8 Baby Teething Remedies

MeiMei Fox

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How is it that I never heard anyone talk about the hell that can be teething before I had babies? I feel like this is a great curse of the early parenting phase – and it can last, on and off for an entirely unpredictable period, for two years!

For sure, not every baby has a hard time with teething. However, from what I’ve seen among my twin parent friends, a heck of a lot of us have dealt with the repercussions of tiny little teeth coming through which can include: pain, fussiness/ crying/ irritability, ear pulling, biting/ chewing everything in sight, trouble napping during the day, waking at night, diarrhea, diaper rash, incessant drooling that leads to a rash on the chin and cheek, and refusal to eat. OH MY!

What’s a parent supposed to do?

I read that it’s not a good idea to use Orajel before two years of age. Tylenol always has helped, but I do my best not to give it during the day, only at night, unless my baby is really in agony. Motrin (after six months of age only) is recommended but not as helpful, in my experience, as Tylenol. Before you resort to medicine, check with your pediatrician first.

I opted to go the non-medical route and tried these eight remedies.

Amber teething necklaces

Some parents swear by this all-natural approach, saying the amber releases a tiny amount of oil that helps make the pain go away. It made zero difference when I tried one on my boys for several weeks. The risk of choking made me very nervous – always remove necklace before naps if you do decide to try this approach. Make sure the necklace you buy is knotted between each piece of amber, in case it breaks.

Teething rings

It’s recommended that you put these gadgets in the fridge or freezer, so they’re nice and cold for the little one to suck on. Mine never took much interest or lasted more than a minute or two with any of theirs – and we had about ten different shapes/styles as hand-me-downs.

Chamomile drops

Wonderfully all-natural, and wonderfully ineffective.

Chewbead necklaces

I so love the idea of this product — a fashionable necklace for Mom, which babies can suck and teeth on. Brilliant! Unfortunately, my boys never took much interest in munching on mine, though I did enjoy wearing it out around town.

Frozen bottle nipples

Take an old nipple that you don’t mind your baby chewing the heck out of, fill bottle just a little bit with chamomile tea, cap the bottle, and turn it upside down — making sure the entire nipple area is filled with liquid. Then stick it in the freezer and voila, there is your best teething ring ever. The Joy Boys would chew and suck on these for 15 minutes at a stretch when they were teething at 4 to 6 months.

Frozen washcloths

If you don’t want to use a bottle, take a bit of an old washcloth or rag, twist it tight, soak the tip in chamomile tea, and freeze it. It works just as effectively as the frozen tea-filled nipple. The only drawback is there is that even the non-frozen part of the washcloth remains quite cold, so it can be tough for your little one to get a good grip on it. You’re probably going to end up holding this cold, increasingly wet object for your baby, at least for the first 6 to 9 months.

Sophie the Giraffe (**EDITOR’S CHOICE**)

My mom ordered us two of these on her first visit to the boys because her friends had told her, “It’s a must!” Well, grandma’s friends know what they’re talking about, eh Joy Boys? They loved munching on the Sophie teether for long periods of time for many months, and from a young age (3 to 4 months) could easily grasp and hold her on their own.

Fresh food feeders

Freeze whatever you can think up or desire your teething children to eat — in an ice cube tray: chamomile tea, breastmilk, formula, a smoothie (whole fat, organic Greek yogurt + coconut water + fruit). Pop one ice cube out and into this teething gizmo for a wholesome, homemade popsicle treat. The Joy Boys go positively wild for these things. I’ll admit; there are times I have fed them three helpings in a row so that I could buy myself 30 minutes of non-teething-agony-related peace and quiet. Genius!



8 Baby Teething Remedies

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MeiMei Fox is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of AdventuresWithTwins.com, where she posts daily product reviews, observations about raising twins, and funny stories to give parents a needed laugh. She also regularly blogs for The Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen, among other publications. In addition, MeiMei works as a life coach, assisting clients in realizing their most ambitious dreams. MeiMei graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University, with a BA and MA in psychology. She lives in Hawaii with the Love of Her Life, her husband Kiran Ramchandran, and their fraternal twin Joy Boys. Her mantra is Fear Less, Love More!