Natural Remedies for Teething Pain Relief

By Tanvi|2 - 3 mins read| July 10, 2024

Ah, teething. It’s a right of passage for all little ones, and let’s be honest, parents often feel the brunt of it alongside their precious bundles of joy. Witnessing your baby in discomfort can be heartbreaking, and the quest for effective relief becomes your top priority.

While there are over-the-counter medications available, many parents prefer natural remedies for their babies.  The good news is that there are several safe and effective options at your disposal to help your little one navigate this challenging phase.

Understanding Teething

Teething typically starts around 6 months, though it can vary from child to child. As those tiny teeth push through the gums, it can cause irritation and inflammation, leading to a variety of symptoms like:

  • Drooling
  • Fussiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Chewing on objects
  • Mild fever (under 100.4°F)

Natural Soothers to the Rescue!

While there’s no magic bullet for teething, these natural remedies can provide much-needed relief:

  • Cool Comfort: The coolness numbs the gums, offering temporary relief. Let your little one chomp on a chilled (not frozen!) teething ring, a wet washcloth, or a spoon in the fridge.
  • Gum Massage: Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger or a wet gauze pad. The pressure can be quite soothing.
  • Chamomile Power: This calming herb comes in handy for teething babies too! Make a weak, chamomile tea (ensure it’s caffeine-free) and let your baby sip a little (consult your pediatrician if your baby is under 6 months). You can dip a finger in cooled chamomile tea and rub it on their gums.
  • Chew on This: Teething toys are lifesavers! Look for ones made from safe, non-toxic materials and avoid those filled with liquid (which can leak) or that get too hard when frozen.

Additional Tips

  • Distraction is Key: Sometimes, a simple distraction can take your baby’s mind off the discomfort. Try singing songs, playing peek-a-boo, or offering a favorite toy.
  • Offer Cool (Not Cold) Foods: Teething babies often crave something to chew on. Offer chilled fruits like peeled and segmented cucumbers, or chilled yogurt drops.
  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth after each feeding to remove any bacteria or food particles that might irritate the gums.

Important Must-Knows

  • Safety First: Always supervise your baby when they’re using teething toys and discard any that show signs of wear or tear.
  • Know When to Call the Doctor: A fever above 100.4°F, excessive fussiness, diarrhea, or signs of an infection warrant a call to your pediatrician.
  • This Too Shall Pass: Remember, teething is a temporary phase. By offering comfort and these natural remedies, you can help your little one through it.

Bonus Tip: For older babies (over 6 months), consider a chilled mesh feeder filled with fresh fruits like bananas or apples. The coolness soothes gums, while the soft texture provides a safe chewing surface.

Conclusion

Teething doesn’t have to be a nightmare. With a little patience and these natural remedies, you can help your little one sail through this developmental milestone with smiles (and maybe a little less drool) along the way!


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Last Updated: Wed Jul 10 2024

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