Ah, good old teething. Wait, scratch that!
Teething is one of the worst things about being a parent.
I know what you are asking yourself, how can my sweet little angel have turned so bad? Well, that is teething.
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Who experiences teething? Is it just babies?
A common question parents have is who can experience teething pain? Well, it might surprise you to learn that both babies and toddlers can go through teething pain.
What are the signs of teething?
1. Drool…and lots of it
One of the first signs of teething in a baby is drool. It might start off as a small amount, but only increases the older they get and the more teeth they are trying to push through their gums.
You will notice their outfits might start getting saturated with drool in the front, so keep an eye out for that.
2. sucking on everything
Another one of the signs of teething in a baby is that they will start sucking on their hands/fingers. It’s fairly harmless, until they actually get a tooth and then they accidentally bite themselves…then you have problem.
It really isn’t limited to sucking on their hands though, because anything within grabbing distantce is fair game.
3. Fussier than usual
Babies cry, that’s normal, but one of the signs of teething in a baby is being fussier than usual. If your baby isn’t hungry, he/she has a clean diaper and isn’t sick, then they might just be fussier because of teething.
4. Weird poop
This one goes back to the drool. Sometimes that drool stays in their mouth and they swallow it (not a big deal), and this excess saliva makes their poop a little weird.
TMI: with both of my kids, they had an almost mucus-like or slimy residue mixed in with the poop. When I asked their pediatrician, he informed me that it was most likely due to them swallowing an excess amount of drool during…you guessed it…teething!
5. a few teeth nubs sticking out
One of the last signs of teething in a baby is seeing or feeling the first two teeth stick out (it will usually be the bottom center teeth). As they break in those new found teeth, they will start the cycle over again with all their other teeth.
You can find a great list of the best teething toys for baby here to also check out!
Signs of teething in a toddler
1. Fussy or moody
The signs of teething in a toddler are similar to that of a baby, in that toddlers can also be real fussy or moody. It is especially bad when they are getting their 2 year molars. When your toddler is cutting those molars in, that is probably the worst and they let you know it.
2. complain of an “ouchy”
Another one of the signs of teething in a toddler is that he or she might vocalize “ouchy” and point to their teeth. With babies, they can only cry.
It does help though, because you know what is bothering them and can help soothe it.
3. Naptimes might get screwed up
One of the last signs of teething in a toddler is that naptimes might become more of a struggle. When toddlers are teething, they are going to be a lot more demanding of attention.
Again, it’s at the worst time when they are getting their 2 year molars. My daughter was a good napper and sleeper, but when she was getting her 2 year molars, she was like a whole different person.
Don’t fret though, after those teeth come in, things seem to go back to normal pretty quickly.
When people think of teething, they mostly think it’s babies who go through this, but even toddler go through teething. If you haven’t yet reached the 2 year molar phase, beware!
Ways to soothe a teething baby
1. Pacifier in the freezer/refrigerator
The first tip on how to soothe a teething baby is optional if you use pacifiers with your little one.
I totally understand if you are trying to opt out, but if you are using them- try this!
I simply put the pacifier in the freezer for about 5 minutes, just enough for it to get cold which feels good on baby’s gums.
We always used the Phillips Avent Pacifiers that can be found here on Amazon, but I think it really is a matter of preference for your little one.
Side note: we used pacifiers with my daughter who is now 2 and she got her teeth in much sooner than other kids her age.
I think part of it is due to the fact that she used pacifiers which help break those teeth through the gums.
Fair warning though, after a certain age…it is hard to take the pacifier away.
2. Cold bottle of formula/breastmilk
The second tip for how to soothe a teething baby would be cold fomula or breastmilk.
The same basic principle of the pacifier in the freezer is applied to a bottle.
The cold helps soothe those sore gums, and what better way than to feed baby a cold bottle.
Now, this would only be an option if you are bottle-feeding. Fear not though, there are still other ways to soothe a teething baby!
3. Sucking on a cold washcloth
The third suggestion for how to soothe a teething baby would be to grab a clean washcloth and put some ice cold water on it.
Then, rub it on baby’s gums or even let him/her suck on the washcloth.
Are you seeing a theme here? Cold is going to be your best friend when it comes to soothing a teething baby.
4. Teething toys
The fourth idea on how to soothe a teething baby is to use toys, but not just any toys…teething toys!
The point of teething toys is that it helps baby break those teeth through their gum. The idea is that the more they are chewing on something, the sooner those teeth will erupt.
Here is a complete list of the best teething toys for baby.
What’s also nice is that you can find these just about anywhere that has a baby section, or a baby dedicated store.
Now, while teething toys are great, your child might also like sucking on their hand too.
It really is a matter of finding what works for your baby and then just repeat, repeat, repeat!
5. Extra cuddles!
When you are faced with the question of how to soothe your baby, this next one might seem like an obvious thing.
Let’s face it, giving baby extra cuddles while they are fussy helps.
Not that you really needed another reason too, but well now you have one!
Give your baby lots of extra cuddles and love and remember that this teething phase will not last forever.
6. Brush those gums
Another way to know how to soothe a teething baby is with a baby toothbrush.
Brushing baby’s gums will not only feel good, but can also help break those teeth through their gums sooner!
Not only that, it is also a great way to get into the habit of good oral care.
This will teach your little one from an early age about brushing their teeth, and hopefully, instill a love of it!
(Not kidding, my daughter loves brushing her teeth, and we started out when she was like 3 months!)
7. Baby Orajel (Benzocaine Free)
Update: If you haven’t heard already, the FDA announced a huge recall of baby orajel due to the safety concerns with benzocaine in it.
You can read the full article here about the recall.
Now, baby orajel was forward-thinking to come up with a benzocaine free cooling gel for teething (pictured below).
It’s also not available everywhere. I guess it will take some time to know if it is helpful in soothing a teething baby.
As parents, we never like seeing our children hurt or in pain.
Sometimes it can be hard to know how to soothe a teething baby but just remember these 6 tips: baby orajel, pacifier in the freezer, cold formula/breastmilk, cold washcloth, teething toys, and extra cuddles.
While teething may last quite some time, it’s important to remember it won’t last forever. I hope this helps you with your teething baby!
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