Guest post by Dr. Patricia Bast, AskDoctorMommy.com
A teething baby is hard, there is no way around it, and all babies go through it. Unfortunately it seems like it lasts forever. Beginning for most between 4-6 months and continuing until 24+ months old! Sometimes with no substantial breaks between teeth.
The key to making teething bearable is being prepared! Here are my top 5 tips I give to parents to help their teething baby.
1. Offer safe options for chewing. For example: teething approved pacifiers, grasping toys, rattles, and finger length veggies (frozen celery is excellent, just supervise closely and replace when it starts to break apart).
2. Frozen foods. Breastmilk, formula, smoothie, pureed food popsicles. They are both soothing and a great way to offer calories since appetites often decrease when teething.
3. Offer various textures and shapes for teething (ensure all are safe, food-grade, and designed for teething): silicone,
4. stainless steal, and wood. Each one offers a different firmness for soothing those sore gums. The oral sensory input is also excellent for developing brains.
5. Camilia or other safety tested herbal relief. Avoid dosing with medication around the clock and instead look for effective natural solutions that aid in pain relief.
6. Tylenol or Motrin. If your child is in significant pain, medication should be considered.
Kleynimals: Engraved Kleynimals Keys are a fantastic teething option. They are also my favorite gift for both baby showers, holidays, and 1st birthday parties! They are durable, beautiful, safe, and fun for all ages of babies and toddlers.