If there is one word that will strike fear into the hearts of parents everywhere, it is teething. A time when your happy, smiley and lovely little baby becomes something not much different to a horror story. A crying, grumpy mess that simply won’t sleep at night, or even calm down.
Here at Be Belle Boutique, we know only too well the pain of teething, not only for our little people, but for us parents too. This is why we have put together our guide to teething, and how you can try make the ride that little bit easier.
Try and figure out when it may be coming
Having a bit of notice that teething is on its way is a good place to start. Of course, every baby is different and it can be difficult to really pinpoint that they are teething, however, the majority of babies seem to exhibit similar signs. These include:
Warm or flushed cheeks
Dribbling or coughing
Strange nappies and nappy rash that has come out of nowhere
Trouble sleeping, drinking or eating
Behaving clingy or cranky
Pulling at their ear, or chewing their fingers
Build a good teether gang
One way that you can make sure that teething is that little bit easier, is an assortment of teether friends. These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. One of the most popular has to be Sophie the Giraffe, however there are an assortment of other teethers including Matchstick Monkey and Gertie the Good Goose.
But recognise that sometimes your finger works the best
It is one thing to have plenty of teethers for your baby to chew on, but babies often love nothing more than to chew on your finger. Remember to give them a good wash first though, the last thing that you want to do is to pass on any bugs on top of dealing with teething.
Don’t be afraid to use pain relief if you need to
As parents, we want to try and soothe our babies as best we can, often without the need for pain relief. However, sometimes you need to give them something a little more medicinal to help their pain. This comes in the form of a sugar free teething gel which contains a mild local anaesthetic to help numb the pain that they are feeling. However, if this doesn’t work then you could try pain relief medicine such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, although you should never see this is a long term solution.
Give out plenty of cuddles
Getting through teething isn’t easy. Not only for you as the parent but for your little one too. One of the best things that you can do is simply to be there. Giving out plenty of cuddles and kisses. After all, their parent is one person that they can rely on to make them feel better.
If you are both feeling a little down in the dumps, why not take a look through the amazing, unique and affordable baby clothes we have here at Be Belle Boutique and treat them to a nice new outfit?