Baby, Toddler
5th Aug 2020

4 Helpful Tips to Reduce Your Baby's Teething Discomfort

When it comes to babies, there are a lot of firsts. The first word, first step, and of course, first tooth.

Although sometimes uncomfortable and irritating for bub, the teething process isn’t anything to worry about. In fact, it’s a normal part of your little one’s healthy growth and development.

But, just like so many of their other firsts, teething can happen when you least expect it.

Some babies coast through the teething phase without fuss while others experience some discomfort during the process of developing their pearly whites. If your child falls into the latter category, you may be wondering what you can do to help provide them with some teething relief.

Keep reading to explore our top five tips for reducing your baby’s teething discomfort. Of course, if you have any concerns about your baby’s teething, talk to your health professional.

Gum Massage

Ever wondered why a teething baby seemingly wants to bite down on anything and everything in sight? Often times, it’s all about the balance of pressure.

As your baby’s teeth break through, the pressure on their gums may cause them some discomfort. This is where a gum massage may come in handy.

Lightly rubbing or massaging your bub’s gums with a clean finger may help to create reverse pressure, counteracting the feeling of their pearly whites pushing through.

Chewable Toys

In a similar vein as a gum massage, a chewable toy may also help to provide some teething relief by using reverse pressure.

Chewing on an age-appropriate, squishy toy or a damp washcloth may also serve the dual purpose of comforting and distracting.

A few key things to remember; always choose non-toxic and BPA free when selecting teething toys, and be sure to keep a close eye on your baby at all times to prevent choking.

Chilled, Soft Foods

While some teething babies may try to chew on everything they can get their little hands-on, others may find biting uncomfortable.

Alternatively, soft foods such as yoghurt or fruit purees may be easier for your little one to eat.

For added teething relief, try serving these foods straight from the fridge for a cooling effect. Chilled foods may further reduce your baby’s teething discomfort by helping to relieve inflamed gums.

Teething Relief Products

If you’re looking for additional support to help relieve your baby’s teething discomfort, there are a range of teething gels and other products available at your local pharmacy.

If you’re not sure which one to choose, talk to your health professional.

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