Teething and Biting

Sooner or later, all babies and toddlers will start teething. Many breastfeeding moms fear this milestone due to the “danger” of biting. However, teething is no reason to wean! Millions of mothers comfortably nurse babies and toddlers with teeth every day. With these tips, you can too.
Teething signs can start early (2-3 months old) but an actual tooth may not appear until months later. Not all babies show the same signs when teething and any of the symptoms below can be a sign of teething.
Signs your baby is teething may include:
  • A tooth visible below the gum
  • Swollen, bulging gums
  • Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything she can get her hands on
  • Drooling
  • Irritability
  • Rubbing her face
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Turning away food
  • Grabbing at the ears
If you observe several of these symptoms together, the likelihood that teething is the culprit is higher – but there’s always the chance that something else is to blame. Low grade fever can also be a sign of teething, but look for other signs to ensure the fever is not associate with a virus (runny nose, cough, etc).
  • A clean cold wash cloth
  • A clean cold wash cloth that has been in the freezer for a bit
  • Frozen fruit like an apple slice or berries in a mesh holder (for those over 6 months and already on solids)
  • Milk-sicles (breastmilk frozen in a popsicle mold or ice cubes in a mesh holder)
Essential Oils and Tylenol/Acetaminophen are no longer recommended as remedies.
Many essentials oils are not considered safe for children under the age of 2, hence the reason they are no longer recommended.
Tylenol is no longer recommended as a pain reliever by the FDA. It is still considered a fever reducer but new guidelines recommend using it sparingly or skipping it all together.
“The FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Pediatric Advisory Committee have together recommended that “pain relief” be removed from the label of Tylenol for babies and toddlers and other brands of acetaminophen because there is no reliable evidence that it relieves pain better than placebo in children under age two.”

Sometimes teething babies will bite in order to soothe gum pain, or bite playfully. There are many methods for dealing with this, some better than others. Try out these tips to prevent your nursling from biting!

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