Are teethers better option than traditional teething solutions for babies?
Did you know that there are some babies who are born with teeth? What a sight!
But, not all of us are that lucky! In-Fact in most cases, babies start teething in their first year, and you will find soon enough that the pain associated with teething will turn your relaxed baby into a drooling, cranky, hot mess.
Can you blame them? Imagine sharp teeth pushing through the tender tissues of your newborn. It’s uncomfortable to even imagine!
Don’t worry, we have you covered.
There are options beyond the traditional teething solutions that will reduce the inflammation and, are extremely effective and safe.
Classic symptoms and the struggle
The timing varies widely from one baby to another, however, usually, teething starts by the 6th month. The two bottom front teeth, also known as lower-central incisors, will appear first. They are followed by the upper two set of front teeth, termed as upper-central incisors.
Look out for the following symptoms to identify your teething baby:
- Chewing on objects
- Painful or tender gums
- Low-grade rectal fever of 99 F (37.2 C)
Traditional Teething Solution vis-à-vis Teethers
The idea is to apply mild and relaxing pressure on the gums to relieve the pain of the erupting tooth.
Young parents today are in a constant dilemma; Should they use teethers and ditch the traditional solutions or club both the practices for better results?
Well, Traditional teething solutions are age-old remedies that have a mix of over-the-counter medication, massage techniques and home remedies.
However, teethers are chewable toys that are manufactured in various formats like necklaces or mittens, using different materials.
To understand which one works better, let's start with identifying the cause and how to soothe it for your bundle of joy?
Teething remedy #1: Lower inflammation
Inflammation caused due to teething can stimulate nerves that induce pain. For pain relief, it is important to lower the inflammation. This can be achieved by both the traditional methods as well as teethers.
· Follow a low inflammation diet which is devoid of refined sugar, flour, potatoes and dairy. Increase the intake of fresh fruits, vegetables, pastured meat, seafood, eggs and healthy fats like avocado, coconut or butter.
· Lower the stress rate of the baby by feeding them healthy food, allowing enough rest and using breastmilk.
· Teethers help in reducing inflammation by providing mild massaging to the gums when your baby chews on it.
· It also offers soothing properties. The baby feels happy and relaxed when it sucks on something and teethers can do exactly that.
They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and textures that can have a soothing impact on the baby. You can also opt for BPA-free soothers that are specially developed by neonatologists and orthodontists to help soothe, comfort and provide a sense of security to a child.
Teething remedy #2: Cold and pressure
- Cold and pressure have been used since ages to soothe a baby’s aching gums. Cold helps in numbing the painful area and pressure soothes the inflamed nerves. Lookout for safe objects that can be frozen and then used to chew on.
- Every baby has different preferences when it comes to its choice of chewable items. Traditionally, a frozen washcloth, a cold spoon, fruits or vegetables, and natural solid wood toys are used. However, there is always a risk of contamination of these objects along with the risk of injury.
For providing cold and pressure, in my case, I have found there cannot be any better alternative than teethers.
- Teethers come in a variety of formats like Mitts (Mittens) and Silly Beads (teething jewellery), which are made of BPA-free and phthalates-free nontoxic material. These are FDA approved and tested in a lab.
- These teethers can be easily frozen and then used for chewing. This means that they can provide both cold & pressure and can become your baby’s favourite
- Most of the standard teethers are made of silicone which is inherently inert to bacteria, mould and fungi. Additionally, they are odourless and tasteless and can be easily cleaned with fresh water and soap, thus ruling out the chances of any contamination.
Going by the ease of use and effectiveness, teethers are certainly your safest bet. However, if you can club it with the intake of healthy food and breastmilk, it will help you heal your baby faster.