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Friday, December 13, 2013

Natural Ways to Reduce Teething Pain

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With all the controversy surrounding pain relief medicines and the chemicals they may contain, parents are searching out natural ways to relieve teething pain. It's not wise to jump to Tylenol every time your child is in a little pain, because they may grow dependent on it. I have actually found these methods of teething relief to be much more effective. My views may differ from yours, but this is based on my personal experience. My daughter just turned three and now has all of her teeth, but I am going to rely on these tried and true methods with my next child as well.

Natural Ways to Reduce Teething Pain
1. Gum Massage All you need is a clean finger for this old-fashioned teething remedy. Gentle counter-pressure from Mom or Dad applied to a baby’s sore gums can help ease the pain of teething. This one works before they have any teeth because a child has teeth they usually bite anything that comes in their mouth (at least my little ones do). You could also try massaging with a baby toothbrush.

2. Cold Spoon - A spoon chilled in the fridge (not the freezer, or it can stick!) can offer much-needed relief. Just apply the rounded part of the spoon to baby’s gums. Best for before any teeth actually break through to avoid the risk of chipping a tooth.

3. Cold Washcloth - Frozen or merely chilled, a cold wet washcloth (dipped in water, breast milk, or—as some mom’s swear by—chamomile tea) can be comforting for baby to gnaw on. My favorite go-to teething relief method. I would take the baby washcloths, soak with cool water, and pop them in the freezer. I always made sure I had some ready to go. And some how they aren't too cold for the little ones hands.

4. Chilled Foods -,If your baby has already started solids, try offering him a cold food like applesauce or yogurt to help soothe gum pain and fill him up. Celery was our favorite.

5. Breastmilk Pops - Freeze some breastmilk in an ice cube tray and make a Popsicle out of them. We call them "boob pops" in our house. ;)

6. Teething Jewelry for Moms Moms of teething babes know that their little ones will grab just about anything within reach and start chomping. Fortunately, specially designed teething jewelry is made to be gummed by little mouths. Made from FDA-approved silicone that is free of phthalates, BPA, PVC, latex, and lead, it’s non-toxic and dishwasher-safe—and made from the same material as many teething toys, but way prettier hanging around your neck or wrist.

7. Rubber Teether - Sophie the Giraffe has been helping babies get through teething for more than 50 years. Made of 100% natural rubber (BPA- and phthalate-free) and food paint, this squeaky toy made in the French Alps will likely to be one of your child's faves, I know my daughter still plays with hers. My family thought I was crazy for spending that much on "a squeak toy", but I don't regret buying it one bit.

8. Cold Fruit - Chilled fruit, like apple slices or banana, placed inside of a mesh feeder can provide relief (and a tasty snack) for a baby with sore gums. Try using a mesh feeder, like the BPA-free Nuby Nibbler™ with Hygienic Cover. We loved ours.

9. Chilled Teether - Placing a solid or liquid-filled teether in the fridge for 15-20 minutes before offering it to baby can amp up its soothing powers. I like the sweet easy-to-grab IcyBite™ Teether Keys BPA- and PVC-free teether from Nuby. I am a Nuby Mommy Blogger and received one recently to review. You can find it in my Holiday Gift Guide because I love it that much!

10. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace - Baltic Amber has been a natural pain relief remedy for hundreds for years. They non-invasive and side effect-free. Baltic amber consists of 3-8% succinic acid, a scientifically examined medical substance used in contemporary medicine. The highest content of the acid is found in the amber cortex, which is the external layer of stone. When a baby is wearing an amber teething necklace, the natural temperature of the skin warms the amber cortex, resulting in the release of succinic acid which is absorbed though in skin into the bloodstream, providing proven pain relief. And the little ones look so darn cute wearing them!

What ways have you found to naturally reduce teething pain?



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22 comments:

  1. Great Tips Always Loved The Cold Wash Cloth It Did Wonders, Thanks For Sharing!!!

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    1. Agreed! That is my go to tip. I would pop it in the freezer & always prepare back ups. :)

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  2. We use Hyland's Teething Tablets, Baltic Amber and cold celery sticks. My son tends to get a lot of teeth at one time, so none of this truly works - we just have to wait it out :)

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    1. My daughter would get her teeth in bulk too. I never liked any teething relief methods that were like medicine. I know they say natural, but I was still always worried about that. My daughter loved chilled celery too! :)

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  3. My daughter showed no signs of teething except drooling, but she had been doing that for months by the time she cut her first tooth! Not a single crab out of her and I only knew she cut a tooth because she bit my chin!!!
    As for my boys, their favorite thing was a wet wash cloth tossed in the freezer for about 10mins. They hated the teething toys you get from the store. Cold/chilled foods were also a hit for them.

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    1. 3 & 4 on the list. :) I wish my daughter only drooled. She would run a fever, cry, & clearly be uncomfortable. Her teeth came in two at a time.

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  4. All we use are amber teething necklaces and teething oil made with peppermint and clove! We don't need Tylenol or anything now and I love it!

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  5. my son would always chew his clothes no matter what i gave him. i wish i would of had an amber necklace to try out but i could never bring myself to spend the money on it.

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  6. I didn't know why Sophie the Giraffe was such a big deal until now.... very cool!

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  7. I like the boob pops idea, I'll have to try that. I bought a sophie the giraffe for my 3 month old for Christmas, I'm so excited to see if he likes it :)

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  8. The cold fruit always does wonders for my 10 month old! I think his amber helps too :)

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  9. Someone gave me Sophie the giraffe as a gift for my little one, and I love the frozen teethers. I look forward to trying an amber teething necklace at some point.

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  10. OR we could do it the "back in the day" way... with whiskey!! KIDDING!! Sophie the giraffe was a life saver with my now 5 y/o!

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  11. Thanks for the tips. My 20 month old is having the worst teething of his life right now. Any tips for older kids? He's not into cold stuff it seems.

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  12. This is so interesting - I've never heard of amber as a natural remedy for pain relief. I used teethers for my first daughter, but they didn't seem to work that well - I'd love to try amber on my son, due in January!

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  13. I honestly never thought of a chilled spoon. What a great tip!

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  14. I haven't had to deal with the yet but I'm planning on using teething toys like the Sophie giraffe and an amber necklace.

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  15. my daughter didnt seem to have much trouble with her teeth but she wore amber and I used teething oil when I felt like she may need something on her gums

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  16. This is a great list of ideas. I really like the boob pops lol. Had a good laugh at that one.

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  17. I like that the babies can just wear the necklace and they absorb the natural medication into their system.

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  18. These are all so great! I love having safe ways to make my little one feel better! Oh and I had never heard or thought of boob pops lol

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