If you notice that your baby is more irritable while they’re awake, it could very well be from teething pains. Teething pain can make sleep much more difficult and uncomfortable for your baby so you will need to take some important measures to help relieve their pain.
An Actively Teething Baby
First, you will want to check if your baby is going through ACTIVE teething. Active teething is when your baby’s teeth are in movement through the gums. Although your baby may show signs of regular teething like drooling and pinks cheeks, active teething causes the most pain and you can test for this by simply placing your finger on different areas of his gums and pressing down slightly. If your baby bites down, gnaws or chews on your finger, this is a good indication that he is suffering from active teething. The pressure of your finger pressing down offers a relief to his pain, therefore chewing or biting on it will help relieve the pain even more and confirm that they are experiencing teething pains.
Help Your Baby
Once you have confirmed the teething test, there are several things you can do to help your baby while they are awake to to ease into a more comfortable sleep session. Offering your baby a homeopathic product like Camilia by Boiron will help relieve some of the pain your baby is feeling. Use a wet frozen facecloth to offer oral massage on his gums, in a circular motion on the outside, tops and insides of both bottom and top gums as this will help grind down the gums faster and numb the gums which will also help with pain relief. Some parents also swear by Amber necklaces or anklets which your baby wears and benefits from the natural acid that is released into your baby’s skin gradually offering a constant pain relief. And lastly, for overnight sleep, if your baby is suffering, talk to your doctor about offering Advil or Tylenol.
Although Teething can create a sleep regress, it’s important that you help your child work through it by offering pain relief of some sort. By offering these measures, he will experience less pain, teethe for a shorter time and his sleep will not be effected long term.
Good luck, Sleep Tight!