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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 August 4, 2020

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

Less is more.

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Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

1. Create Room for What’s Important

When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

2. More Freedom

The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

5. More Peace of Mind

When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

6. More Happiness

When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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7. Less Fear of Failure

When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

8. More Confidence

The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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