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5 Ways to Relieve Your Child’s Teething Pain

5 Ways to Relieve Your Child’s Teething Pain

When your child begins teething it can be both frustrating and stressful to both parent and baby. For centuries, physicians had no idea what teething was or how to treat it. Today, times are much different. Teething is now an accepted part of normal childhood development and one that must be weathered at all costs. Luckily today there are many remedies available to help you with your child’s teething pain.

When an infant is between 4 and 7 months old, their first baby teeth will begin to push through the gums. This is a painful process for your infant and can cause them to fuss, cry, and even run a low grade fever.

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If your baby has begun to cut their first tooth and is in a lot of pain, there are several remedies you can do right from your home to help relieve the pain and get through this early milestone of growing up.

1. Let them chew

You may have noticed your baby’s urge to chew on, well, anything. When they begin to teethe, they will want to chew and chew and chew. You will probably find them chewing on their toys, blankets, clothes, and maybe even you.

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It’s important not to stop this behavior. It is perfectly natural for your baby to want to chew as it relieves the pain in their gums. If you don’t want them chewing on you, try giving them a cold, wet washcloth to chew on or even purchase a few teething rings for them. Put them in the refrigerator so they get good and cold before giving it to them. The cold will help numb while the chewing relieves the pain they are experiencing at the same time.

2. Gum massage

If your child seems particularly fussy during the teething phase and nothing seems to work, you could always try a little massage. Who doesn’t enjoy a good massage now and then to ease pain and relax you? Babies are no different. For about 2 minutes, gently massage the gums of your baby with your finger paying attention to the area where the new tooth is starting to come in. This gentle massage will relax your baby and relieve some of the pain they are experiencing. Just be careful they don’t bite your finger!

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3. Cookies cure all

Would you believe that a cookie can actually help relieve your child’s teething pain symptoms? It’s true. But not just any cookie. Arrowroot cookies are the ones that work best. Studies have shown that arrowroot is effective at treating upset stomachs and is great for a teething baby. Depending on the age of your child, you may have to break the cookie up into many little pieces for them to eat.

4. Clean their gums

While they are cutting their new teeth, it is possible for the babies gums to build up bacteria and even become infected. Be sure you take a few minutes each day to gently rub their gums with a wet, clean towel to clean the area. Remember, a clean mouth is a healthy mouth and while you are cleaning their gums, the towel moving across their gums will ease their pain.

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After they cut their first tooth, you won’t be able to just use a towel to clean their mouth. Pick up a toothbrush designed for babies that has very soft bristles. Use this toothbrush to clean the new tooth to ensure it stays healthy while they are cutting the rest of their teeth.

5. Look in your medicine cabinet

When all else fails, it’s time to take a look in your medicine cabinet. There are many over-the-counter pain relievers available that can help sooth your baby’s pain. Common children’s Tylenol and Advil are two of the best choices and are readily available at almost any drugstore. Before you give your baby these medications, be sure you read the labels carefully and consult with your physician regarding the proper dosage.

While teething can be a difficult time for both parent and child, following these steps can help soothe the pain your baby is experiencing so you both can enjoy much happier days while they are cutting new teeth. There is nothing quite like seeing that first tooth on your baby, too. So even if they are a little fussy, in the end it will all be worth it.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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