A baby’s first tooth is considered one of the most significant events in a baby’s life. However, before that first tooth even makes it out, the process can be quite uncomfortable for the child. When it comes to teething, there are numerous methods to make it easy for the baby. One such way is with the help of teething biscuits. Learn three easy teething biscuit recipes plus other ways to relieve teething pain.
Symptoms of Teething
Teething is medically referred to as odontiasis. It is also known as the “cutting” of teeth since the teeth break through the gums. Some babies start to teeth by four to seven months, while others start at a later age. As for its symptoms, the signs usually come before the tooth erupts from the gums, and the symptoms are not the same for all babies. Nonetheless, the usual signs of teething include the following.
- Changes in Sleeping and Eating Patterns
- Chewing or Gnawing on Hard Objects
- Excessive Drooling
- Fussiness, Usually Comes and Goes
- Tender, Swollen Gums
Though teething may be painful, it is unlikely to make a baby sick. Bring your baby to the doctor at once if you notice the following signs that accompany the symptoms mentioned above.
- Rashes on Body
Order of Tooth Eruption
With regards to the primary teeth, there is a usual order of tooth eruption. This is as follows.
- Central Incisors: Erupts at 6 to 12 months’ old
- Canine Teeth: Erupts at 16 to 23 months’ old
- First Molars: Erupts at 13 to 19 months’ old
- Lateral Incisors: Erupts at 9 to 16 months’ old
- Second Molars: Erupts at 22 to 24 months’ old
Within the ages of 6 to 12 years old, the “baby” teeth are replaced by “adult” teeth. By the mid to late adolescence, the third molars or wisdom teeth, as they are popularly called, erupt. For some, these third molars are often extracted due to a crooked orientation or crowding.
Soothing Teething Infants
While there are various methods to soothe the pain associated with teething, what may work for one baby, may not work for another. Moms need to try all ways to see which one works best for their baby.
Cold Water or Cold Pacifier
A cold pacifier may help soothe a baby’s gums. Other than a pacifier, a cold spoon or washcloth may work, too. Teething rings or toys that have been refrigerated are other options as well. Take note, however, that toys, items, or washcloths must be clean before giving it to the baby. For babies ages 6 to 9 months old, cold water placed in a sippy cup can offer relief, too.
Before gently massaging your baby’s gums, make sure your finger is clean. For moms who are breastfeeding their baby, before a feeding session, dip your finger in cool water. Afterward, gently massage your baby’s gums. This should be done before breastfeeding since it helps prevent the baby from biting on the nipple while feeding.
Since teething babies just love to chew, teething biscuits may offer relief other than teething rings or toys.
Teething Biscuit Recipes
While there are ready-made biscuits widely available in the market, you never really know what other ingredients go into each pack. For mothers who have time to bake and make teething biscuits for their beloved babies, here are three easy recipes for teething toddlers and infants.
For this recipe, you only need three ingredients. These include the following.
- Four cups of oats
- Five tablespoons of liquefied coconut oil
- Two ripe, medium bananas
You may opt to add nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. If you do decide to add these ingredients, then one teaspoon of each ingredient would do. Once you have all your ingredients, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit then follow the steps below.
- Line the baking sheet and set it aside.
- Use either a high-speed blender or food processor to blend the oats. The result should be oat flour.
- Peel the bananas and chop it into small chunks. Add the sliced bananas into the food processor or blender along with the oats.
- Blend the bananas and oat flour before adding the coconut oil. The result should be a thick dough.
- Take at least one inch of the dough and form each into rectangular shapes. Round the edges of each.
- Place each shaped dough onto the baking sheet and put it into the oven.
- Cook for at least 10 minutes before flipping the biscuits. Bake it for at least an added 10 minutes.
- Once the cookies turn golden brown, take them out from the oven and cool.
The cookies should be stored in a container, preferably a glass jar. These biscuits last for a week but can be stored for up to three months if placed in the freezer.
This recipe requires more than three ingredients which are as follows.
- One cup of rolled oats
- One cup of ground oats
- One cup of apple sauce (organic)
- Two tablespoons of maple syrup
- Two tablespoons of coconut oil
- One-half teaspoon of vanilla extract, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon
- One teaspoon of baking powder (aluminum-free)
Once you have all the ingredients, preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and follow the steps below.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set it aside.
- Combine all the dry ingredients together prior to adding the wet ingredients.
- Once it turns into a thick dough, form oblong shapes and place it onto the baking sheet.
- Bake the dough for 30 to 45 minutes. Flip the biscuits halfway.
- Once the cookies turn golden brown, take them out and place on a cooling rack.
You may place the biscuits in the refrigerator and serve them cold. Cold cookies offer relief for teething babies compared to room temperature biscuits.
For this recipe, it follows the same ingredients as the apple biscuits. However, rather than apple sauce, you must use one cup of pureed pumpkin. Once you have all the ingredients, line a baking sheet and set it aside, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine all the dry ingredients before mixing it with the wet ingredients.
- Mix it thoroughly, and the result should be a thick dough.
- Shape one inch of the dough to squares with rounded edges before placing it onto the baking sheet.
- Bake the dough for 30 to 45 minutes. Again, halfway through the process, flip the biscuits.
- Once the biscuits turn golden brown, take them out of the oven and allow it to cool.