6 Reasons Why Teething is Best Served Cold
At between 4 and 7 months, your little one may begin to sprout their first tooth. While this is a milestone that should be celebrated, it may also be the beginning of a period of discomfort for your child. Some signs to look out for to tell you that the teething process has begun include:
- Excessive drooling
- Sensitive gums
- More irritability than usual
- A tendency to want to gnaw or chew things
- Not wanting to eat
- Sleeping problems
While some parents also claim their child experiences a fever, runny nose or diarrhoea (or a mix of these symptoms), there’s no scientific proof that these symptoms are caused by teething – your little one’s temperature may become elevated, but not to the point of getting a fever.
A lot of these – included the increased temperature – can be soothed using simple homemade remedies. Check out these cool (literally!) teething hacks to help your little one deal with the swelling and discomfort; you can even use them the next time you feel a toothache coming on!
Cool as a Cucumber (Slice):
Cut up cucumbers and freeze them. Cucumbers have anti-swelling properties, so they’re good for a chew!
Pacify to Satisfy:
Put your little one’s favourite teether in water, let it soak, and freeze it. Any time your little one gets irritable, just pop it in their mouths
A Cold, Cold Drink:
Water, fruit juice and even breast milk can be frozen and turned into a soothing solution for teething. Slightly thaw and for best effects, serve in a sippy cup for extra chewy goodness.
Carrots are Gold:
Cold carrots are a real treasure trove of relief; they’re natural, healthy, crunchy, and perfect for any teething occasion.
Just Spoon It In:
Who knew something as simple as a cold spoon could work such wonders? A frozen spoon is easy to hold and stays chilled longer; and you can have plenty stocked up in reserve!
It’s OK to Go Soft:
Cold soft foods like yoghurt are great for relief – and as an enjoyable snack.