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6 Ways to Soothe a Teething Tot

Jun 27 2014 - 2:21pm

Swollen gums. Rashes. Fevers. Teething puts your tot through a lot of pain, and as moms, we want to do everything we can to ease it. While we can't stop the teeth from coming in, there are a few things we can do to comfort our little ones. From old-fashioned tricks to tasty treats, here are some ways to successfully soothe your teething tot.

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A Cold Spoon

It may be an old trick, but it works! Place a spoon in the freezer for a few minutes, then give it to your tot to suck on. The combination of the cold and pressure reduces swelling, giving your child some much-needed pain relief.

A Teething Ring

While it won't make the pain disappear completely, a teething ring applies pressure to soothe their sore gums. Check out our favorite rings [2], and find one that best suits your baby.

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Soothing Gels

Gum gels — like this one from Orajel [4] ($9) — are a great way to numb the pain caused by teething. But make sure to skip any products that contain benzocaine, which can reduce oxygen levels in the blood.

A Warm Washcloth

Giving your baby something to gnaw on will take their mind off the pain in their mouth. For added comfort, soak the cloth in chamomile tea, a natural way to calm your tot and lull them to sleep.

A Frozen Treat

If your child's mouth hurts, they may not have much of an appetite. Get them to eat and ease their pain with a frozen, nutritious treat. These easy popsicle recipes [5] use baby-friendly foods, so you know your child will love them!

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A Little Medicine

If your tot is especially bothered by their new teeth, a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen can calm them down. Just make sure to check with your doctor so you give them a safe amount.

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