Every parent knows how exhausting it is to deal with a cranky, teething baby. Unfortunately, the irritability usually gets worse around naptime and bedtime because babies don’t have anything to distract them while they fall asleep. The good news is that there are several ways you can comfort your little one and help them get some much-needed sleep. Read on as a pediatric dentist in Scottsdale shares a few expert-approved tips!
Numb the Gums
One simple thing you can do for your child is trying to numb their gums with cold items! It can help reduce inflammation and alleviate some of their discomfort. Get a clean washcloth, soak it with water, and stick it in the freezer for about 30 minutes to an hour so it can get cold. Then, allow your child to chew on it for a few minutes to soothe their gums. You can also give your baby cold foods and drinks. Cold cucumbers, carrot sticks, apples, and bananas are some examples.
Offer Teething Rings
A cold teething ring may be just what your baby needs to ease their pain. However, you’ll need to keep an eye on them while they gnaw on the ring. Some plastic teething rings are filled with liquid. In that case, you want to make sure they don’t accidentally puncture it and ingest the liquid that’s inside.
Apply Pressure on the Gums
Even something as simple as applying light pressure to your baby’s gums can soothe their pain. All you have to do is rub a clean finger along their gums as they’re winding down for bedtime. The counter sensation of the pressure will certainly help relax them!
Give Over-the-Counter Medication
Before giving any medication, ask your pediatrician or dentist if it’s alright to offer your child an appropriate dose of infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Do not give your little one aspirin, as it’s associated with a rare but serious condition called Reye’s syndrome.
Wipe Away Excess Drool
Excess drool can sometimes cause uncomfortable rashes on your baby’s face. Make sure you wipe it away regularly. If needed, you can change your infant’s clothes and moisturize their skin with baby-safe products as well.
Continue Bedtime Routine
Do not let your baby’s fussiness from teething get in the way of their usual bedtime routine. It can actually disrupt their sleep even more. Familiarity with the routine will create a better environment for self-coping.
Dealing with a baby who is teething can be frustrating, but don’t worry – it’s only a phase! It’ll be over before you know it. In the meantime, follow the tips outlined above to help your little one catch some Zs at night!
About the Author
Dr. Veronica Martinez earned her dental doctorate from Marquette University. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and maintains an Arizona state sedation license. A board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Martinez will be happy to conduct a dental exam on your baby to find solutions so they can sleep more soundly. Schedule one on her website or call (480) 282-6746.