It’s 3am and your toddler starts crying. After a few minutes, you go in and the poor little one is flushed, drooling and whimpering . No, it’s not fever. It’s molars. For a few days, it’s probable that your sunny toddler is going to be a little dark rain cloud. Luckily, there are tons of ways you can help lessen his pain.
Here are five simple methods to help you get started and get your sweetheart back to normal more swiftly.
1. Something to Chew On
At this stage, avoid sticking your finger in your tot’s mouth. Instead, dip a cloth in cold water and let him chew on it. Also, if you still have teething rings, put one in the fridge, not the freezer, or give it to him at room temperature. Other chewing alternatives include:
- Celery, or a favorite fruit, cold
- Hard pieces of bagel
- A refrigerated spoon
The pressure and the coolness are often just what a teething tot needs. You can also use teething toys made from natural materials such as bamboo.
2. Something Cool to Drink
Sometimes, even a cool water will help with teething. If your tot is really upset, be sure to snuggle him a lot and give him cold milk in his favorite bottle to make him feel relaxed. Cool, soft foods, like yogurt or applesauce, can also provide some relief.
3. Take Care of Drool
Drool can lead to rash and infection, both in his mouth and on his tender skin. Wipe it away regularly to keep his mouths clean and dry. That way you can help avoid causing any unnecessary pain. This may also be something to ask your child’s dentist about.
4. Natural Pain Relief
If you want to avoid synthetic chemicals and go with natural remedies only, consider trying homeopathic remedies such as Hyland’s teething tablets. Essential oils such as lavender, clove or orange oil can also help soothe the gums by acting as an anesthetic; just deposit a drop of your preferred essential oil in coconut oil and rub it gently on his gums. If you heard or were recommended to use an amber teething necklace as another means of natural pain relief, be aware that there’s no medical evidence proving that the succinic acid from the amber beads works as a natural painkiller. At the same time, amber beads pose safety risks to your child and most pediatricians simply don’t recommend using them.
5. The Big Guns
Teething gels provide a localized anesthetic, but avoid products containing the ingredient benzocaine. Children’s ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also provide relief and sound sleep, but always check with your doctor for the correct dosage. However, make sure that you don’t give your child aspirin.
Once it’s over, schedule a dental appointment. Dentistry for children and adolescents is incredibly important and should begin from the moment the first tooth appears. With regular checkups you can make sure that your children are getting all the proper help they need.
We hope your sunny toddler will return using some of our helpful tips. Probably not for long, as three-year molars are just around the corner. For more information about caring for baby teeth, see our article Baby Dental Care. To get the full scope about baby and toddler care, see our article Healthy Baby and Toddler Checklist.