Teething…a tough time for baby AND for mama. Your once giggly baby, possibly great sleeper becomes a very unhappy, cranky baby. But there’s hope! You don’t have to sit as your heart breaks watching your sad baby. I’ve collaborated with some amazing mamas who want to help you by sharing their tips.
But first, let’s talk about teething.
What is Teething?
Teething is the process of a baby’s teeth erupting from the gums. Unfortunately this is a painful experience for babies, which is why we came together to share teething remedies that we used to help our little ones.
When does Teething Happen?
Typically teething begins around 6 months, but it’s different for everyone. My son started at 3 months and had 18 teeth by the time he turned 1. My poor boobs lol. When and how often the teeth come in will vary from child to child, so it’s good to know the signs.
- Decreased appetite
- Excessive drooling
- Constant need to chew
- Ear pulling
- Tender, swollen gums which will turn into white bumps as the teeth protrude beyond the gums
Not Teething Symptoms
According to HealthyChildren.org, the below are not symptoms of teething and you should contact your child’s pediatrician if your baby experiences them.
- Fever of 101 or higher
Popular Remedies the FDC Warns Against
“There are serious risks associated with using jewelry marketed for relieving teething pain such as choking, strangulation, injury to the mouth, and infection. Other concerns include potential injury to the mouth or infection if a piece of the jewelry irritates or pierces the child’s gums.” Here’s the full article.
Products that contain Benzocaine
“Benzocaine — a local anesthetic — is the active ingredient in several OTC oral health care products such as Anbesol, Baby Orajel, Cepacol, Chloraseptic, Hurricaine, Orabase, Orajel, and Topex. These products should not be used for teething because they can be dangerous and are not useful because they wash out of a baby’s mouth within minutes.
The use of benzocaine gels, sprays, ointments, solutions, and lozenges for mouth and gum pain can lead to a serious — and sometimes fatal — condition called methemoglobinemia, in which the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells is greatly reduced.” Here’s the full article.
Mommy & Baby Approved, Safe Solutions That Work
Just as the timing of a baby’s first tooth can vary, so can a babies response to different remedies. Below you’ll find remedies to soothe teething pain from fellow mamas and my favorite teething products. I’ve tried all of these solutions and can testify that they worked on my son.
Keep in mind that while a solution may have worked yesterday, it may not work today. And what didn’t work yesterday is working miracles today. Babies can be shifty that way. Make sure to pin this post for future reference so you’ll be prepared to help relieve your baby’s teething pain.
Mindy from MindyJonesBlog.com says,
“Keep teethers cold! Place them in the fridge and the cool teether will soothe their gums. For on the go, bring a small insulated pouch with an ice pack and toss the teether in.
Don’t have a teether? Keep pacifiers cold in the fridge and grab out to use as a teething substitute!
My daughter LOVED the Nuby Teethe-eez teether.”
Tiffany from MommyofMayhem.com says,
“My youngest son is 9 months old and he has FOUR teeth coming through right now. When he’s particularly fussy, I do a calming routine with him: I start with a warm bath (water calms him almost instantly!) and then do a massage with coconut oil and one or two drops of a calming essential oil (such as lavender or frankincense).
Massage helps reduce levels of cortisol – which is the body’s stress hormone. I start with his feet and rub small, gentle circles over the bottoms of his feet and then massage his little toes. From his feet, I work my way up, rubbing his legs and even his belly. He’s usually pretty calm by the time I get to his head, so I will very gently rub along his jawline then around his mouth, nose and temples. I’ll rub his gums last; I’ve been surprised by how often he allows me to rub his gums – with his mouth wide open!
Some days, the best answer for a teething baby is to just suckle (either at the breast or on a bottle) and snuggle. The days are long but the years fly by in an instant – we have to soak up the snuggles while we can!”
Nicci from MyJoyfulPregnancy.com says,
Oh, the notorious stages of teething for a baby!! My son starting drooling like a broken fire hydrant at around 5 months and as a first-time mom, I couldn’t stay naive for long.
One successful solution that works for my son is to always have something he can use to apply pressure on his gums. This is a great pain distraction! You can be creative, use room temperature teething toys, your finger, or, if your child is anything like my son, he’ll use anything.
If you want to stick to more natural remedies, I found breastfeeding to be a huge success for my son. For some moms, this may not work because your baby will have a tendency to bite. However, I found that nursing is a reliable way that gives your baby comfort and helps distract from pain! My son is now 8 months old and his drooling faucet has switched off. He has two little chipmunk teeth on his bottom gum and we’re still nursing strong!
Christie from HerDailyFiat.com says,
“For teething I turn to simple home remedies. I let my little one gnaw on a cold, wet washcloth and nurse as often as possible. While it can be frustrating at times to nurse so frequently, it often calms them and provides comfort. Lastly I always got my toddler out of the house – to play dates, the zoo, a picnic. Other mom friends usually don’t mind a grouchy, teething child because they know what it is like. Baby friends and other moms can provide a distraction for your kid AND for you.”
Jordan from MindfulMamaHealth.com says,
“If your baby has started eating solids, let them gnaw on a firm cool apple or pear. You can offer a whole apple or cut it into slices for them to bite. Either way, this tasty snack will soothe their gums as new teeth pop through.”
My Favorite Products to Help Soothe Teething Pain
Believe the hype, this little banana went everywhere with us! My little one loved to chew on it all the time. The soft bristles really helped to massage his sore gums and was a great introduction to brushing his teeth.
I have to admit, when my son’s godmother bought this for him and I thought it looked ridiculous. No, no my mama friend, this thing is perfect! My little one really enjoyed exploring all the different textures with his gums. And since it comes in a 2 pack, keep one in the diaper bag and one at home so you’ll always have it near by.
This teething feeder allows your baby to safely gnaw on foods. As you read, many moms found success with cold items. The cold sensation helps to numb the irritated area and was a go-to for us with my son. We used to put apple sauce in the feeder and pop it in the freezer before serving to our baby and it really helped to distract him and relieve his discomfort.
Alright mamas, those are our tips, I hope you found them helpful!