Is your baby showing the classic-teething signs that we mentioned above? If yes, then his aching gums may be the reason why he is unable to sleep at night, and it is time to do something about it.
To help struggling moms and teething babies finally get some rest, we have put together a list of fool-proof methods to soothe your baby’s gum pain and help him fall asleep at night. These methods are approved by mothers around the globe who have seen noticeable improvements in their children’s sleeping patterns after trying them.
Step 1: Start with a gentle massage
Before putting your baby in his crib, gently massage his sore gums with clean fingers to alleviate some of the pain. Your gentle fingers will instantly calm him down and put him to sleep in no time. If he/she wakes up again during the night, make sure to repeat the massaging process until he is able to fall back to sleep.
Putting slight pressure on an infant’s gums with a damp gauze pad can also soothe the aching gums and relieve some of the pain at night.
Step 2: Apply cold pressure
Nothing works better on sore gums than pressure from a cool object such as a wet cloth to reduce some of the swellings in your baby’s teething gums.
To give your baby’s gums a soothing massage, take a clean soft cloth and a bowl of slightly cool water. Carefully place the baby in his crib and soak the cloth in the water for a few seconds. Squeeze the excess water from the cloth before gently placing it on your baby’s sore gums and applying slight pressure to alleviate the pain.
Step 3: Let your baby munch a little
Chewing on solid foods such as apple, carrot or cucumber can be good to relieve gum pain for your teething baby. The added pressure on the gums from these foods can also aid in reducing gum swelling and strengthening infant’s teeth over time. Let your baby munch on small pieces of fruit or vegetable throughout the day to help him sleep better at night.
Tip: Giving your baby a piece of slightly cold carrot or apple before bedtime can act as a soothing agent to reduce gum swelling.
Step 4: Use teething toys
Teething toys including chew rings, amber necklaces, and other fabric teethers are a great way to soothe your baby’s aching gums. Let your little one play with his favorite chew toys throughout the day but take extra caution with letting him play with toys that could pose a strangulation or choking hazard, especially when they are not under direct adult supervision. Hence, it is advisable to not let a baby sleep with any of the teething toys since they could pose a threat to his well-being.
Step 5: Make your baby feel more comfortable at night
Keeping your baby warm and cozy at night can help them fall asleep easily and get uninterrupted rest – which means more sleep for moms! Investing in a good quality sleep sack for your baby can make a huge difference in his sleep patterns and help him stay comfortable at night. Don’t know which sleep sack to buy for your little one? Check out our list of best sleep sacks for babies for more information on sleeping products that are worth investing in for your infant.
Step 6: Try over-the-counter teething remedies
If your child is in excessive pain and none of the remedies mentioned above seems to be working, it’s time to take a step further and consult your pediatrician regarding over-the-counter painkillers that could work in alleviating some of the discomforts for your infant. Avoid the temptation to self-medicate your baby since certain painkillers containing chemicals like Benzocaine may work on adults but can be toxic to children, causing a rare condition called methemoglobinemia which restricts blood’s oxygen supply. Homeopathic gels and creams that have not been approved by FDA should be avoided at all costs