Sweet Dreams for Little Smiles: Techniques to Help Your Teething Baby Rest Easy

By October 13, 2023November 22nd, 2023No Comments

A baby teething on a cold ring

The journey of parenting is full of joy and cherished moments, but teething can bring its fair share of challenges. This is especially true when it comes to getting your little one to sleep. Those aching gums can turn bedtime into a nightly struggle for both you and your teething baby. So, what can you do to help? Do you need to take them to the dentist?

If you need solutions for a more peaceful night’s sleep, continue reading. Here are some ways to ease teething discomfort and promote better rest for both you and your baby.

1. Soothe Their Gums with Cold

You can provide relief to your teething baby by offering chilled teething toys or iced food. The coolness helps soothe sore gums, offering comfort during bedtime fussiness hours. Ensure the toys are designed for teething and are safe for your baby to chew on.

If offering food to babies to chew on, make sure it’s in something they can’t choke on. Older children may be able to handle treats like frozen bananas or chilled melon.

2. Keep Up Your Spirits

Keep your thoughts and actions positive throughout the experience. This can be difficult, but practicing positivity can help keep your child calm, even when they don’t feel like it. Continue your nightly routines as usual.

Reading stories, helping them care for their teeth and gums, and keeping their sleep schedule regular does wonders. Their mood, and yours, will be better by simply being present and well-intentioned.

3. Don’t Use Numbing Gels

It may be tempting to use an oral gel like you would for a toothache, but you shouldn’t. These gels have chemicals in them like benzocaine that can be seriously harmful to children. The Federal Drug Administration has said that this chemical as unsafe for infants and older children. It can lead to a condition known as methemoglobinemia, which significantly reduces the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen. When this happens, it can cause their skin to turn blue, fatigue, shortness of breath, and even death in severe cases.

4. Ask Your Dentist About Over-the-Counter Pain Medicine

Some pain medications such as baby ibuprofen could be an effective means to lessen your teething baby’s discomfort. However, great care should be taken to ensure that your child can take the medicine and that you’re giving the correct amount. It’s best to visit your dentist and get their opinion before considering this option.

Your child’s dentist is ultimately the best source of information regarding your child’s oral health. If you need more ideas or guidance, give them a call and schedule an appointment. They may have additional strategies you can use or discover an alternate reason for your baby’s late-night fussiness.

About the Practice

Dr. Veronica Martinez and Dr. Katie Ramage are your warm and friendly dentists at Children’s Dental Specialty. They share a passion for helping children of all ages achieve bright, lovable smiles and educating parents on proper oral hygiene for the whole family. Their welcoming staff is ready to help you navigate the process of treatment and handle any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, call (480) 944-9668 or visit the website to explore their other services!

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