Teething toddler

How to Help Your Teething Toddler

Posted on January 24, 2019 : Posted in Legacy Academy, Parenting Tips
Teething toddler

Thankfully, teething is a short-term problem. While many babies begin teething as early as 4 months old, by the time a child is a toddler they won’t be getting teeth as frequently. Sometime between 18 months old and two and a half, toddlers typically get the 2-year molars. Comforting a teething toddler can be stressful for parents. Symptoms of teething include a runny nose, discomfort, restlessness, and irritability. These difficult moments make continuing a normal routine tough for many families. Here are some suggestions to help you soothe your teething toddler.

Popsicles and Cold Drinks

Since cold temperatures ease pain, cold foods and drinks can soothe a teething toddler’s aching gums. Cold drinks, such as ice water or non-caffeinated iced tea, are good options. Even better, a popsicle or frozen treat takes longer to consume and can make direct contact with the aching gums. If you are concerned about the sugar in popsicles, you can make your own with 100% fruit juice, either diluted or full-strength.

Firm Fruits and Veggies

Since your toddler’s teeth are working on breaking through his or her gums, your toddler may show a desire to chew or rub things on the gums in that area. Giving your child firm fruits and vegetables is a good way to let them fulfill that desire while keeping other non-sanitary things out of their mouths. Examples of foods to use include apple slices, carrots, and celery.

Toddler Teethers

There are many options for toddler teethers on the market, in every form from rings to necklaces. You can choose whichever form works best for your family, or even several different types for various scenarios. Some teethers can be placed in the freezer so that they carry the added benefit of cold to numb the gums. If you don’t want to purchase teethers specifically for your toddler in the short time he is getting molars, a cold, wet washcloth is a good alternative. The cold numbs pain while the texture of the washcloth is satisfying for your child to chew on.

Extra Cuddles

It’s important to remember that your child’s teething is uncomfortable and unsettling for them. They do not understand why they have pain in their mouths, nor do they know that it has a useful purpose. For this reason, it is important to be as gentle and patient as possible. If you know your child is teething, try to set aside extra time for cuddles, reading stories, and singing songs. Staying connected to your child’s feelings and struggles will help you be sympathetic while also letting them know that you are there to help them.

Beware Choking Hazards

One important note about safety: while it is helpful to offer your teething toddler things to chew on to ease their pain, be aware of the danger of choking. Never give your child anything to chew on that has small parts or could be bitten into small pieces and choked on. Additionally, while frozen fruit and hard vegetables can feel good to chew on, frozen berries or grapes are choking hazards due to their size and shape. If you are unsure if something is a choking risk, it is wise to find an alternative rather than take the risk.

A teething toddler is a challenge for all parents. However, with these small tricks up your sleeve, you can help your toddler through the discomfort of teething. While nothing can completely remove the symptoms of teething, it helps to remember that this is only a phase and soon your son or daughter will have a lovely new set of molars! Are you looking for childcare that will support you through the many milestones of a child’s life? Legacy Academy Suwanee is Suwanee’s best preschool. Call or visit today to learn more.