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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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