Wondering what to do when baby is teething and won’t stop crying hysterically? Here are clever ways to soothe your inconsolable little one.
Your baby is teething… again.
But this time, she can’t sleep well at night, especially when she gets up crying at least three times. You know it’s teething since she’ll start chewing on her fingers and clamping down on everything. She’s in so much pain, but you don’t know what you can give her to calm her down.
It doesn’t help that she’s grown extra clingy and screams when you put her down. She’s so attached to you that you’ve barely slept in days. As much as you know how much she needs you right now, you feel like you’re losing your mind.
What to do when baby is teething and won’t stop crying
Perhaps the worst part of teething is that it can become a guessing game. Any time my baby fussed, I immediately pointed to teething as the cause, even though no teeth would show up for months, despite the telltale symptoms.
Still, other times, you just know that your baby’s emerging teeth are causing her to cry hysterically for hours. So much so that she won’t sleep unless she’s held, and soothing her doesn’t seem to work. What are some remedies to help her when you’ve tried everything, to help her stop crying inconsolably?
Take a look at a few ideas that have helped me console my babies when they were miserable with teething:
1. Offer frozen or cold food
Frozen food can work wonders on sore gums! Try giving your baby frozen food through a mesh feeder so she can suck on it while soothing herself.
Here’s how it works:
- First, puree or mash the food.
- Then, pour them into ice cube trays.
- Once they’re frozen, place the cubes into the feeders.
- Let them slightly thaw so that they’re not too cold or hard.
This also works well with yogurt and breast milk! And another option is to pour the food into popsicle molds:
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2. Offer frozen teething rings
Teething rings are fantastic for your baby to chomp on, releasing the pressure she feels in her mouth. Even better if it’s frozen, as this also helps numb the pain she might be feeling. Pop these into your freezer or even refrigerator to cool them down. Then, offer them as regular teething rings:
Infantino 3-Pack Water Teethers
3. Give medicine
If you’re like me, you’re a bit hesitant to offer your baby medicine, especially for something like teething which can go on for quite some time.
But for challenging moments when she’s inconsolable, over-the-counter medicine can be a huge relief.
Our pediatrician recommended an over-the-counter medicine that can help with both pain and inflammation. Either way, check with your pediatrician to see what she recommends, and in how many doses. Homeopathic options like drops and teething gels are also available.
4. Provide a comfort item
This is the time to give your baby a special lovey or comfort item, to help her when she’s uncomfortable. While the lovey won’t replace you, she can find comfort in it when you’re apart, like when she’s asleep or in someone else’s care.
My kids loved the Angel Dear lovies. They chewed the corners to help with teething pain.
5. Slow down
Sometimes, in our quest to get our babies to stop crying as quickly as possible, we drive ourselves crazy when we don’t get the results we want.
We blame ourselves for not knowing what to do, or resent our babies for making life hard. The to-do list never ends, and we feel glued holding them in our arms, unable to tackle our tasks.
But sometimes, the reason things are hard is because we resist them so much. What if, instead of finding all the ways to stop the crying, you’re simply present for your baby when she needs you?
Stop what you’re doing and tend to her. Put things on the back burner for now and hold her in your arms. Yes, you won’t get any housework done, but you’ll get to it at some point (or realize they’re not even that important).
For now, make comforting her your top priority. Of course, this doesn’t mean you pause your life entirely, but for those heightened moments when you just know she needs you, slow down and be there for her.
If you’ve ever wondered what to do when your baby is teething and won’t stop crying, rest assured you’re not alone, mama.
But now you have a few tricks you can try. Offer cold or frozen food to numb her gums, as well as teething rings to relieve the pressure that can drive her to clamp down on everything. Give medicine, from over-the-counter pain relief to cooling gels for her gums.
Provide a comfort item like a lovey she can gnaw on and sleep with, especially in your absence. And finally, for those brutally miserable moments, slow down and comfort her—this is the time she needs you most.
Teething isn’t fun for anyone involved, but thankfully you now have solutions—even if it feels like your baby is teething yet again.
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