What to do about teething toddlers

At 15 months I thought the time with a drooling (cute, but agitated) little one on my arm was over. By this time, his smile is blending you with those new shiny teeth and I had put away the teething rings since long ago. Oh dear, being a first-time mom puts you up for some surprises… :)

It started as something we thought was a start of a cold. Or something similar to night-terrors. From being a perfect sleeper Lincoln started waking up in the middle of the night and having a really hard time going back to sleep. During the same period of time, first his thumb, then a few of his other fingers, and then the entire hand was shoved into his mouth.

Linc chewing away

Linc chewing away

In a heartbeat, we were back to t-shirts and sweaters looking like they went through a car-wash before being put on this little human body. Soaking wet. all the time. Hello, big chunky cheek teeth. Did not you’d make such a grand entry into our lives. 

Luckily, I had a few tricks up my sleeve to help ease the itchy gums as the big boys in the back made its entry. Here’s what worked for Lincoln in order to ease the itch and irritation, get his hands out of his mouth, and go back to better nights of sleep. I hope these recommendations can be valuable for other moms to teethers out there 

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4 solutions to itchy teething

1. Teething rings. Get the ones in natural rubber or silicone to make sure they are BPA free and harmless to your child. What got Lincolns attention and truly made him use it was a) interesting shape and b) rubber studs to really help ease the itch

2. Cut 2–3cm thick slices of cucumber and put it in the freezer. Serve and see the relief on baby's face as the gum gets some much-needed cooling. To make sure there are no harmful pesticides or insecticide on it, peel it before freezing.

3. Keep some pacifiers in the freezer so that when baby wakes up, you can easily switch it out for quick relief. For pacifiers, please keep the BPA-free, natural rubber or silicone alternatives in mind as your first choice. Also, make sure there’s no possibility for baby to separate any part of the pacifier if he or she is sleeping with it.

4. Got a small cotton or bamboo towel? Try soaking it in warm or cold water to use as a teether

Long live happy babies, well-rested parents, and itch-free gums!