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Safe Baby Teething Remedies

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    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.

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    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.

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    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.

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    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.

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Breastfeeding

    Every baby teethes in her own way. While sucking may aggravate teething pain for some babies (sometimes leading to a nursing strike), others may want to nurse more often for the sheer comfort of it. Is your baby using mama’s nipples as a teething toy? Teething does not need to mean the end of breastfeeding; if your baby seems tempted to bite during nursing, try rubbing a clean finger over her gums before beginning and ending the session once she seems full, but not yet bored.

    Plus:
    Dr. Sears on Biting While Breastfeeding
    Dr. Sears on Nursing Strikes

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    Plush Teething Toy

    A soft plush toy from an organic brand like Under the Nile is a safe option for baby to chew on when teething is a pain. We love their fruits and veggies line, like these striped bananas, as well as their plush ring toys and “blanket friend” toys because they’re both super soft and machine washable.

    Striped Banana from underthenile.com, $7

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    OTC Pain Reliever

    Be sure to ask your pediatrician first (especially for early teethers, as doctor’s approval should be given for acetaminophen in babies less than 3 months of age and ibuprofen in babies less than 6 months of age), but some parents find that a dose of infant acetaminophen or ibuprofen can work wonders, especially during a tough middle-of-the-night screaming episodes. Make sure to read the product labeling fully, especially in light of changes to the formulation of OTC versions of acetaminophen for infants.

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies
    No More Concentrated Formula of Infant OTC Acetaminophen

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    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 like Teething Bling from Smart Mom 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. Available in a rainbow of colors.

    Lapis Lazuli Donut Shaped Pendant from smartmomjewelry.com, $19.10

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Baby Orajel Naturals

    Free of benzocaine, alcohol, and dyes, Baby Orajel Naturals is an alternative to the regular version of Baby Orajel, which does contains benzocaine, an ingredient the FDA has recently issued a warning about because of its association with a rare but serious condition called metheminoglobinemia. The active ingredient in Baby Orajel Naturals is eugenol, which is derived from the oil of the clove plant, which is known for its antiseptic, analgesic, antibacterial, and local anesthetic properties. (You may have read suggestions for rubbing diluted clove oil on baby’s gums for teething; this takes the guesswork out of the potency for mamas in desperate need of a remedy while baby is shrieking in pain.) Available at major retailers and pharmacies.

     

    Baby Orajel Naturals from drugstore.com, $5.99

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Camilia

    A widely available alternative to teething products containing benzocaine is Camilia, a homeopathic medicine from French company Boiron. Camilia containes homeopathic preparations of German chamomile (for relief of teething pain and irritability), Poke (to soothe painful gums) and Chinese rhubarb (for help with minor digestive disorders, like diarrhea, sometimes associated with teething). Comes in 5 or 20 dose single-use dose packages. Reminder: be sure to check with your pediatrician before administering any OTC teething remedy.

    Boiron Camilia from amazon.com, $6.39

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Wooden Teether

    Babies like to gnaw on all kinds of things, especially things that really don’t belong in their mouths. Next time baby reaches for the remote as a snack, hand her a sweet wooden teether, like one from HABA, Camden Rose, or this sweet owl teether from Etsy shop Little Alouette. They’re handmade in Ohio from locally sourced hardwoods and are available either unfinished or finished with certified organic flaxseed oil.

    Wee Wooden Owl Teething Toy from littlealouette.etsy.com, $15

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    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 prove to be one of your babe’s faves. We’re also fans of this Hevea panda teether, made from 100% natural rubber latex (free of BPA, PVC, pthalates, and artificial colors; $13.50).

    Sophie the Giraffe from jilliansdrawers.com, $21.95

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    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.

    Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder from amazon.com, $7.69/2 pk

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Distraction

    Sometimes a change of scenery or activity is all it takes to help distract baby from teething pain, at least temporarily. Try running a bath for baby—the warm water may help him to relax—or even just some giving some unexpected cuddle time.

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    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. We like this sweet easy-to-grab BPA- and PVC-free apple-shaped teether from Green Sprouts.

    Green Sprouts Fruit Teether from jilliansdrawers.com, $3.95

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Silicone Teether

    Another popular option for teething tots is silicone teethers, like those from Born Free or this one from Lifefactory (shown). Dishwasher safe, this teether is BPA-, phthalate-, PVC- and latex-free. It can be stuck in the fridge or freezer, and best of all, worn by mama as a funky little bracelet, so relief is always close at hand. Available in a rainbow of bright colors.

    Lifefactory Silicone Teether from jilliansdrawers.com, $6.95

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Vibrating Teether

    This teether from Sassy is not only multi-textured and water-filled (ideal for chilling in the fridge), but it vibrates when baby chomps on the water-filled section, which helps stimulate gums.

    Sassy Vibrating Textures Teether from diapers.com, $5.99

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Hyland’s Teething Gel

    Although Hyland’s teething tablets were recently recalled by the FDA, its teething gel is still on store shelves. Hyland’s Teething Gel is a homeopathic teething remedy that contains very small amounts of its active ingredients: Calcarea Phosphorica (a mineral that supports teething), Chamomilla (a botanical that relieves irritability), Coffea Cruda (a botanical that relieves the symptoms of wakefulness and diuresis), and Belladonna (a botanical that relieves gum inflammation and redness). Although the Belladonna plant can be toxic when ingested in large doses, homeopathic Belladonna is safe and non-toxic, due to the miniscule concentration in the gel. Available at major retailers, pharmacies, and health food stores nationwide.

    Hyland’s Teething Gel from amazon.com, $4.55

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Sippy Cup

    If baby is old enough (around 6 months), try offering a slow flow sippy cup of cool water to suck on for comfort.

    Plus:
    Teething FAQ
    Guide to Teething Symptoms & Remedies

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    Breakfast

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    Whole-grain bagel spread with part-skim ricotta, drizzled with honey (for children over 1), and topped with banana slices. “Ricotta's creamy and mild like cream cheese but has more calcium and protein and less fat than even the reduced-fat kind,” says Lapine.

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