5 Tips for Better Sleep with a Teething Baby

Signs of teething can be exciting for a new parent because you know your child’s smile is evolving. Even though you know good things are coming, teething symptoms are not always fun. At Smiles 1st Pediatric Dentistry, our expert pediatric dentists are here to provide pain relief guidance for your baby and stress relief for you while improving your baby’s sleep.

1. Teethers

There are various types of teethers currently on the market. Teethers help your infant combat teething and soothe soreness by applying counter pressure to the gums. Be sure to monitor your child’s use of a teething ring to ensure they do not puncture it.

2. Keep It Cool

Frozen teething rings or cold, wet washcloths can help numb the pain when babies start teething. Put the wet washcloth or teething ring in a clean plastic baggie and place it into the freezer for 30 to 60 minutes before needed to ensure it is cold enough to soothe symptoms.  We recommend all teething methods be used while under direct supervision.

3. Massaging the Gum

This is one of the oldest teething remedies and probably the most simple and natural for a baby. It involves applying pressure on the baby’s gums using a clean finger. The pressure applied helps soothe the gums and ease the pain. Babies naturally want to chew on fingers when they are teething, so this makes perfect sense!

4. Over the Counter Medication

Another option to consider is an over-the-counter medication to ease teething symptoms. Although our dentists recommend medication as a last option, discuss with your child’s pediatrician and pediatric dentist about which medication may work best for your child.

If your child’s pediatrician and pediatric dentist recommend over-the-counter medication, give the appropriate dosage to your child approximately 30 minutes before bedtime to help them drift off to sleep.

5. Maintain a Consistent Bedtime Routine

Remember, teething isn’t forever. Maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is important. Keeping a regular sleep pattern will help your child stay well-rested and comfortable as you both work through this stage in your child’s life.

Ask Your Pediatric Dentist About Pain Relief

At Smiles 1st Pediatric Dentistry, our dental team is here to help you navigate the challenges that come with a teething baby. If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment, contact one of our offices or visit Smiles1stDental.com.

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