How To Help Your Child Through Teething

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

Additional Information:

Most babies will begin to experience teething pain at around 6 months of age, and it can become quite the test for new parents. Mothers and fathers will notice that they baby will begin drooling, chewing on objects, experience tender gums as well as become more irritable than normal. Although this period during the baby's life can be quite a challenge, there are several things parents can do to help the child through this troubling time.

Teething Jewellery

A current trend in fashion is for mothers to purchase jewellery for babies. This teething cure is not actually jewellery that the child wears, but rather jewellery that the child is allowed to chew on. The jewellery is made from a high quality silicone and from colourings that is safe for the child to chew on. The jewellery is in many times safe to be washed in the dishwasher, allowing for very easy use by the parents. The idea of teething necklace or jewellery is relatively new, but has made huge waves in the child industry in recent times. It is quite likely that jewellery for babies will further increase in the coming years as more and more mothers adopt the idea and incorporate it into their own fashion.

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

Relieving Pain

Many parents have found success by simply gently rubbing the gums of their teething baby. You should always make sure that your finger is clean prior to doing this. The pressure from your finger can help to ease the pain that the baby is feeling. Depending on the age of the child, introducing hard foods into their diet can also help relieve the pain that they are feeling. The baby will be able to chew on the food, much in the same way that he or she will seek out hard plastic or hard items to chew on. If your child is ready for hard foods, you can begin with trying a cucumber or carrot. If you do try this approach, keep a close eye on the baby to make sure he or she does not choke on a large piece that could break off.

Reducing Irritation

Make sure to clean drool from the baby as the drool can further irritate the skin. This will of course only lead to more pain for the baby. Cleaning can be done through the use of a clean cloth that can be used to dry off the baby's chin.

These strategies combined with a teething necklace will help make sure that your baby eases through the process of teething. There is no telling how long the entire process will take, but like any good parent you should do what you can to help your child through it.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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