Have you ever wondered which teething remedies work best and which ones are just quackery? I have, but honestly there have been times where I would have tried anything, ANYTHING . . . even a placebo effect would have been welcome! Fortunately I’ve made some great finds along the way, which I’m sharing with you today.
When you’re shopping around keep in mind that some say amber which is light in color contains the most succinic acid. Also, necklaces are not “supposed” to be worn at night, but obviously that’s when babies are usually most uncomfortable when teething. Most moms DO leave them on all the time (except bathtime) and just make sure that the necklace fits snugly so that it’s not likely to get caught on anything. It would be irresponsible for me to tell you what to do, but I’m sure you know what’s best for your little one.
This helps by reducing cortisol levels and increasing white blood cell counts, which reduces stress and promotes healing for inflamed gums.
This is an almond-based blend made by Herbs for Kids. It contains clove oil and willow bark extract, which are natural analgesics, and chamomile extract to help calm cranky babies. This stuff works WAAAAY better than the Hylands ever did for us and my only regret is that we didn’t discover it sooner (Katie had most of her teeth). Really helped with the molars, though!
Update: You can make your own teething oil at home. It’s cheap and easy! Here’s the recipe.
We put ice in ours and let our kids slurp happily at the dinner table, in the car . . . just about anywhere, really! I guess it really is the little things. You can check them out here.
Celery and Carrots
Celery is said to have an analgesic effect and both can be frozen to boost their soothing powers. Note: Many moms use this on babies that don’t have any teeth visible because they think it’s unlikely the baby will be able to bite off any pieces and possibly choke. Others use them with babies that have teeth and supervise carefully. Please exercise caution.
We ♥ Sophie the Giraffe around here. Made with all-natural rubber and delightfully squeaky, Sophie is very patient when Micah knaws on her nose . . . and her legs. And the fact that he squeezes her like a tube of toothpaste hasn’t been a problem so far, either.