Natural Teething Remedies for Your Baby

natual teething remedies

Teething is an unpleasant time for babies. It’s incredibly uncomfortable and the little darlings don’t even know what’s going on. No wonder they’re upset. Here are some natural options for teething remedies.

natural teething remedies

Why you need to use ‘natural’ for teething remedies?

Many over the counter teething remedies contain benzocaine. However, FDA warned that the use of benzocaine can lead to a serious and rare condition called ‘methemoglobinemia‘.

Methemoglobenemia does decreases the amount of oxygen flowing through the bloodstream and children under 2 years old are in particular danger. This statistic makes it particularly important to use natural pain relief for teething babies.

When can I expect teething to start?

Most babies start teething around 6 months old, but it can start as early as 4 months or as late as 12 months. (Teething ages seem to run in families. Look at your family history to see if you’re early, average or late teethers.)

Which teeth come in first?

There are always outliers, but, in general, babies’ teeth come in this order:

  • 5–7 months: bottom incisors (bottom front teeth)
  • 6–8 months: top incisors (top front teeth)
  • 9–11 months: top lateral incisors (either side of the top front teeth)
  • 10–12 months: bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth)
  • 12–16 months: first molars (back teeth)
  • 16–20 months: canines (in between the incisors and molars)
  • 20–30 months: second molars (behind the first molars)

Most children have all their baby teeth by the time they’re 25–33 months old (about 2 and a half years).

Teething symptoms

When teething first starts you’ll usually notice your baby crying more than usual and having trouble sleeping. She’ll act fussier, and may stick her fingers in her mouth to try to relieve the discomfort. Teething pain can affect her jaw, ear, or even shoulder, so you might see her rubbing those areas. Her gums will look red and swollen – blisters might form over the erupting teeth as well.

Your baby might lose her appetite, when she was a healthy eater before, but want to bite down on anything and everything. (This is where natural teething toys come in handy.) She might also get a rash around her mouth that looks like eczema. (It’s not, though, it’s usually just irritation from increased moisture and touching her face.)

What are not teething symptoms

If your baby experiences fever, diarrhoea, cough or cold symptoms you should probably bring her to the doctor if they don’t go away in a day or two.

Previously, these were considered as normal teething symptoms, but doctors no longer believe that. It’s possible baby might have picked up some sort of bug while she was sticking everything in her mouth. Probably nothing to worry about, but a visit to the doctor can set your mind at ease.

How to get some natural pain relief for teething babies

One of the best natural teething remedies is simply your attention. Talk to your bub, play with her, and give her a gentle massage to distract her from her pain and help her relax.

There are also many fantastic non-toxic options for teething remedies available in the market:

Apple Park Farm Buddies Organic Blankie – These non toxic polyester-free organic cotton blankies can be soaked in water and kept in the fridge. The cold feels good on baby’s sore gums, and when she’s not teething she’ll have an adorable blankie to snuggle with.

Apple Park Farm Buddies Organic Blankie
Apple Park Farm Buddies Organic Blankie

Boon Gnaw Teething Tether – This BPA, PVC and phthalate free tether clips to Baby’s clothes so teethers, rusks and cutlery don’t end up on the floor. It’s dishwasher safe too.

Boon Gnaw Teething Tether
Boon Gnaw Teething Tether

Hevea Panda Teether – This 100% natural rubber teether’s soft and has a textured surface to soothe Baby’s gums. Its shape makes it easy for little hands to hold on to, and you can just boil to sterilise.

Qtoys Natural Ring Wooden Teether – These wooden teethers are made from fair traded sustainable forests in Vietnam. The rings are coloured with natural materials and finished with beeswax. It’s a safe surface to chew on and babies are less likely to gag on the chunky shape.

Want to know more about natural teething remedies? You can also read Guide to Safe and Natural Teething Remedies for Baby . 

 

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Guide to Safe and Natural Teething Remedies for Baby

safe & natural teething remedies for baby

Guide to Safe and Natural Teething Remedies for BabyThere are few things as distressing as watching your baby begin the teething process. It can be a painful affair, and your poor little one has no idea what is going on. Their little gums are painful, cheeks may be red and inflamed, and they may be drooling more than normal. To parents trying to raise their baby as naturally as possible, the idea of using medicines or topical lotions with harsh chemicals just isn’t right. And it leaves you wondering just what you can do to provide some relief for your baby naturally.

Fortunately, there are several natural teething remedies for baby. Some involve chewing, but if your baby has very sore gums they may simply want something cool to suck on. Try a few different ideas until you find something that suits you and your baby.

Fabric Chew Toys Fabric Chew Toys

Teething babies love to chew on things, and there are some great fabric toys that are specifically designed for young babies to chew. Always choose organic, so that you know the fabric is safe for them.

Try the very popular Keptin Jr organic cotton comforters, made from organic cotton and sheep’s wool. These have long ears, or pointy hats and are absolutely perfect for babies to cut teeth on.

Apple Park and Under the Nile organic toys are also designed for babies to chew. Whichever brand you choose, I highly recommend buying two of the same toy. That way you can have one on the go and one in the wash.

Water filled teethers

There are plenty of water filled cooling teethers available. These go into the fridge, not the freezer, so they’re not too cold for baby to grasp. Make sure that you buy a brand that is BPA free.

Cold fruit or vegetables

My children didn’t start teething until they were on solids, so it made it very easy for us to introduce cold fruits and vegetable for them to gnaw on. Cucumber was a favourite, cut up into sticks and kept in the fridge until needed. Cucumber is soothing and calming, so it’s understandable that it feels good on sore gums.

Boon_Pulp_Feeder_Blue_TangerineMy eldest son loved to chew on lemon slices. I thought this was very strange, until years later a naturopath told me that lemon is a natural painkiller.

Whichever fruit or vegetable you choose, ensure that it’s appropriate for baby’s age. You may need to partly cook harder vegetables, so that there is no choking risk.

You could also try b.box mesh feeder or Boon pulp silicone feeder. The are unique and cute and they work wonders with babies. Just pop the cold fruit inside, and voila! A feeding teether.

Amber necklaces

Baltic amber jewellery is another traditional remedy. I have to admit that they didn’t seem to make any difference to my children, but I know so many parents who swear by them. Be sensible about how and when you use them (i.e. don’t ever leave them on while baby is unattended). Amberease Amber Necklaces look lovely, so they’re worth a try!

Wooden teething toys and rings Wooden teething toys and rings

There are beautiful wooden teethers available, such as those from Hess Spielzeug or the beautifully simple QToys Assorted Teether, which are coloured with all natural vegetable dyes. Babies and toddlers can happily gnaw away on these and give those new teeth a workout.

Whichever wooden teether you choose, make sure it’s made from sustainable wood, and that the finishes are non toxic.

Chamomile Tea

Try brewing some chamomile tea and freezing it in an ice pop mould, or even just as an ice cube. Chamomile is a traditional teething remedy, too. If you’re breastfeeding, try drinking chamomile tea as this may help your teething baby.

Homeopathic remedies Homeopathic remedies

If you are a believer in homeopathy, why not try a remedy such as the Weleda Baby Teething Powder, or the traditional homeopathic teething remedies, chamomilla and belladonna. Depending on the symptoms, you may want to visit a homeopath and get a personalized remedy.

You could also try a natural teething gel, like the one from Hyland’s. You just rub this across baby’s gums.

Frozen Face Washer

Lots of mothers I know swear by the frozen washcloth. Simply soak a washcloth in water and place it in the freezer. Baby can then chew on the cold fabric.

Another alternative is tying a clean handkerchief around an ice cube, and allowing baby to suck on that.

Natural Rubber Teethers Natural Rubber Teethers

Sophie the Giraffe is the most well known of all the natural rubber teethers. She’s hugely popular for good reason – she’s fabulous. She makes a perfect gift for a newborn, too!

There are also natural rubber teethers from Hevea, like the Kawan teeether or the Panda Teether.

You could also try a natural rubber dummy, like the Natursutten, or Natural Rubber Soothers (who also have a natural rubber teether in their range). Even if your baby doesn’t use a dummy, the rubber is great for chewing. It’s natural latex, and free of nitrosamines, so they’re safe for baby.

Silicone Teething Jewellery

There are a number of Australian brands of silicone jewellery that are designed for babies to chew on, like tiny & i. The jewellery is designed to be worn by mums, but with silicone beads that are soft on baby’s gums. They’re super stylish and you won’t be left with teeth marks in your wooden beads.

There are lots of great options for soothing sore gums without having to resort to Bonjela. See which one you like, and let us know in the comments below!

Please note that if your baby has a temperature or is vomiting, or displays any other symptoms that are concerning you, it’s important that you see your health care professional.

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