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Teething symptoms & soothing teething pain in babies

Team AckoFeb 8, 2024

Teething in babies usually happens when they are near their first year or for some when they are 6 months old. It varies from baby to baby as for some, teething starts early and for some, it takes its own sweet time to show up. Let’s talk about some of the best home remedies for teething babies that will help you to take their journey forward happily.



    Symptoms of teething in babies:

    Every baby’s development and growth is much different from the other. So, you really can’t compare the two and reach a conclusion. Early symptoms of teething include: 

    • Swollen red gums

    • Pain in gums

    • Irritation 

    • Excessive drooling 

    • There might be sleeplessness as well due to pain in the gums 

    • Decreased appetite

    • Constantly pulling ears or rubbing nose for no reason 

    So, just look out for these signs and gear up for the teething process in your baby.

    Some babies might suffer from loose motions or fever during the teething process but just make sure by consulting the doctor that this is the reason behind all these changes in your baby. Fever could be seasonal and loose motions might be an indication of some infection.

    Tips to soothe teething pain in babies:

    It is very difficult for a mother and a baby to pass smoothly through the teething phase. So, it is a good idea to know about some home remedies that will help you and your baby sail through this process with some ease.

    Teether or banana

    A cold teether or banana proves to be helpful in soothing the painful gums of your baby as it provides relief for some time from the pain. Keep it in the fridge for some time to make it cold. Make sure that the teether is properly sterilized so that your baby can chew that for some time. A banana is definitely healthy and sweet for your child as she will chew it for a long time and that will be a sweet treat for her as well.

    Gentle massage

    A gentle massage on your child’s gums will give her much needed relief from the pain. Just wash your hands well before placing your finger in her mouth and make sure that your nails are also cut and properly filed. Then put a little pressure on your baby’s gums and massage them gently for some time. She will get a soothing effect for sure.

    Grandma’s Tip: Try clove oil! It is known for its soothing and numbing effect on the pain during a toothache. It proves beneficial for soothing the teething pain as well. Just take 2 drops of clove oil and dilute it completely by adding in 2 tbsp of water to it. Mix it well and apply this mixture on your baby’s gums 3-4 times in a day. This will also give much-needed respite from teething pain.

    Cold Spoon

    Keeping a steel spoon in the freezer and then placing in your baby’s mouth is indeed an effective remedy for your teething baby as the cold temperature soothes the pain in the gums and gives a numbing effect to them. This gives a relief to your baby and you need to give a medium size smooth steel spoon that can just go easy on the gums. Make sure that you do not leave your child unattended when the spoon is in her mouth. Keep a close eye for sure!

    Cold towel

    Place a sterilized and soft towel in the freezer, take it out after some time. Now massage it on the gums of your baby and make sure she is comfortable when you are doing this. It should not be too cold for your child. Just keep rotating it on the gums of your baby for some time and make sure that the cloth is absolutely clean.

    Keep your baby busy

    It is very important to distract the mind of your baby by keeping her busy in playful activities. This will help her forget the pain for at least some time. And you can also soothe your baby by singing a nice soothing song or playing soothing music around her. All she needs is the warmth of your arms and your soothing lullaby.

    Things to keep in mind during your baby’s teething phase: 

    Teething in babies is indeed a very painful process but with these handy tips, this process will be a smooth journey for you and your baby.

    1. Keep a soft towel handy for wiping off excess saliva from your baby’s skin as this might lead to skin irritation.

    2. Make sure that the teether or a spoon is clean and properly sterilized.

    3. Do not give freezing cold fruits, teether or spoon to your baby. It should be cold enough that your baby can put in her mouth easily.

    4. Keep a close eye on your baby when there is something in her mouth to avoid choking.

    These helpful home remedies will indeed make the journey of teething babies simple and smooth with less fuss and pain.

    Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only, based on industry experience and secondary sources. It is not a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a qualified expert for health or insurance-related decisions. Content is subject to change, refer to current policy wordings for specific ACKO details.



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