Sleep + Teething
In a baby’s first 2+ years of life, they cut 16 teeth! That’s no easy task ☹
Many parents think teething is the reason their child has disrupted sleep. Yes, it can cause them pain, discomfort and tummy issues. But, a child who has good sleep habits established, and is NOT sleep deprived, will all around manage teething much easier.
Just because your child has a tooth coming in does not mean you have to abandon your habits and routine. Sticking to the routine, will signal to them that nothing is wrong! It will help them feel more secure that Mom and Dad know what’s best.
If your child is otherwise a good sleeper, then hold them to that even when teething. Studies show that symptoms associated with teething consistently occur only on the day a tooth erupts, and the day after (Pediatrics, August 2011 Prospective Longitudinal Study of Signs and Symptoms Associated with Primary Tooth Eruption)
If you think you should wait to sleep train until they are done teething, think again....you will be waiting a LONG time!
Try these at home remedies to help your little one feel more comfortable during waking hours!
+ Refrigerated teething rings
+ Cold wash cloth
+ Bland foods to help combat belly upset
+ Recommended dosage of ibuprofen under supervision of a pediatrician