Every parent knows that while seeing baby’s first tooth is exciting, the process of getting there can sometimes be excruciating.
It’s possible for some babies not to feel anything (lucky!), but others might experience sore and swollen gums. They may be more irritable than usual, have trouble sleeping, or be extra ‘bitey’ with their fingers and toys. More worrying is if they refuse to eat and drink because their mouth hurts. Often, this period comes with a lot of crying with both parents and baby tiring themselves out just to find ways to ease the pain.
There are ways to make your child feel better. Cold temperature soothes the gums, so chilled washcloths or teethers can provide relief. It's what some of the mommies in our Facebook Group, Smart Parenting Villagesuggest , too.
But one mom decided to take this tip to another level — she fills a pacifier with water, freezes it, then gives it to her son.
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In a Facebook post that went viral, Emelia Jackson of Washington, United States, says that this trick was a “serious lifesaver,” and her son was so content with his cold binky.
“My son is an early teether so hand-held teethers were not going to work for him,” Jacksons shares in an interview with Babble. “In order for me not to go absolutely bananas, we decided to fill the mysterious channel on the back of the binky with water.”
As of this writing, Jackson’s teething hack has gotten over 114,000 shares, 23,000 reactions, and 38,000 comments. Many praised the mom for her ingenious idea while others questioned whether her hack was safe for babies. It prompted her to update her original Facebook post.
“Since there are so many people freaking out thinking my little man is drinking the water, I want to show you that there is NO hole in this binky. And absolutely NO way for the baby to get the water,” she says. (According to the World Health Organization, giving water to babies under 6 months old is not advisable and can have life-threatening consequences. Read all about it here.)
Jackson tells Babble that for those who want to try her hack, supervision is key. And just because it worked for her doesn’t mean it will work for everyone. “I shared this because it helped my little man out and was hoping it would help others out, too,” she tells Babble.
Would you try this trick with your baby? Share your teething tips in the comments!