Friday, July 13, 2012

Teething Pain Relief

Poor Mercedes is having a rough teething day. It's been nearly two years of watching her struggle with those nasty teething pains and helping her through the sleepless nights, rashes, swollen gums, meltdowns, loss of appetite, diarrhea, fevers, and all the other rotten symptoms that go along with teething. I wish I could do it for her. I wish I could take her pain away. I can't, but over the past two years I have learned a few tricks to ease the pain.

1. Ice cube in a wet wash cloth. The cold plus the pressure relieves the pain

2. Teething toys. There are a million different ones to choose from, but Mercedes does best with the ones that vibrate or the ones with water inside that you put in the refrigerator.

3. Homeopathic pain relievers. I am not a fan of baby orajel or baby tylenol, but there are many other pain relievers with natural ingredients that are gentler and safer for babies. We use a brand called "Kids Relief". They have a medicine specifically for teething and a medicine for pain and fever relief. They work wonders for Mercedes. We also use Hyland's teething gel which is also made with natural ingredients.

4. Chamomile tea. It is a mild sedative to help Mercedes sleep and it's also a pain reliever. We let her drink it warm or freeze it into popsicles.

5. Distractions. On rough teething days, playing is hard and frustrating for Mercedes. She likes to be distracted by calm activities, like watching movies or reading stories.

6. Extra love. I try to remember that she is feeling truly miserable. I ignore the tempter tantrums and disobedience and try to give her extra love, kisses and cuddle and have a little extra patience.

7. Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces. Make sure you have a legit Baltic Amber necklace, not a pretty necklace with fake stones. The babies/toddlers wear them around their necks during the day and around their ankles at night. The stones need to be touching their skin at all times so the natural healing oils have a chance to rub into their skin. This helps them sleep at night and relieves the teething pain. 

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