As mentioned in Tuesday’s post, Loralai’s recent battle with teething has been hard… on everyone in the family. There’s a lot of suggestions out there for teething remedies, and at this point, we’ve tried nearly all of them. Of course, things that work great for one kiddo may not for another, but here is a wide variety of options, all in one place. Good luck!
1. Hylands Teething Tablets: Probably one of the most useful things we’ve tried. She loves them, they seem to help, they dissolve quickly on her tongue, and they’re homeopathic (hippie-tastic)! These things are gold in tablet form.
2. Baby Orajel Naturals: I originally stayed away from Baby Orajel after I read about the risks of giving products that contain Benzocaine to babies. However, I later found out that the Naturals version does NOT have Benzocaine in it, and it seems to help.
3. Amber teething necklace: Part-time and full-fledged hippie moms alike swear by these. These are NOT for chewing- there are oils in the amber that are absorbed by the skin and offer natural pain relief. Plus, I get a lot of compliments on her “cute” necklace (of course, once I excitedly explain about the magic hippie beads, people seem sorry they brought it up). To some, this may too new-age (and a little far-fetched), but I swear the worst days she’s had have been when she didn’t have the necklace on.
There are a ton of options on Etsy; I ordered ours from this shop. Some parents worry about the necklaces being a choking hazard- this is where you just have to do what feels right for you. Ours is very well-made and I’ve never worried about it falling apart or L being in any danger.
4. Baby Ibuprofen/Tylenol: These days, it seems that people are one extreme or the other when it comes to medication. I’m only part-hippie. While I don’t want to overmedicate, I do think that medicine is going to help more than hurt if she’s absolutely inconsolable. I can’t blame her either- sometimes you just need the good stuff.
5. Castor oil: Mix a drop of this with a tablespoon of carrier oil (such as olive or almond oil) and rub on your baby’s gums. I swear it works better and more quickly than the Orajel. The one thing you have to be careful is that you dilute it, and when you dilute it, you have to use a carrier oil and not water. Test on yourself first to make sure it’s not too strong and will irritate your little one’s mouth!
6. Frozen teethers: Not such a hit with her. I think she doesn’t like that when she holds them, her hands get cold too. I can’t really blame her for that.
7. Frozen peas/crushed ice: The frozen peas were recommended by my mother-in-law. Because they’re frozen, they feel good on her gums (without making her hands cold like the frozen teethers), and once she gnaws on them a bit, they get mushy enough for her to swallow (though if you’re nervous about choking, a friend recommended crushed ice, which would melt). The success rate for this has been about 50/50. Sometimes it seems to give her relief, sometimes it only serves as a distraction.
Some moms also use mesh teethers and put a frozen strawberry or something in there. The mesh part eliminates the choking hazard and most babies love the strawberry 🙂
8. Distraction: as mentioned in Tuesday’s post, good, old-fashioned distraction works wonders. As long as she’s busy playing and having a good time, she doesn’t stop to think about her teeth, but watch out when you put her in the car seat to leave or get up off the floor to do something else. Game. Over.
Some things I haven’t tried-
Sophie the Giraffe: This is a must have for a lot of moms, but I hesitated from buying one of these when I read a review where a mom reported that her baby rolled onto it and one of the legs jammed down his throat (he was fine, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop worrying about it if she had one). I later found this version, which eliminates the worry with the legs, and I kind of wish we had one because I think L would probably love it.
Vibrating Teether: The vibration offers a gum massage, although every time I think of getting one, I get a vision of L with a confused, panicked look on her face. If I come across one, I may try it sometime, but I haven’t gone out of my way to get one.