Tooth development typically occurs between the ages of the five and seven months. Those pearly whites don’t come easy: at this time, your little one will likely experience increased drooling, discomfort, and difficulty sleeping. As a parent, it’s up to you to be aware of your child’s progress and help limit potential pain during this period. Consider the following techniques in aiding the teething process and helping those teeth develop as seamlessly as possible:
- Wash cloth: Freezing a wash cloth is a classic technique during the teething stage. The soft, pliable material of a wash cloth offers plenty of real estate to chomp on. Consider dousing the wash cloth in apple juice before freezing. This will provide a much better flavor during your little one’s time spent chewing away.
- Frozen fruit: The many potential forms of frozen fruit lend themselves well to the alleviation of sore gums and the incessant need to chew. Consider placing cut up slices of fruit directly onto wax paper and freezing. Conversely, pureeing fruits or dispensing pre-packaged fruit puree into ice trays, freezing, and then giving a cold cube to your child to suck and chew on is a further option. These techniques allow your little one to work through teething pains while enjoying a healthy snack.
- Toothbrush: This idea is ideal for little ones who dislike cold or frozen items. For those with an aversion to chilly sensations, the soft bristles of a toothbrush provide a feasible alternative, particularly during molar development. Chewing on the bristles can provide relief to the increased desire to be constantly biting.
Teething can be stressful for little ones and their families. As a parent, it can be difficult to watch your child undergo so much discomfort. These techniques, however, are proven to help limit these growing pains and provide as much ease as possible during a typically challenging stage. At the end, though, your child will come out with a set of pearly whites and beautiful smile, making the saliva, tears, and constant chewing all worth it in the end!