped through. The intensity of the teething got a lot worse before it got better [didn't help that he caught his first cold at the same time] and the problem was that nothing really seemed to be helping. He wasn't interested in any of the typical remedies and that made it pretty tricky. This time around, as he is working on his top two teeth and has been for what feels like ages, he's kind of just been resting at that 6-7 and thankfully, we have found a few things that seem to [temporarily, unfortunately] relieve his pain. When you are dealing with a teething baby, maybe it's just me, but even 5 minutes of helping your baby feel better and eliminating or just lessening the whining/fussing is totally worth it. I wanted to share a few of those quick and simple tricks that we've found to work for us, even if just for a few minutes at a time.
Before sharing these 3 items, I will also say that we did try infant Tylenol as well and though at times it may have "taken the edge off," we never really saw a major/big enough difference to continue giving it. Some people swear by that stuff though so I'm sure it affects every baby differently. I've always gotten bad headaches and have never found a medicine that helps so maybe I passed along that trait to my child- sorry Kade.
Ok so here are our top 3 natural ways to temporarily relieve teething pain:
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1. Cold, Wet Washcloth
I know, this one is pretty common. I never said we were re-inventing the wheel or anything. ;) This is one that I so badly wanted to work for Kade the first time around but he had no interest in it what so ever. He just wasn't super into the "cold" idea at this point in his life [I was still heating all of his purees and anything cold-ish was weirding him out... we're over that now, thankfully]. I was giving him thicker wash cloths and I was wetting them and putting them in the fridge- not necessary. He prefers the soft, thin, newborn wash cloths and I just run them under cold water. This is also a great way to get some hydration in if you leave the wash cloth a little wet because they usually end up getting some of the water out of it as they bite/chew/suck on it. I will also note that I try to have a bib on him whenever we do this because if I don't, he ends up soaked. This goes for the next 2 tricks as well. You can find these nice thin wash cloths at Target, Walmart, or any baby store really, or you can find them here. We use the Circo brand and they work great. :)
2. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder
For this one, I have to give a little shout out to my good friend over at Yoga Pants & Pearls since she is the one who introduced me to these. They are actually meant, hence the name of them, to put food in so that your baby can feed themselves more easily. I imagine you could even put frozen food in them and kill two birds with one stone but we just slip an ice cube in and Kade loves it. Our ice cubes just happen to fit perfectly in them and the best part is they are dishwasher safe [YESSSS]. He goes to town slurping away on that ice cube and again- hydration is an added bonus. I have seen these at Target as well or you can find them here.
3. Nuby Sippy Cup
This one could very well be extremely specific to my child but you literally NEVER know. Though he's 11 months old [minor panic attack every time I have to think about him almost turning one], he has yet to totally master the sippy cup *insert eye roll.* This cup, in particular, allows the water to come out just by biting down on the mouth piece. This is supposed to then prompt the child to suck to continue drinking. Well, my kid just bites. But- the combination of the rubbery texture and the cold water on his gums seems to work like magic for that teething monster so we are running with it. This is the one that soaks him the most. The first time he really started chewing on this sippy, we didn't have a bib on him and his shirt was soaked down to his belly button. Now that we do put this bib on him, when he's done and I take the bib off, that pocket has a mini pool of water in it.
Here's to defeating that teething monster even just for 5 minutes at a time. Good luck, mommas and remember... we're all in this together *fist bump.* Here's another image you can save on Pinterest for quick reference if you wish. :)