How to Soothe Your Baby’s Teething Pains

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soothe-your-baby's-teething-painsHas your baby been drooling, chewing on solid objects, and acting very irritable?  He’s probably started teething.  According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (APD), babies can start teething as early as three months old, although most begin at six months old.

As the teething process progresses, you will notice two bottom center teeth appear first followed by the two top center teeth. Believe it or not, by the age of three, your child will have a full set of 20 baby teeth. These teeth are important because they serve as placeholders for your child’s permanent teeth. In addition, they help your child chew food and speak clearly.

Listening to your child crying while getting his baby teeth is painful. You feel helpless. Should you put whiskey on his gums like your mother did to you? For the safety of your baby, don’t do this.  Follow these tips to soothe your baby’s teething pains, instead.

Best Ways to Soothe Your Baby’s Teething Pains

  • Use a soft moistened washcloth or your clean finger to gently rub your baby’s gums at least twice a day preferably after feedings and before bedtime. This will remove any bacteria that might cling to his gums.
  • Give your child something cold to chew on such as a chilled teething ring, cold washcloth, or spoon. Don’t ever give him something frozen to chew on because extreme cold can hurt rather than soothe your baby’s gums.  A cold, peeled carrot, celery stalk, plum, or mini bagel will also provide relief from the teething pain.
  • Wipe any drool from your baby’s face so a rash doesn’t develop. You may want to apply a water-based cream or lotion, also.
  • Some children go through worse teething episodes than others. If your baby is very irritable, talk to your pediatrician to see what over- the-counter pain killer you can administer to him. Never rub a topical pain reliever on your child’s gums because his saliva will wash it away and it may be harmful to him.
  • If your baby is using a pacifier, don’t take it away during his teething period. You may be sorry if you do!

Don’t you wish there were a tooth fairy to come and ease your little-one’s teething pains? Unfortunately, she only comes around when the baby teeth fall out. In the meantime, just follow our tips to soothe your baby’s teething pains and, hopefully, you will both get a good night’s sleep.

 

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Promoting Consistent Sleep Habits for Your Baby

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promoting-consistent-sleep-habits-for-your-babyIt’s 6 am and you feel exhausted. You were up all night for the past week with your two-month-old baby. How will you get everything you planned to do today completed? What’s a sleepy parent to do? Here are a few ideas to help you and your baby sleep through the night.

Suggestions for Promoting Consistent Sleep Habits for Your Baby

Your baby can develop good night-time sleep habits from as early as six weeks. You’ll need to work on his daytime sleeping patterns as well. Sleep is good for your child’s growth and development. During your baby’s first six to eight weeks, he most likely won’t be able to stay up for more than two hours at a time. Waiting too much longer to put him to bed will cause him to be overtired and fussy.

Generally, babies aged four months old to one year take a nap in the morning and afternoon for a total of three or four hours during the day. One-year-old babies and toddlers usually transition to one nap in the afternoon. Make this nap an early afternoon one so your baby will be tired by bedtime.

Notice signs that indicate your baby is sleepy during his first three months:

 Yawning and stretching

Rubbing his eyes

Crying easily

Playing with his ears

Fussiness

Laying his head down

Becoming quiet and still

Not interested in his toys

Turning his face away from people

If you observe any of these signs during the day, put your baby into his crib for a nap.

Teach your baby the difference between day and night

Start promoting consistent sleeping habits for your baby when he’s as young as two weeks old by doing the following:

When your child first awakens, change him into the clothes he’ll be wearing that day.

Interact with him in play as much as you can.

Make sure your house is light and bright

Get him accustomed to background noises. The sound of the washer, television or vacuum cleaner will keep him awake.
When feeding him during the day, try to keep him awake talking or singing to him. If he does start to nod off, gently wake him.

Before putting him to sleep at night, stay as quiet as possible when you feed him.  Set a relaxing mood by keeping the lights in his room dim. Change him into his pajamas so he understands it’s the end of the day and time for sleep.

Let your baby fall asleep by himself

When your infant is between six and weight weeks old, start encouraging him to fall asleep on his own. Place him into his crib on his back while he is awake, but drowsy. Leave the room and see what happens. He may cry for a while and then fall soundly asleep. If you consistently follow this procedure, you ‘ll be setting his sleep schedule.

If he continues to cry, you’ll need to rock him for a while to settle him. Although some baby experts are against rocking infants to sleep, you’ll need to establish your own routine by rocking him the first few nights. Remember that you don’t want him to expect you to rock him every evening.

Following these suggestions for promoting consistent sleep habits for your baby are key to getting a good night’s rest for your baby and you. Do you have any tips that you used to develop consistent sleep habits?  Leave a comment and let us know.


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