Foods that ease your baby’s teething stress

Teething is a trying time in every parent’s life. But even more so in your baby’s, so before you throw in the towel and pull your hair apart at your child’s distress, remember, he or she is going through much worse. After all, something sharp and hard is breaking through his soft gums!

When it starts

The front teeth (two upper and two bottom) usually come through in the first year. After that, the first molars appear between 12 months and 16 months, canines between 16 months and 20 months and second molars between 20 months to two and a half years.

Signs of teething

Biting everything in sight
Excessive drooling
Loss of appetite
Pulling ears or rubbing cheeks
Disturbed sleeping
Irate behaviour

Food is a naturally wonderful way to ease your baby’s pain during this tough phase. Here are some things that work well:

Hard, cold fruits or vegetables: It’s relieving to a baby to sink in his hard gums into something that isn’t rock hard but has some give too. So keep large carrots in your fridge (not small) and let him or her chew on them. Make sure you keep an eye on them at all times in case they choke on a piece. A cold apple, sliced cucumber or banana also provides relief.

Cold puree or curd: You can puree an apple and serve it cold. Refrigerated curd is also a great idea and it does wonders for your baby’s gut.

Cold solids: If you have already started your baby on solids, it may be a good idea to give it to them without heating. Anything cool is a respite to their itching gums.

Foods to avoid giving during teething

Cut back on processed food and food that causes inflammation, such as refined flour, sugar, potatoes and in some cases, dairy.

Processes food also increases blood sugar, which in turn increases stress levels for the child. Go for healthy carbs and fats (coconut, avocado, butter), such as sweet potato and fruits. Always go for fresh vegetables.

Other helpful tips

Many parents say that their children tend to get diarrohea or fever during teething so it might be a good idea to boost your child’s immunity. Continue breastfeeding if you can, and get your baby some early morning sun for a good dose of Vitamin D, which is key to a good immune system.

You can try giving your child a cold spoon or natural solid wood objects and toys for him or her to gnaw on. Make sure they are absolutely clean.

Rub your child’s gums. A simple yet often effective technique for irritating gums.