Question: What are the best ways to help a teething baby?
Cold: Give baby something cold to chew on like chilled teethers, cold foods, wet washcloths, etc.
Pressure: Rub baby's gums with your finger, or give baby something hard to chew on.
Keep them dry: Your baby is already uncomfortable from the teething, so be mindful of keeping drool off his/her neck to avoid a rash.
Distraction: Do your best to provide your little one with other things to focus on. Try activities/toys that keep your child constantly engaged.
Topical Remedies: From gels to necklaces, there are plenty of options.
OTC Medicines: When all else fails, you can try approved topical remedies and infant's Tylenol/Ibuprofen to provide your babe with relief.
Remember when you were a kid and you wanted a cold wash cloth on your "owie" or your head when you felt sick? It really did nothing more than soothe or take the edge off the discomfort you were feeling, and that is exactly what it does for the little teethers! Great options are a cold teether like a Bumkin's Cold Pack, a wet washcloth to suck on, or even ice cold or frozen fruit in a safe feeder. I kept a couple cold teethers in the fridge at all times so we always had a cold one!
PressureIt may be surprising that chewing on something hard when their mouth hurts is comfortable, but it is tried and true. I like to think of it like when you rub your shin after you whack it on something. The added pressure becomes a distraction for the nerves. If your baby is cutting their first couple of teeth, you can use your finger to massage their gums! When they get a few sharp chompers in their mouth, a nice sturdy teether like the ever popular Banana Brush, or a natural wooden teether will save your fingers! My girly had a banana brush and wooden teether, and we never left the house without them.
Keep Them DryAdding to their discomfort with a rash caused by the constant river flowing from their mouth is just oh, so counter productive! I know you can't sit and wipe baby drool every two seconds all day, so you will want some handy dandy bandana bibs! I literally had eight or more of them, and used more than one a day.
You might be saying "duh!" but I honestly forgot about it a lot. On super fussy days, I mostly tried to comfort baby with cuddles and attention, but that just wasn't always what was needed. When I would remember to just get down on the floor and commit 100% to keeping my babe completely distracted, I had great success and lots of fun with her! This adorable shaker trio, the Oball Rattle, and long baths were the best distraction in the very rough 'beginning of teething' months.
Topical RemediesYou have probably seen the teething gel or tablets out there. I asked my doctor for his opinion before using, and found the all-natural options to be what he and I both felt safest with. We also jumped on the amber necklace band wagon! The Momma Goose amber necklaces and bracelets kept my mom worries at bay because the connecting or latch piece screws together so baby can't just snap it off.
When all else fails, bust out the Tylenol or Ibuprofen! Once again, I talked to my pediatrician about proper dosing and general guidelines. After that, if it was apparent that nothing was helping my girl, I gave her medicine.