Teething. Runny nose. Drool. All that fun stuff babies have to deal with and that mamas try to soothe. When you talk to parents about teething you can see the cringing and twitching before the horror stories begin. Having gone through this teething bit with 4 kids, I can say that while some were worse than others and one handled it pretty well, the experience was just stressful and tiresome. While our babies have no choice but to suffer through teething, we can at least make it more bearable for them….and us.
- Necklace: An amber necklace for baby. I haven’t tried this but my friends who have swear by it. The babies don’t use this to teeth on but the necklace has natural oils that help with the pain. Now, this isn’t a fact or anything- this is just a mom-to-mom remedy that has been pretty popular. I opt for wearing a non toxic beaded necklace that my baby is free to chomp on. This helps relieve that itching/biting sensation their gums crave.
- Toys: Having toys that won’t injure their sensitive gums to chew on is a great relief. You want something that is hard but not sharp. We love our Sophie the Giraffe for our babies. While it is a bit of an expensive toy, I would say it is worth it. We’ve used her for our last 2 kids because it is easy to grasp and the limbs are perfect for reaching those molars in the back. Plus, it’s a pretty toy- not kitschy which is hard to come by with baby products.
- Anything frozen: I haven’t tried freezing a baby bottle filled with water upside down but it sounds pretty genius. A frozen banana in silicone soother (better than the mesh ones because they are easier to clean!) and a frozen washcloth with chamomile tea are really great options. They can chew on those and relieve the swelling that comes along with teething.
- Medicine: For two of my kids I had to resort to this. While other remedies helped for a little bit, their teeth and ears just hurt too much. You can try acetaminophen (please check with your doctor for accurate dosage and do NOT use this for a prolonged period of time) to relieve pain on occasion. I only used it a few times a week when they were inconsolable. Essential oils is also another option. Some prefer this because it is natural but they aren’t approved by the FDA to say they cure anything. Mixing olive oil + clove, first apply on yourself to make sure it isn’t too strong, and applying a tiny bit on the gums is said to relieve pain. Again, use your better judgement and do your own research on using acetaminophen and essential oils.
- You: Sometimes they just want physical comfort. Hold them. Hug them. Stroke their backs. We as mothers, caretakers, parents, have that special touch. They just want to know we are there, loving them when they can’t do anything for themselves.
- Toothbrush: The Foreo ISSA mikro is a silicone pulsating electric toothbrush with small bristles. It is perfect for soothing those gums without injuring them. My daughter loves that it vibrates because it massages her gums. It is small enough to hold in her hands and lightweight enough that she doesn’t get tired of holding it up. Plus, it keeps her teeth and gums healthy- she just thinks it feels good. In a year I may have to pry her mouth open to brush her teeth but so far so good. So you don’t have to get this exact toothbrush- make sure it is soft not bristly.
Truth be told, the design of this product is what drew me to it. I saw their startup campaign and fell in love with how beautiful this toothbrush was. I mean, yeah, it is a toothbrush. It just has to be functional. But I even got the adult version, ISSA for myself. I’ll list the pros and cons of both the ISSA and the ISSA mikro and then you can decide for yourself if it is worth it. For me, yes- it is. It is perfect for my teething baby and will follow her for the next 3 years.
Pros: great design, safe for gums, long battery life- 365 uses from a 1 hr charge, usb charger so you can charge anywhere if you travel, happy or frown face lets you know if it has been used that day (so you know if your kid brushed her teeth!), great colors to choose from, not kitschy, change head once a year, resists bacteria build up (!!), long lasting product with a 2-year limited warranty and a 10-year quality guarantee, ergonomic and gentle clean, good investment because it will last her until she is 4 (another 3 years) and the head replacement is only $20 a year for one head. I can’t even tell you how many of those dang $7 electric toothbrushes we go through with our older kids. And if we had another brand of sonic toothbrushes we’d go through 4 heads a year. I’m not a huge environmentalist but I don’t like to contribute more waste than I need to.
Cons: expensive up front ($99 for a kids toothbrush), need to buy separate charger if you don’t want to use the USB one.
Pros: great ergonomic design, gentle on sensitive gums, long battery life- 365 uses from a 1 hr charge, usb charger so you can charge anywhere if you travel, happy or frown face lets you know if it has been used that day (so you know if your kid brushed her teeth!), great colors to choose from, not kitschy, change head once a year ($20), resists bacteria build up (!!), long lasting product with a 2-year limited warranty and a 10-year quality guarantee.
Cons: expensive up front ($199 for a toothbrush), need to buy separate charger if you don’t want to use the USB one, would prefer the hybrid head ($20) to get a deeper cleaning on teeth but the silicone would be gentle on gums.
It may be worth it to invest in some of these products to not have to deal with the torture that is teething. Seriously. Some nights I’m sure parents would pay the big bucks to relieve even a couple of minutes of pain for their baby…and get some more sleep. What are some things you’ve tried that has helped with teething?