If you are reading this blog, you are probably holding a crying, unhappy, teething baby. Don’t worry – this too shall pass, in a couple of years. Meanwhile, there are certain home remedies for teething you can try. Babies are very unique, and while some will show no evidence of teething, popping out teeth right and left without any issues, others may experience symptoms ranging from diarrhea, a runny nose, general crankiness, sleepless nights, frustration to fever.
My advice is not to give Tylenol or Orajel, two common prescriptions by pediatricians for a teething baby. Remember while Orajel is only effective for about twenty minutes, and Tylenol for about four to eight hours, teething lasts much, much longer. Do your research about the possible dangerous side effects of these two medicines before giving it to your teething baby. Do not despair, however, because there are home remedies for teething babies that are natural and have no negative side effects.
Home Remedies for Teething Babies
1. Ice – When a tooth is breaking through, a baby’s gums hurt, and ice is every effective and dulling pain. Try to stay away from plastic teething toys that you can freeze as plastic releases toxic chemicals in the baby’s mouth. Even those labeled BPA-free are not safe. Instead, try these alternatives.
a. Rag – Take a small, clean rag or a baby burp cloth, wet it, and throw in the freezer. Then, take it out as needed and let your teething baby chew on it. The rag will release cold water in the baby’s mouth, making her feel better.
b. Cucumber – Take a cold cucumber from the fridge, wash and peel it, and let your teething baby suck on it. This is one of the best home remedies for teething as your little one will be getting nutrients from the cucumber, while numbing his pain.
c. Popsicle – If you purchase these popsicle molds, you can make homemade popsicles for your teething baby. You can freeze your breast milk, or if your baby is over five months, make banana popsicles. Just blend banana with water, pour in the mold, and freeze. Your baby will love the sweet popsicle, and you will love the quiet you will enjoy while she’s sucking on it.
2. Homeopathy – Homeopathy has been around for thousands of years, and is great for babies because it is all natural and has no side effects. Homeopathy has been very effective for teething babies, and you have several options. Hyland’s makes teething tablets that you can purchase and are safe for babies.
Homeopathy, however, is most effective when it’s targeted for specific symptoms. True Star Health provides different home remedies for teething babies. Homeopathy is pretty effective, costs less than $10, and is safe. You can purchase it in some pharmacies or local drug stores, or online.
3. Amber Teething Necklace – Although there is no direct science backing its effectiveness, many moms swear by the power of the amber teething necklace. Retailing for around $20, this piece of jewelry is said to contain succinic acid, which is “a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and a central nervous system calmer… so effective on babies and small children because it simultaneously eases their pain while also having a strong soothing effect on their nervous system – all with zero side effects,” according to Bouncy Baby Boutique.
A teething baby is often hard to deal with, but with lots of love and attention, and some natural home remedies, you should be able to get over this tough period.
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