Sleeping Well in Spite of Baby Teething
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
Can baby teething disrupt sleep? It sure can!
teething signs early on and provide effective
remedies to prevent discomfort and troubled nights.
Sadly, teething is often underestimated as a sleep disturber. We all
know that it can cause quite some discomfort. But did you realize that
it is one of the main causes for not
having your little one sleep through the night? Or not being able to
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Some babies - and their parents - hardly realize their teeth are
cutting through. They just dribble a bit for a while and then suddenly:
a new tooth is there!
For many others, cutting teeth is simply
painful. Apart from straight pain, the
constant pressure on baby's gums can make her restless and irritated.
Because of the discomfort in their mouth, many babies loose their
And so, directly and indirectly, nights are also affected. The
discomfort often plays
up more than during the day - when there is more distraction and
parent soothing nearby ...
Baby teething and sleep
to teething ...
baby who has been sleeping
through the night for a while, can suddenly
start waking up frequently again
baby who easily settled for sleep in her cot at night or nap time, can
suddenly take hours to wind down and doze off
... a finally found sleep
schedule can get all mixed up again.
Don't despair, not all your
previous efforts are lost, and you can keep your nights decent with
these 3 must-do tips:
To keep sleep
the early teething signs
To know what
is happening to your baby and to treat effectively, it is important to
know the main teething symptoms.
Read more about when
baby teething starts and signs
of teething to look out for.
routine and schedule
much as possible
Do this with extra care for
your baby's needs right now:
- she may need an extra feed - day or night -
her feeds are smaller because of lesser appetite
- if you breastfeed, extra (small) feedings are great
to help soothe the pain
- she may need extra cuddling and comforting to
help her settle
No need to over-indulge either. Try to strike a healthy balance: remain determined and, when you have looked after her pain and discomfort as much as you could, do not be afraid to stick to the schedule or routine you had before.
The regularity, because of helping her
sleep more, will help overcome a
large part of the discomfort.
- Apply effective teething remedies
home remedies are enough to soothe baby's pain. Sometimes mild
medical remedies can be of great help.
With all these basics, you should be able to keep sleep at its best in spite
of baby teething.
However, some babies' teething troubles seem to go on forever. One
painful tooth after the other can make you wonder if you
wanted those teeth after all ...
Take courage then, keep in mind the above basics and remain confident. You'll be rewarded one day soon and finally be proud of those first teeth.