Most babies begin teething closer to about 4 to 8 months. The common symptoms include red and inflamed gums, increased saliva, irritability and moodiness, lack of appetite, and a desire to bite down on almost everything. Here is what to do when your child is teething:
- Give them soft fruits and vegetables to nibble. Carrots, cucumbers, bananas, and celery are good options. Make sure that the fruits/vegetables are cold and cut in small sizes.
- Place the baby’s pacifier or bottle nipple in the freezer and allow it to freeze. Sucking on the cold surface will provide relief to the child.
- One can also give the child an ice towel to toy with. Wrap 2-3 ice cubes in a towel and tie it at the base. Let your baby suck on it for comfort and pain relief.
- Massage your child’s body with clove oil. Also apply a tiny amount to the gums and cheeks.
- One can also apply vanilla extract on the gums for a calming effect.