Giving birth is one thing, but after having a baby and getting through the sometimes scary newborn phase, there are plenty of other hurdles to get over as a parent with a baby. Experienced parents are no strangers to this sort of thing. But for a newbie, then finding the best remedies for teething can be daunting. The truth is, just like a lot of other things, one thing mothers wonder about as a new parent is figuring out the whole teething thing. But once they do, it's a walk in the park when they get the hang of it.
Aside from the store-bought teething rings and rubber teething toys available for babies to gnaw on, there are plenty of weird teething remedies that parents still utilize. And when they're dealing with a teething baby, they'll likely to try anything as long as it doesn't harm their baby. Enduring nights of a newborn baby wailing is nothing compared to the seemingly constant sounds of distress coming from a teething baby. And the idea that there's nothing parents can do to help, them makes it even worse to endure as a parent.
Luckily, there are plenty of remedies for teething and getting the baby through this phase that is new to them and very possibly just as foreign to the parents as well. Keeping a supply of Infant Tylenol on hand is simple enough, as are frozen teething rings, but there are plenty of other methods to employ should the pain be too much to bear.
16 Long, Peeled, Cold Carrot
Luckily for the baby, carrots don't have a strong taste as far as vegetables go, and may even have a certain sweetness to appeal to the baby's taste buds. They're also extremely hard as raw vegetables, and adding in a cold factor makes them excellent teething accessories. It might be a handy idea to keep some peeled carrots in a jar of cold water in the fridge for little teethers.
Since the baby likely has no teeth or maybe one or two to lay claim to, he or she can't conceivably bite the carrot. The hard texture and cold temperature make it ideal for the baby's tender gums. Of course, parents should still keep a close eye on their teething baby as they use a cold peeled carrot to soothe their gums, and even hold it themselves as they use it, but it's a small price to pay to be able to give the baby some natural comfort.
15 Frozen Socks
Just like the frozen waffle, frozen socks do the trick when it comes to your teething baby. Of course, make sure that the socks are totally clean, without being washed with super concentrated clothes soap and fabric softener. Make sure the sock in question was washed with dye-free and fragrance-free laundry detergent, and that no fabric softener was used.
Pop it in the freezer until it reaches the point of being almost frozen (it shouldn't be rock hard) and take it out for your baby to gnaw on. It might look strange, so feel free to limit the sock teether to the confines of your home, but it's a quick and easy trick to help your little one out.
This is another teether that you can dip in chamomile before freezing. Be careful that the baby doesn't fill their mouth with the sock. You can even put your hand in the sock and use a couple of fingers to rub the cold sock over the gums for pain relief.
14 Half-Frozen Washcloth and Chamomile Tea
Once again, we go back to the hard, cold textures, but when it comes to teething, that's going to be your best bet for your little one. In this case, the washcloth being partly frozen adds some coldness and firmness to the unusual teething method, but it's also something you can help the baby grab onto. Especially since it's frosty texture might be too cold for their little hands.
And the chamomile tea has been used for years to treat stomach issues, soothe colic, and calm swollen and sensitive gums while teething. Of course, you should only dip a corner of the washcloth before putting it into the freezer for a bit, and continue to keep an eye on your teething baby. But, it offers a strange yet effective and homeopathic remedy for your teething little one.
If your baby is eating solids, sometimes adding a bit of chamomile tea to their foods can also offer a bit of relief and calm to their sore gums.
13 Hanging Egg Trick
If it sounds totally weird to you, you aren't alone. Hanging an egg in the doorway of your baby's room is about as strange and out there as teething remedies come. But if you're looking for tricks and solutions that don't involve actual medicines or similar remedies, then at least consider it. The worst that could happen is that you'd be out of an egg.
This old wives' trick says that in order to help your baby overcome teething pain, attach an eggshell to a string and hang it in your baby's doorway or in their closet. According to the trick, somehow, through some unknown superstition-fueled ways, this will help your baby. Obviously, this isn't scientifically proven in any way.
But, if you find yourself willing to try anything, by all means, go for it, right? Of course at the same time you might be laughing at just how desperate you are to try this.
12 Frozen Waffles
Using a frozen waffle for your teething baby is along the same lines as using a cold, peeled carrot. Your baby will be gnawing on something that isn't unnatural, like plastic or rubber. And the fact that the food is frozen will mean that he or she likely isn't taking huge bites of the frozen food. The waffle also offers grooves for the baby to gnaw on and find comfort in.
The coldness will soothe your baby's gums, while the hard waffle that has a slight give to it will become almost chewy while staying mostly in one piece. Still, it's important to keep a close eye on your baby as they use a frozen waffle to make their incoming teeth and gums feel some relief. The more they suck on the waffle, the more defrosted it will become. So watch little ones carefully when using this method to bring pain relief.
11 Peeled Ginger Root
No, your baby should not take a chunk of ginger root and start gumming it in order to make his or her gums feel a little better for a little while. Instead, this strange teething remedy includes you for the most part. Once you peel the fresh ginger root, take the exposed part that is moist and has just had the other skin peeled off, and rub it along your little one's gums.
The ginger will help in soothing their gums, while the sweet smell and taste are just added bonuses. Make sure to keep a firm grasp on the ginger root, though, as it can pose a choking hazard for your baby. Never let them take over for you, regardless of how strong those little hands of theirs are.
When you are cutting the ginger root, you may want to create a smaller peeled end that can easily fit between the gums, but have a handle end that you can hold onto to ensure the baby cannot establish a grip that they can wrestle the piece away from you.
10 Bottle Slushie
If you haven't noticed yet, the key to soothing your teething baby's gums is coldness, which leads to numbness and pain-free moments of bliss for them. In this case, use your breastmilk, formula, or whatever sort of milk variety your baby is on to make a slushie of sorts.
Even ice chips are good for pain relief. You can add these to bottles of water since the ice chips will be too small to pass through the bottle's nipple. And as the chips melt, the baby can drink them.
The shards of slushy ice are easy for your baby to handle and melt fast enough so that they aren't left with a heaping mouthful of freezing cold milk. But it also makes it seem to your little one like they're getting an ice cream treat, so encourage these bottle slushies while they're teething, and they're sure to seek them out from you.
9 Breast Milk Popsicles
For this teething relief method, get an ice cube tray and pour some of your breast milk into each individual slot. Add popsicle sticks to each. Once they've frozen, pop them out to help your little one eat. The cold temperature of the breast milk popsicle will help the inflammation of your baby's gums, while the flavor will make them want to keep going at their new popsicle.
You can also use the ice cube trays that come in longer, more cylinder-shaped moulds, making the breast milk popsicle more accessible to be able to eat like a sucker or a popsicle than a huge chunk on the end of a stick. IKEA sells plastic popsicle moulds that are perfect for creating breast milk popsicles.
Always be careful when feeding popsicles to babies as large chunks can break free if they are chewed off of the main popsicle piece.
8 Essential Oils
The idea of using fresh and sweet-smelling essential oils on the gums to soothe teething may sound silly, but it's another unusual teething remedy that, in most cases, works. While there are several essential oils which are considered useful in soothing teething aches, colic, and just a fussy baby in general, let's focus on a couple of the more easily accessible oils.
Use lavender oil because of its complex chemical structure that makes it safe when mixed with water. Use on the outside of your baby's cheek and even dab on their sore gums. Or, use vanilla extract the same way, making sure to dilute it with some water first. Vanilla extract will not only help soothe your baby's gums, but it will also reduce the anxiousness they may be feeling because of their teething.
At the most, it's something to try if you and your little one is desperate for some relief.
7 Pure Vanilla Extract
As stated above, pure vanilla extract is the way to go for a weird, but natural and totally safe home teething remedy for your baby. Make it a point to keep some on hand. The benefits of using diluted vanilla extract to dab on the gums are many.
In addition to the alcohol in vanilla extract making the gums warm, vanilla has been known to help raise your spirit when down and energize you at the same time. Now, your growing toddler might not need much in the way of energy, but when they're teething and not feeling like doing much of anything, a little pick me up certainly couldn't hurt.
Vanilla is also known to help with tummy aches and possibly sooth baby's anxiety as well. This may help when babies create an overflow of drool due to their teething gums and become agitated by the excess drool in their mouth and on their face.
6 Amber Teething Necklace
This might not be as unusual as a frozen sock or a breast milk slushie, but the amber teething necklace is definitely pretty unique in its own right. Amber teething necklaces are made for your baby to wear. The idea is that their body heat is what triggers the oil in the amber and that the oil is what helps soothe your baby's swollen gums.
While doctors do not openly recommend amber teething necklaces because of the obvious choking hazard they pose to babies, there is always the option of your baby wearing them only in your presence or as bracelets instead of necklaces.
These necklaces are a hotly debated topic in some circles. While some mothers swear by them, other women find that they don't do anything, that they're just an expensive baby necklace. But hey, if it works for you, that's all that matters.
5 Popsicles of Barley Water and Juice
Just when you thought these unusual teething remedies were actually starting to sound kind of normal, we have to hit you with this one. Mixing barley water and strawberry juice together is not only a very natural way to soothe your baby's sore gums, but it's also a way to introduce them to some flavors they may not be otherwise familiar with.
Soak barley in boiling water and then drain in order to obtain the barley water. Then, add it to your baby's favorite juice or even the breast milk slushie we mentioned before. The beauty of using barley of all things is the anti-inflammatory properties of barley, which will work on lessening the swollen appearance and feeling in your baby's gums.
Keep in mind that this mixture is it's going to be given straight should only be given in small quantities.
4 Hazelwood Teething Necklace
The hazelwood teething necklace is similar to the amber necklace, as to be expected, but in this case, it is slightly different. Sure, hazelwood offers the ability to lessen the pain and discomfort of teething, but also contains anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-oxidants; we can all agree that they are plenty necessary for the development of a child.
But as with the amber teething necklace, keep a close eye on your baby, should you choose to go this route for a teething solution. Obviously, there is no cure-all, but if you can lessen the discomfort of your baby for just a little while, that's all that matters.
The active ingredient in these necklaces is succinic acid. Succinic acid is a natural pain reliever and contain anti-inflammatory and nervous system calmer. This type of acid is absorbed through the skin, so if you use a bracelet, you might find that this works best for the baby than a necklace.
3 Cold Spoon (Not the Freezer)
Place a cold spoon in the freezer and give it to your baby to gnaw on and you might end up with those tender gums stuck to it, which would be pretty miserable for everyone. So, place a spoon in the refrigerator so that it can get cold enough to soothe your baby's likely swollen gums, but without the worry of being so cold that his or her tongue gets stuck to it in the process.
You can place silicone spoons in the fridge as well to offer up some pain relief. Silicone is better for babies than plastic spoons since silicone is more resilient and less likely to break apart. You can find silicone spoons especially made for babies at the pharmacy or other baby stores.
As always, keep a close eye on your baby with the metal spoon, since they probably haven't used metal utensils up until now and might try to gum it too hard. But if it does the trick, you'll have another weird but awesome teething remedy to add to the queue.
2 Frozen Cheese Stick
Yes, once again, there is the teething trick of using frozen food, but the beauty of employing frozen foods in order to help soothe your baby's gums is that the food is a more natural solution for them to chew on and have in their mouth than a plastic toy filled with a mysterious liquid.
In this case, take a cheese stick and freeze it. The length of it makes it easy for the baby to hold onto as they gnaw at it with their gums. And the fact that it's a food and not a foreign liquid-filled ring of plastic will ease your worries. Still, keep a close eye on your teething baby as they work with the frozen cheese stick and even hold it with them if you think you should.
Parents will know that they can't leave babies alone with frozen food items because of the choking hazard.
1 Use Fingers
If all else fails, just use your mommy or daddy intuition and let your baby use your finger as a teething toy. Of course, make sure your hands are clean and devoid of any harsh chemicals, then let your baby use one (or several) of your fingers as a way to help soothe their tender gums.
Think of it as a way to sit and cuddle with your baby and bond, while they get a break from the discomfort that teething no doubt tends to bring. Also be mindful of any nail polish you're wearing, as you don't want it to break off and enter the baby's digestive track.
Watching your baby go through teething is probably one of the hardest things you can do at that point in their young life, so if that means trying any and everything to help them, then so be it.