How to soothe the savage beast.....

Babies typically start erupting teeth around 6 months of age and continue to do so until all 20 have erupted....that means YEARS of teething.  Some babies handle the discomfort like champs, and others are miserable, especially at night. Rather than resorting to oral pain medications or numbing agents (which, if used in excess, increase choking risk if food is not felt inside the mouth), I've come up with a couple of sure-fire easy remedies with items found in your house.  After 30 years of taking care of babies, I know these work.

1)  Remember those useless little washcloths you got for your baby showers? Drag them out, wash and rinse them, and while damp, roll them up like little taquitos and put them in a ziplock in the freezer.  When your little one needs comfort, let them chew on this cold textured teether. No muss. No fuss. Recycle the effort.

2) We know cold hard objects feel good on tender gums. But we don't want our babies choking on frozen bagels or ice cubes.  The solution? Put a couple of ounces of water in a baby bottle, plug the nipple with a toothpick or a piece of duct tape, turn the bottle upside down and freeze it.  Remove the toothpick or tape, and your baby can hold the bottle, the nipple is frozen solid, hard, and very soothing.  The ice eventually melts, a refreshing cool drink for your little one, and teething discomfort is abated.

3) In my grandmother's day, Jack Daniels or brandy rubbed on gums was the solution!  However, once you tuck your little one in, perhaps you save that solution for yourself! LOL!