Remember to always consult your physician before using medications for teething — and stay from old wives' tales like rubbing whiskey on the baby's gums!
One of the first signs of teething is increased fussiness and an abundance of drool. Your baby will also chew on more things, from hard toys to their fingers or fist. Nursing mothers may even feel the baby's teeth during feeding, and for some, silicone nipple shields can help alleviate pain from the tiny teeth.
Other symptoms of teething may be a change in eating patterns or diarrhea, mainly due to the extra saliva that the baby produces. A low-grade fever, under 100 degrees, may also accompany teething. Fever and diarrhea are symptoms that overlap other illnesses besides teething, so it's best to check with your child's pediatrician if they persist, just in case.
Baby teething remedies involve several different easy-to-follow home remedies, and trial and error is often the best way to soothe your baby. Soon, though, this will pass and you'll be feeling more well-rested.
Home remedies for teething babies
Many home remedies involve calming your baby and ensuring that they're comfortable. Some will also help your baby's teeth cut through the gums, alleviating pressure.
Cold helps naturally numb your baby's gums and can be administered either as a small teething ice pack that you rub on their gums or a cold washcloth for baby to chew on. Many baby stores also sell small teething rings that can be placed in the refrigerator, but be careful to inspect before every use for small tears in the seams of the material.
Also, make sure that these teething rings aren't frozen solid but rather chilled, allowing your baby to chew more easily.
Your baby's diminished appetite may be alleviated a little with colder foods that feel good on the gums, such as homemade cold applesauce, cold yogurt, or soft cold fruit. Make sure before introducing any new cold fruits that the pieces are small enough for babies at each stage of development to chew.