Is your baby showing you distress because those cute little white baby teeth are coming in? It’s only natural for you parents to want to relieve his or her discomfort, sore gums, and restlessness. The FDA (U.S.A. Food and Drug Administration) states that anything too cold put into baby’s mouth can hurt baby’s gums even more to include frostbite! We don’t want that. I recall putting ice cubes in my mouth during hot summer days, and indeed, I was in pain from frostbite because it was too cold! A condition called Popsicle Panniculitis can happen, the same feeling an adult can have when sucking on a popsicle and it sticks to their tongue. Remember that feeling? It’s not too common but will show inflammation of adipose (fat) tissue due to the cold condition in the mouth. Baby’s cheeks will become red too. It is not harmful and can last a few weeks.
Substitutes for Ice Cubes
Rather than giving your baby or young toddler ice cubes, massage their gums with a clean finger with a little pressure for a few minutes. A gentle massage several times a day can relieve pain.
Wet the baby’s wash cloth that has been chilled in the fridge, but not too cold. You can cool or freeze baby’s food to sooth gums shown here.
Teething toys, rings, and other items are playful for the young ones and they will put into their mouths like they do everything else to reduce pain.
You could use a mesh feeder that you fill with soft chilled foods. They are inexpensive, and you can buy them for about $10 or less on Amazon.com®.
These handheld fruit holders being chilled will pacify and quiet your baby’s tender gums with the impulse to bite down.
Be sure to check on your little one to be sure he or she doesn’t choke using the items listed. If your baby runs a fever higher that 101-degrees F., be sure to contact your pediatrician because it could be unrelated to teething, especially if baby has diarrhea.
Crackers and Toast for Teething
Your baby always wants food in his or her mouth whether there are no teeth or a few bottom teeth. It’s cute to watch them gummy their food. Teething biscuits, such as Zwieback (Rusk Bread) is what my mom gave all of us kids. She said we enjoyed our slobbering mess! These are safe for first foods to keep your baby’s gums soothed and keep him amused usually around 8- to 10-months old. You will know—by this age they have doubled in weight, can control their own neck and head, and can sit up so he or she can sit in a highchair now. At this age, baby will let you know by not eating and usually moving his head from side to side that he or she is full. He or she will let you know he’s hungry when the family sits down to eat. Soft foods, such as rice cereal is a good first food. Biscuits for teething can be added.
Teething biscuits, such as Zwieback, don’t crumble and crack; they dissolve to a soft consistency as your baby is putting them between his gums. This is a safe way to give your baby gum pain relief. If your baby has a few teeth, the biscuits will help him strengthen his jaw and soothe his sore tender gums at the same time. Buy biscuits with no sugar or low sugar, but not fake sugar.
Appropriate Snacks When Teething
Try out a teething biscuit yourself to see that it dissolves rather than breaking into pieces, cracking, or crumbling when in your mouth. You can also give your baby toast, low sodium crackers, graham crackers, or even a piece of a soft tortilla. Potato chips, corn chips, and pretzels are not good for baby.
Put your baby in his highchair or his booster seat when he’s eating making sure he is secure. Try giving him a teething biscuit and if he refuses, try another day. At this time, baby can hold the biscuit himself.
Your baby will be grateful when you find the best way for soothing his or her gums. With a happy baby, you can get some rest from the crying and fitful sleep he or she has. Gums hurt! Soon your baby’s teeth will all be in and then your baby can enjoy more solid foods. This will be a less fretful time for your older baby.