Your poor little one is getting a mouth full of teeth and, let me tell you, the struggle is real! They will have swollen gums, pain, discomfort, fever, sleep poorly, etc, etc. While there are tons of products you can buy to help baby teeth more peacefully, today I will be focusing on natural remedies! Real quick let me specify that by natural I mean it is either a 100% natural product or it is a non-injested product (treating the symptoms without medication).
Things at home
Before you for running out to buy every little thing, lets grab what you have. ANYTHING YOU CAN MAKE COLD. Well, not anything, but pretty much anything safe for baby that can be cold. My kids favorites: frozen waffles/pancakes/bagels, frozen damp wash cloth, frozen applesauce, frozen breast milk. Obviously remember the age of your baby, you do not want to be handing a bagel to a three-month old, but if your babe has started solids and is loving food then bagel it up!
Next, search the house for rubber or silicone. Good examples of this are kitchen spatulas, pacifiers, most baby toys, cups. These things, especially those made to handle food, are usually very safe for baby since they are food grade and lack any harsh chemicals. Try to stay away from things bought at the dollar store as they are most likely not so “natural”.
Also, don’t be afraid to try your finger, thumb, hand, elbow, whatever body part baby wants in their mouth. Applying pressure to the gums helps to relieve pain and massage the tooth up. It may not be the most pleasant option for you but it will definitely be fun for baby!
Things to buy
Go to Amazon, type is baby teething and buy everything. Just kidding! There are a couple of great options that focus on being more natural and actually work.
- Camilia Teething Relief– these single dose natural medications are AMAZING. I used these as well as the colic drops. They are all natural, have great ratings on Amazon and the single dose packaging makes them easy to take anywhere. My son would be a completely different, much happier, child within 20 min of taking these. I highly recommend.
- Baltic Amber Necklace– I personally do not subscribe to the theory behind these but I know many people swear by them. Read more about them here.
- Wooden Teething Necklace– these are great because the natural wood helps to massage gums while providing the hard surface they desire to really chew on. Added benefit of no chemicals because it’s wood!
- Electronic Baby Toothbrush– if you buy nothing else please buy this! The vibrations soothe gums and it’s safe to chew on and makes a relaxing white noise sound for baby AND prepares them for teeth brushing down the road. Seriously, a complete win.
Things to do
Now that you have some natural and non-medicinal remedies lets talk about some things you can do as well. I mentioned above that pressure on the gums will help tremendously and it is generally easier to gauge pressure when you use your finger, but you can try a pacifier or any teething toy. It is also important to help baby relax. So find what comforts your little one the most and stick with it. My son was swaddled until almost a year because it comforted him during teething, growth spurts, developmental spurts, etc. My daughter needs music. We went out and got a fancy pants sound machine for her to try to help soothe her. Other common soothing actions: cuddles, breastfeeding, singing, shushing, car rides, bouncy seats, baths. Really everything you do on a normal basis, just do whatever your baby loves the most a little extra to help keep those smiles flowing.
Things to remember
While staying natural with your baby product and parenting choices is admirable, always remember to do what is best for you and baby. If the doc recommends medicine and nothing else is working, then it is ok to give meds! Never feel bad about choices you make for your child because chances are you are the only person that can make the best decision for you, your family and your baby! But if you are hell-bent are staying natural, at least you now have a good idea about where to start!
Also, get a vibrating toothbrush. It is that important that it requires an additional mention! Comment below with your teething must-haves and remember sharing is caring!