Teething refers to the time when your child's first teeth begin to erupt through the gums, causing soreness. While it usually starts to occur at around age 6 months, it can start anytime between 3 and 12 months. Typical symptoms include drooling, gnawing on fingers or toys, loss of appetite, irritability and crying. Giving a teething baby a frozen washcloth not only allows him to enjoy the tactile sensation of holding the cloth, but it also provides soothing relief to his sore gums when he gnaws on it.
Wet the majority of a clean washcloth under running water. Leave approximately one-quarter of it dry to serve as a place for the baby to grip the cloth once it's frozen.
Squeeze the cloth gently to get rid of any excess water.
Roll up the cloth to create a more compact teething remedy. Make sure you roll the cloth perpendicular to the dry portion to keep the dry portion dry. If you roll it parallel, the dry portion will become wet.
Place the wet cloth in a zip-type bag to keep it sanitary. Seal the bag.
Place the bag in the freezer for a few hours or overnight.
Things You Will Need
- Clean washcloth
- Plastic zip-type bag
If your baby isn't interested in a frozen washcloth, try dipping it in his favorite juice after wetting it and before freezing.
Never wrap a washcloth around an ice cube as a substitute an ice cube for a frozen washcloth. The ice cube could slip out and cause the baby to choke.