For most babies (and parents), teething is no fun. It can turn the chillest baby into a hot mess
If your baby is experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, chances are she or he is teething
Luckily there are several effective remedies that reduce teething pain without the need of medication
- We provide you with both DIY remedies and bought solutions
- Chewing on different objects
- Swollen gums
- Red cheeks or face
- Excessive drooling
- Feeding difficulties
A common myth is that high fever or diarrhea are related to teething. If your baby experiences these, please go see your family doctor right away.
How long will teething last?
How can i soothe my baby's sore gums?
Ice, ice baby: This is a simple home remedy for teething pain by using a chilled spoon (not frozen) or a cold wooden stick. The cold pressure helps by numbing the gums. This is a quick & free solution that can be very helpful, but make sure you supervise your baby so they don’t choke!
- Rubbing your munchkin's gums: Rub your baby's gum with a wet cotton ball or a clean finger. The pressure against the gums can ease the discomfort.
Fruits & veggies: Cold soft foods like banana or cucumber can be chilled and chewed on if you're nearby. Avoid hard foods like carrots, as they could break and cause choking.
Food Pacifiers: These are durable and can be filled with frozen fruit or milk for pain relief & a tasty treat. These are also safer as they prevent choking by slowly releasing food through little holes. We recommend our Food Pacifier, as they're made of durable silicone that's easier to clean than the mesh/net ones.
- Teething toys: Biting on a teether feels good as it offers counter-pressure to the rising tooth. When choosing a teether toy, make sure it’s big so your baby does not choke on it. It is also wise to stay away from wooden teethers, as some have shown to produce mold after prolonged use.
What to stay away from
Giving medication without consulting your physician first should always be avoided but these are some specific medications and gadgets we are recommended to stay away from.
Teething medications that contain benzocaine or lidocaine: these pain medications have been found to be very harmful to your baby.
Over-the-counter remedies: even if it’s homeopathic remedies, the benefits of these gels and tablets haven’t been demonstrated. In recent studies some of these remedies were found to contain a greater amount than labeled of belladonna, which can cause seizures and difficulty breathing.
Teething necklaces, anklets or bracelets: this kind of gadgets could potentially be choking hazards or cause mouth injury and infection.
As you can see there are plenty of safe & easy remedies to help your munchkin have the best time possible while their teeth start coming out. If your baby is experiencing teething pain right now, we recommend you to try one of the DIY solutions mentioned in the beginning of this post.
To have an extra trick up your sleeve for the next painful tooth you can check out our teething collection. These are our personal favorites as they bring the choking hazard down to a minimum so we can feel more comfortable.