1. Rub Your Baby’s Gums
Use a clean finger or moistened gauze pad to rub your baby’s gums. The pressure can ease your baby’s discomfort.
2. Keep It Cool
A cold washcloth, spoon or chilled teething ring can be soothing on a baby’s gums. Don’t give your baby a frozen teething ring, however.
3. Try Hard Foods
If your baby is eating solid foods, you might offer something edible for gnawing — such as a peeled and chilled cucumber or carrot. Keep a close eye on your baby, however. Any pieces that break off might pose a choking hazard.
4. Peeled Ginger Root
Ginger is a natural anti inflammatory that helps to relieve teething pain by soothing the nerve endings in the gums. For the strongest effect, rub a slice of peeled ginger over your baby’s gums for 2-3 minutes.
5. Freeze A Wash Cloth
Freeze a damp washcloth and let your baby chew on it for a cool, numbing sensation. For some variety, you can tie one end in a knot before freezing, or soak the cloth in chamomile tea instead of water.
6. Mesh Teethers with Frozen Fruit
If teething is making feeding a challenge, other helpful remedies can be found right in your own kitchen. Try wrapping some frozen fruit in a clean washcloth or handkerchief. While he’s biting through your chilled homemade teether, the sweet tastes could get him interested in eating again. For a convenient substitute, check out mesh teethers.
7. Raid The Fridge
Chilled foods such as yogurt or applesauce can be a tasty way to gently numb sore gums. For babies and toddlers eating solids, gnawing crunchy cold foods, such as celery, carrots, and even watermelon rinds can be perfect for putting pressure on swollen gums. Just make sure that your baby doesn’t bite off chunks too big to manage.