5 Natural Teething Solutions

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Teething can be a pretty miserable experience for all involved, but most of all for the baby. Back in the day, our moms rubbed whiskey on our gums (well, at least mine did) and hoped for the best. Moms today are less likely to give babies alcohol, but more likely to try more natural teething solutions, especially since Orajel became unsafe for children under 2.

The FDA issued a warning about benzocaine, which is found in Orajel, Anbesol, and other over-the-counter meds used to help soothe baby gums. The quiet happiness didn't just help the babies, it also helped parents who may now have to resort to pulling their hair out to get through the first teeth.

Not to worry. There really are safe teething solutions that don't contain benzocaine. These include:

  1. A clean finger: Yes, it's old-fashioned and kind of obvious, but a teething baby can benefit greatly just from having the counter-pressure of mom or dad's pinkie finger to chew on for a while.
  2. Frozen fruit: When my babies were little, I used to freeze chunks of banana, put them in a mesh feeder, and let them go to town on them. They don't last long, so freeze a bunch, but they do help (despite the sticky mess they leave).
  3. Frozen washcloth: Another favorite of mine was to take one of the 40,000 washcloths we received as a shower gift, wet it down, and then let it freeze for a couple of hours. Some moms even swear by dipping it in chamomile tea rather than water, but either way, when the babies chewed on them, it was instant relief and no choking hazard.
  4. Amber teething necklaces: Some moms swear by amber teething necklaces for getting past teething pain while others question their effectiveness, but either way, they're easy for mom to wear, pretty, and go with any outfit, so why not give them a try?
  5. Nursing: Sometimes we just have to suck it up a bit as parents and for me, that meant a lot of extra nursing to help the babes over some of the painful teething humps.

What is your favorite natural teething pain remedy?

 

 

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Lynette Lynette

amber teething necklaces are for the baby to wear.  Short enough so they can NOT get it in their mouths.  In fact my DD wears a amber anklet.  I also personally do wear one but I wear it for the sore muscles in my neck & shoulders, not for my teething child.


"When baltic amber is worn on the skin, the skin’s warmth releases trace amounts of healing oils from the amber. These oils contain succinic acid and are absorbed into the skin." ....here is a link that explains how the amber works.

momav... momavanessa

Hylands Natural teething gel and teethers are working fine. I also heard that frozen mini bagels are great too!

tiny_... tiny_mama

My daughter and I have matching amber necklaces, hers for teething, mine for the aches and pains of getting older. :P I love them and reccommend them to everyone that's got a teething baby!

Rumsita Rumsita

Huh.  I never thought of getting myself an amber necklace for pain.  DD's seems to work well for her teething pain.  I should consider it for myself I guess, though I don't wear any jewelry other than my engagement ring and wedding band.


I second the Hyland's teething gel.  It wasn't recalled like the tablets were, and it saved our nursing relationship.

nonmember avatar kate

Little Alouette (on etsy) make amazing wooden teethers for teething babies. We used one for our son, Parker. After he was done, it became a decorative baby momento.

Bluel... Blueliner

We use an amber teething necklace too... even if it doesn't help (I think it does) it looks so cute on him :)

Phoebe Williams

So far the only thing that helps my LO is a finger.  She loves knuckes.  She'll bite down so hard it hurts me sometimes.  She also uses one of those hard rubber nubby teethers.

Taisha M. Kelleher

Hey, I was recently sold some fake amber, where did you guys get yours?

Brittany Pagels

I buy mine from inspired by finn, i also sell it www.facebook.com/moultriehcg


 


 

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