When babies start teething, they become cranky and uncooperative. To make things worse, they can’t communicate precisely what the problem is. Your baby will tell you in various ways that something is wrong, and you have to decode their signals and find out the cause behind their discomfort.
The pain of Teething can be very uncomfortable and problematic for parents and their babies. Their gums are tender and swollen, and they itch a lot. The first baby’s teeth will come through around six months, but some babies get their incisors sooner than others. Read further to know how to help your baby sleep while teething.
When does Teething start?
Although a rare phenomenon, some babies are born with natal teeth. Normal Teething starts around 4-6 months, while some babies may start teething after 12 months.
Baby Teething Symptoms
You should check your baby’s mouth for signs like
- redness in the gums
- sore gums
- swollen gums
You should also check for other teething symptoms, like if your baby is
- Drooling excessively
- chewing on their hands and lips
These are the most common signs found in teething babies. Some people argue that diarrhea is also a teething symptom. However, there is no hard evidence that supports this.
Some Effective ways to help your baby sleep while teething
Massaging your Baby’s Gums with Finger
Massaging your baby’s gums with your finger around the areas where the teeth are coming in can help to ease the pain. Gently massage your baby’s gums in a circular motion for around five minutes daily. Make sure you do this with a clean finger and are not pressing on the gums too hard. Doing this should help reduce the pain your baby is experiencing.
Safely Numb the Gums
Safely numb the gums before bedtime by using numbing gels. Some parents have found that sticking their finger in ice cream and letting their baby suck on it helps reduce discomfort as well.
Give your Baby Chilled, Soft food to Chew on.
When babies are sick, eating a warm meal can be highly uncomfortable. Eating something cold can help to ease the pain while teething. Try giving your baby ice to chew on. You can also put frozen vegetables or fruits like bananas in a mesh teether toy. You can also try frozen bags of rice or beans. Your baby can then chew on these when they are teething. Be sure to keep the cold items that your baby chews on clean.
Avoid giving your baby the items in your refrigerator because they may contain harmful bacteria.
Humidify the Air in your Home
A humidifier in your baby’s room can help them sleep better at night. Babies may also be restless when their gums are less dry. You can also use this humidifier to make the air in your home more comfortable for your baby during the day. Dry air can irritate your baby’s gums and skin. This may cause them to be more uncomfortable during Teething. Additionally, the moisture from a humidifier can help relieve your baby’s stuffy nose while teething.
Comfort your Baby with a Cool Washcloth
Because of Teething, the baby may experience a fever. You can place a cool or damp washcloth on your baby’s forehead and back of the neck to help with the swelling and pain. Ensure you wring out the washcloth, so it is not dripping wet and irritating your baby’s skin. If you notice your baby scratching their face and biting their nails, put mittens on their hands and a band on their wrists to prevent them from doing so.
Rock or Swing your Baby while Singing a Song to Help them Fall Asleep
You don’t want to put your baby to sleep in pain because they will stay awake and be even more irritated. However, if they are already asleep, you may be able to wake them up by singing to them and rocking or swinging them.
However, be sure to pick a song that is short enough to finish before your baby wakes up. You can also use a baby swing to help your baby sleep. If you choose to do this, be sure to put your baby in the swing while they are awake.
Offer a Small Dose of Pain Relievers for Temporary Pain Relief
You can give your baby a correct dose of pain reliever like acetaminophen to help with the pain. The amount of acetaminophen you give your baby depends on their age and weight. Make sure you follow the bottle instructions for the correct dosage.
You should never give your infant ibuprofen or other medications without talking to your doctor first. These medications can cause serious side effects in infants. Avoid using homeopathic teething tablets as well, as they may pose a serious risk to infants.
Never Try Natural Home Remedies
There are several home remedies that people swear work for teething. But unfortunately, there is not enough evidence that these work. Avoid giving your natural baby remedies like sugar-free gum, honey, or frozen carrots because there is not enough evidence. There have even been cases where these have caused harm to babies. If unsure what will help your baby, talk to your pediatric dentist or sleep consultant? They can recommend safe ways to help your baby feel better while teething.
Do Not Disturb their Regular Bedtime Routine
Try keeping up your baby’s bedtime routine as much as possible. It can help them feel more comfortable and secure, making it easier to sleep at night.
Use a Dark Sleeping Environment with White Noise
One way to help your baby sleep and reduce pain while Teething is by using a dark sleeping environment with white noise and a lovey. If your baby is over 12 months old, continue these methods. For example, if they are in their room, use blackout curtains or blinds on windows so the light doesn’t come through and disturb them. In addition, use noise machines or soft sounds (like running water) to create white noise that will help mask other noises like dishes being washed or cars driving by outside.
Try out Teething Baby Rings
Teething rings are an excellent way for your baby to chew on something calm and soothing. You can put the rings in the freezer or run them under cool water to make them extra soft. Make sure the teething ring is made of safe material for your baby to chew on. There are also teething rings made from natural materials that are safe for your fussy baby to chew on. You can also buy teething toys where you can put the ring. This can make the teething ring harder to lose or swallow.
FAQs on How to Help your Teething Baby Sleep
Is the Nighttime Trouble due to Teething Pain?
If your child is between 4-6 months and has other signs of Teething, then the reason behind the night trouble is teething pain. The baby is more disturbed at night because they have lower pain tolerance.
What is the Duration of Teething Pain?
The teething pain occurs in periods and lasts until your little one reaches 2-3 years.
Is Fever or Diarrhea due to Teething?
During Teething, your baby may have a slightly high temperature. However, it won’t be a fever cause it is below 38 °C. There is no hard evidence of a relationship between Teething and diarrhea. However, if your baby has a fever, vomits, or has diarrhea, you are strongly advised to consult the baby’s pediatrician.
Why is Teething Crying Worse at Night?
Teething pain is the main culprit behind nighttime fussiness and causes more discomfort to your child because the pain tolerance is lower at night. The second reason can be sleep deprivation due to your baby’s teething pain.
What is the Maximum Time for a Tooth to Break Through Gums?
There is not any exact figure for the time required. However, it is estimated that it may take around eight days.
What Should I do if my Child’s Discomfort Lasts Long?
Consult a doctor if your child’s discomfort lasts longer than eight days (average teething period), as it may be caused by something else.
Should I Give Teething Tablets to my Baby?
No, you should not. These tablets may risk your child’s health. In addition, you should avoid giving them to your teething baby.