A baby starts teething from an age of three months and this can continue till it is three years of age. The initiation of teeth is accompanied with a lot of pain, gum swelling, problems while eating and drooling etc.
This new happening in the small life can result in lot of irritation and fussiness accompanied with crying, so much so that putting your baby to sleep may become quite a tall proposition. However, this can still be achieved by applying certain simple techniques.
6 Tips to Help a Teething Baby Sleep
Keep a Soothing Environment
A child in a cranky and fussy mood needs to relax completely in order to feel better. So, it is important that you provide the right environment to relax and unwind and get a soundless undisturbed sleep. Try to maintain this sense of calmness and well-being all through the day. A proper amount of sleep will really uplift the mood and decrease the fussiness. Sometimes music can also sooth the frayed nerves of your baby and make it go to sleep soundly.
The Right Food for Gum Problems
Take care not to give food that may cause some unnecessary pain and increase the crankiness. Only soft and extremely easy to eat foods must be given especially during the night otherwise inflammation of the gum may occur. Mashed vegetable will be the best option for dinnertime and if you cannot think about anything else to give just go for plain and simple baby food to cater to the meal requirements. Teething rings help with the problem to some extent but their use should be restricted to the daytime only. Otherwise your baby may create up much fuss and will be unable to get the right amount of sleep.
Stick to the Timetable of the Baby
Whatever may be the problem keep the day and nighttime sleeping schedule as it is and make your baby sleep during those fixed hours. Even a fussy baby when brought to the sleeping area during nap time may become relaxed and restful before dropping off to sleep.
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Prevent the Development of Rashes due to all that Drooling
Many babies develop rashes in the chin and neck area due to the continued presence of drool coming out from the mouth. To prevent this you may place a soft cloth in the chin area while your baby is sleeping in order to absorb all the dripping moisture. Another way is to apply some emollient on the affected area to give a soothing effect and reduce irritation and helping your baby to sleep soundly enough.
Take Care of the Diarrhea
Sometimes the teething baby may swallow the spit instead of getting it out in the natural progression. This will lead to diarrhea and therefore interference with the sleep pattern. Therefore, it is important to consult a pediatrician to treat the problem in an effective manner.
Certain pain relief medications also help to alleviate the teething problem and help your baby to sleep soundly.