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06th May 2018

Teething troubles? 5 easy ways to soothe your baby’s sore gums

We've all been there.
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“It’s breaking my heart.”

Like many mums, Serena Williams has struggled to comfort her daughter while teething.

Yes, the new mum yesterday took to Instagram to ask other parents for advice on how to help her daughter Alexis Olympia now she’s teething.

The mum-of-one shared a picture of the three-month-old on Instagram, saying:

“Teething – aka the devil – is so hard! Poor Alexis Olympia has been so uncomfortable.

“I’ve tried amber beads, cold towels, chew on mommies fingers, homoeopathic water (LOL on that one) but nothing is working.

“Help? Anyone?”

Yes, teething can be incredibly tough for both Baby and Mum, however, there are plenty of things you can try to ease the struggle.

Here are five ways to soothe sore gums.

1. More fruit and veg

Keeping inflammation to a minimum while they’re teething is very important. Inflammation stimulates the nerves and can increase the level of pain.

Including more fresh fruit and vegetables can keep inflammation at bay, making the whole experience that little bit easier.


2. Teething toys

Giving them something to chew on not only keeps them distracted for a little while but also helps alleviate some of the pain.

Everything from silicone rings to wooden teethers can be great pain relievers.


3. Rosehip tea

Herbal remedies can oftentimes be the most effective. Something like rosehip tea is full of vitamin C and antioxidants that helps to boost the immune system.

It’s also a great anti-inflammatory which, as we said, is always a plus.


4. Teething gels

Often containing a mild anaesthetic, teething gels can be great for numbing the pain and discomfort. They will usually also have an antiseptic in them which will help in preventing any infections or sores that could develop.


5. Keep them dry

Rashes are often a result when teething. Babies will produce excess saliva while teething, that can then lead to very irritating rashes around the mouth.

Keeping their chin and mouth area dry can help ease their discomfort.