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Teething Recipe - Soothing Yoghurt Dip

Contribution from Pamela Newby, also known as Edinburgh Food Girl.

My daughter Paige, who’s now 4, sailed through teething.  So much so, it was a complete surprise when one day I looked in her mouth and counted her teeth to see she had them all! Yes, she did some drooling so we gave her the usual cold teething ring, but it never really saw much action.  This was in complete contrast to my son Harrison, who cut his first tooth at 4 months…ouch (for him and me!) 

As I sat across the table from my 6 month old boy I wondered what had happened to the smiley happy baby I used to know.  He’d been replaced by a drooling, grumpy, grizzly bear!  It was heart-breaking to watch. His little chubby cheeks were constantly red, his chin soaked in drool and his poor little fingers took the brunt.  To make matters worse, by about a year old, after eating everything in sight and sleeping like a dream, he suddenly stopped eating and woke throughout the night.  A toddler in pain, tired and hungry – yikes!  So I tried to solve the problems in the best way I know how – with food! 

Both my kids love dips, so I tried lots of nice cooling combinations with cold veggie sticks and fruit to make sure Harrison was getting some nutrition in his diet, while helping sooth his sore gums at the same time. Between play dates and classes we are out and about all the time so snacking on the go is common and I like it to be as healthy as possible. Harrison loved chewing away on a cold veggie stick and paired with a nice cooling dip, it calmed down his burning hot gums and filled his little tummy. 

It’s nothing revolutionary and essentially a raita recipe, but it’s simple and it worked for us, so here’s the recipe, which I hope helps your little one too:

Soothing Yoghurt Dip

150g natural yoghurt (I like Yeo Valley)
½ a cucumber (de-seeded and roughly chopped) 
A few fresh mint leaves 
½ garlic clove, crushed (optional, but I like to add it for its health benefits and it’s packed with vitamins).

Method

De-seed and roughly chop the cucumber and try to squeeze as much of the liquid out as you can before adding to blender with the yoghurt and mint leaves.  Crush the garlic clove (I put in about half a clove but if you like more or less adjust to your kids’ taste).  Put it all into a blender and whizz until you have a smooth dip.  Cool in the fridge until ready to serve.  I like to keep a little cool pack in the freezer to pop in beside the dip and snacks to keep them nice and cool if we’re out and about.  Simple!

Being yoghurt based, it can be paired with fruit (e.g. berries, thinly sliced apple or pear) or vegetables (cooked and cooled carrot, cucumber, cooked sweet potato chips) or even chicken strips, pitta bread fingers, fruit toast etc for a more filling snack or meal.  One of my favourite food writers is Zainab Jagot Ahmed, author of ‘The Flavour-Led Weaning Cookbook’ advocates nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon as good additions to help sooth teething pain, so I like to sprinkle a little cinnamon on the fruit sticks to make them a bit more interesting.  

Good luck – I promise it won’t last forever! 

Content provided by provided by Pamela Newby, also known as Edinburgh Food Girl.

 

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