Teething, it is a horrible time, seeing your baby in so much pain and not being able to do a lot for them. There are various products available that claim to ease the pain, we have put a few to the test now and have narrowed it down to just a few essentials. We use toys during the day and will sometimes resort to medication at night.
Amber jewellery is a natural teething aid that usually comes in the form of necklaces, bracelets and anklets, your child wears their piece of jewellery (under supervision) hidden away under their clothing, when the jewellery gets warm it releases succinic acid which is absorbed through the skin and relieves teething pains. It is difficult to say 100% whether or not this actually works, what I have noticed is that most of Aria's miserable days occur either on a day when I forget to put this on or the day after.
MAM Teething Friends - Max The Frog*
Max The Frog is great, he is bright, has a big smile and is easy for Aria to grab hold of. There are various different textures on the latex frog which Aria enjoys sucking and chewing on.
Max is recommended for babies age 4 months+, there are different teethers in the range available for other ages in the forms of Lucy The Snail for 2 months+ and Bob The Turtle for 5 months+.
As much as Aria loves her teething toys when she is tired she struggles to hold them and/or throws them away, this is where the Gummee Glove comes into it's own. It is also perfect for younger babies who aren't yet holding things. The Gummee Glove straps onto their hand with velcro and has several teething attachments and a crinkly patch which keeps Aria entertained. It is made to fit babies from 3 - 6 months, but Aria is tiny so will still be fitting into it for a while yet.
Ashton & Parsons Teething Powder
We bought this on a recommendation from friends and we can see exactly why it was recommended. It works brilliantly, more often than not if Aria is screaming during the night we rub this into her gums and she is happy. It doesn't work 100% of the time but we prefer to try this herbal powder before introducing the 'proper drugs'.
Ashton & Parsons is suitable from 3 months. For ages 3-6 months they recommend using half a sachet at morning and half at night. For ages 6 months+ they recommend an entire sachet at morning and at night, though the dose may be repeated every 1, 2 or 3 hours if necessary. There is a maximum dose of 6 in 24 hours.
Calpol is always our last resort teething solution. Some nights Aria will wake up every half an hour or so screaming in pain, if all else fails we give her some Calpol, she is always asleep within half an hour after taking this.
Calpol is suitable for babies from 2 months up to 6 years.
Is your little one teething? What are your recommendations to get through the tough teething stage?
Please note, these are the products that work for Aria, different products work differently for different babies.