Teething Rings and Toys

IN this article we will look at a few little things that can help your baby through teething, such as teething rings and other types of teething toys. But before we do that, let’s go through a few other tips for teething babies.

What to do to help your teething baby

A teething baby is most often an unhappy baby. Some babies may breeze right through the entire teething process without a backward glance, but, for others, teething is a long uncomfortable process for which there’s little relief. Before starting a pain-relief treatment for a teething infant, you should understand why the baby is feeling pain. Run a finger over the baby’s gums gently and slowly to find where teeth are coming in and where the gums are swollen. If unsure about what you find, talk to your doctor on your next visit.

Teething Rings…

Babies naturally chew on things to relieve their teething pain. But you must be aware of exactly what your baby is chewing on. Do not let your baby chew on a small object that could be swallowed or on a large object that could break into smaller pieces. The best item to use is a teething ring, a soft device made of plastic and intended for chewing The texture of a teething ring is specially designed to appeal to a baby’s mouth. Dummies or pacifiers can also be used, filled with water and chilled.

Something Cold…

The combination of coldness and pressure against the gums gives relief from the pain to the baby. The other purpose of a device to chew upon is to break down the gum tissue that is already naturally breaking up. Take away any teething ring that itself begins to break. A cold wet washcloth pressed against the gums for a short time can be used an emergency alternative, but do not leave anything cold on the gums of a baby for any extended period. Some teething babies will get pain relief from chilled food, such as yogurt or apple sauce – but of course be sure to watch for choking whenever you give food to your baby.

Dribble Bibs and Teething

A teething baby will usually be constantly dribbling. Although this isn’t the baby’s main concern when teething, constant wetness around the chin and neck area, plus having to wearing wet clothes, can only add to their discomfort. Dribble bibs are made specifically to alleviate these issues for teething babies. A good quality dribble bib will be absorbent and easy to wear for a baby. The bib will then keep the baby dry and keep the dribble away from the baby’s clothes too (saving on extra washing for parents!). See our top choice of dribble bibs below, or use the links on the right to find dribble bibs of all kinds.

Teething Gels…

If the pain continues for your baby, you might want to consider a child-safe aesthetic or a topical gel. Some do have misgivings about administering medications to an infant, but if you do not, consider a teething gel, a numbing material that will relieve the pain in an infant’s gums. In order to avoid infection, small doses must be used exactly as described in the instructions – make sure that none of the gel goes down the throat, certainly not in large amounts. Doing so may numb the infant’s throat, interfere with the natural gag reflex and possibly allow swallowed food to go into the lungs.

Pain Killers and Teething…

If all else fails, you might consider an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or a pain-reliever like acetaminophen for a child older than six months. Follow the advice of your doctor about the advisability and the frequency of such the use of such drugs for your child. Be careful the dosage is not hiding the symptoms of other medical conditions the child may be experiencing. Do not give an infant aspirin, unless directed to do so by the doctor.

Tooth Brushing…

Don’t wait to start brushing your child’s teeth until all the teething is done – brushing may help the emergence of the remaining teeth about to appear. Be sure to brush them very gently, using one of the soft baby toothbrushes available, or one of the clever finger toothbrushes. These are especially useful if your baby is reluctant to let you brush his or her precious first teeth.