Archive for November, 2010

Helpful Remedies When Your Baby is Teething

Baby teething generally happens to young babies between the ages of six and nine months.  The teething process is basically where the new baby teeth grow through the gums and for many babies teething can be a painful and uncomfortable experience.  Parents often find that babies at the teething stage may cry more or babies that had previously slept through the night will wake more often during teething and this can create some stress and worry for parents.  Teething does eventually pass as the new teeth grow into position through the gums and below is some remedies that you may want to use to make the teething process a little easier for parent and baby.

Babies that are teething can develop one or more symptoms which can affect things such as their appetite, their mood and even affect their sleep.  As well as the pain and discomfort that teething brings there are other symptoms which can also develop such as swollen inflamed gums, excessive drooling, red cheeks or face and babies tend to cry more and be a little more cranky than usual.  It is important to note what symptoms your teething baby is suffering as this will dictate which of the following remedies will work best with your child.

Many of the helpful remedies that are suggested for use when babies are teething involve cooling of the gums and making sure that they are kept clean.  A popular remedy is giving the baby a cool and soft teething ring from the fridge which will help to cool the gums and is a great help especially if the baby has sore and inflamed gums.  Another simple remedy if you are out and about with the baby is to simply give the baby a cool bottle of water as this will work in the same way as a cool teething ring.

Frozen treats such as frozen bananas can also be given to the child to ease the pain of teething but this should only be done under supervision.  Use of cool wash cloths can also be given to babies to suck on and also to bite which helps with the teething process.

For parents who are worried about baby teething or their baby has other symptoms during this stage of development it is suggested that they consult their doctor.  In some cases babies that have a large amount of discomfort during the teething stage can also be given teething gels which should only be used as a last resort and in many cases only after consulting with a doctor.

When to Start Weaning Your Baby

Like many things related to parenting and the raising of children there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to things such as feeding, breast feeding and weaning a baby.  For many parents and children changes in routines such as a change in feeding comes very naturally when the baby is ready while other babies may take some time to wean so it is important to be in tune with your baby during this process.

For parents who are looking for some guidance when it comes to weaning baby there are quite a few organisations that offer great advice on this topic.  Many organisations that recommend breast feeding advise that weaning a baby needs to be done gradually and should be child led which means that the mother needs to be watching for the signs that the child is ready.  It is also advised that abrupt weaning can cause problems and be traumatic for the child so this should be avoided if possible.

In most cases a baby will very rarely wean before they are 1 year old.  Generally if a baby under the age of 1 shows signs of low interest in breast feeding this may be only a temporary thing with many babies resuming to normal feeding after a few days.  It is necessary to recognise that this is not the time to start weaning as the child is still quite young and not old enough to be started on solid foods.

Most of the resources that are available on breast feeding and weaning encourage women to plan ahead when it comes to breast feeding and weaning and decide on an approximate length of time they will breast feed their baby.  It is also suggested that for the first six months of a baby’s life breast milk should be fed exclusively as this milk contains all the essentials for baby development.  After the six month period it is then recommended that solid foods are introduced as well as a continuation with the breast feeding.

When it comes to weaning your baby there are a lot of things to consider and it is important that you make the process child led by looking for the signs that your baby is ready to wean.  Remember that baby weaning is one of those natural changes that occur as your baby grows and develops.