My top teething remedies for infants and toddlers

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teething remedies for babies and toddlers
I can’t imagine how teething must feel to a little one, especially when I think of how little I look forward to seeing my dental hygienist for a routine cleaning.  Some kids magically wake up one day with a new tooth.  Unfortunately, for many children, new teeth are often followed by excessive drooling, irritability, the need to chew on everything, and cold-like symptoms.

I’ve tried a number of teething remedies with different kids, and here are the most effective ways to make teething bearable.  I am not a pediatrician or medical professional.  Before using my teething remedies, please consult with your pediatrician to provide the best care for your child.

1.  Pain Relieving Medicine

I like a natural remedy as much as the next mom, but ultimately, I’d want some Tylenol or Advil if teeth were cutting through my sensitive gums.  If your child is old enough, I highly recommend a proper dosage of a pain reliever / fever reducer.  Talk to your pediatrician about the safety of over-the-counter medicine for your child.

Here are some pain relievers that I’ve used in the past.  I actually have a Subscribe and Save set up through Amazon so that I never run out.  It’s nice to have medicine on hand, because running to the store is the last thing I want to do when I have a fussy child.

Click on the photo below to order these or set up your own Subscribe and Save on Amazon.

   

2.  Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea is one of my go to remedies for teething because it helps will all teething symptoms.  Chamomile tea’s anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe teething aches.  It even boosts the immune system, relieves congestion, and improves digestion.  Caffeine-free chamomile tea also helps individuals fall asleep quicker and wake refreshed.

There are a couple of ways I like to prepare chamomile tea for my child.  First, is giving her slightly warmed tea with honey.  She really likes the tea and usually drinks it in a matter of minutes.

A second method is to soak a washcloth in the tea, roll it up, and freeze it.  Once it’s frozen, I let my little one chew on the frozen washcloth.  Many kids really like to chew on something cold when they are teething.

3.  Camilla Teething Drops

  If you have a young infant or a non-tea drinker, consider Boiron Camilia Baby Teething Relief Drops.  The individual doses make it easier to administer while on-the-go.  This homeopathic medicine relieves teething pain and digestive disorders that can be associated with teething.   Plus, it does not numb baby’s throat or gums, so it shouldn’t interfere with their gag reflex.

4.  Chicken Noodle Soup

For a toddler cutting molars, chicken noodle soup is a great natural teething remedy and to help keep  kids hydrated!  This comfort food is soft and easy to eat, so it won’t further irritate sensitive gums.  Plus, chicken noodle soup helps relieve a stuffy or runny nose.

5.  Popsicles

Popsicles are a another great way to keep kids hydrated and give them something cold to chew.  To avoid excess sugar, I usually opt for popsicles made of fruit or making my own popsicles.

Some favorite popsicle recipes for infants and toddlers include breastmilk popsicles, avocado and banana popsicles, yogurt popsicles, or freezing their favorite puree.

I really like the Zoku Popsicle Molds.  They are BPA-free and the silicon mold makes it easy to pop out the frozen treat.  Plus, they have a lot of different molds, so you could make dinosaur pops or fish pops.

6.  Teethers

Teething babies and toddlers bite everything, so give them something you actually want them to bite!  Frozen washcloths are a great go-to.  With so many different teethers on the market, shopping for them can be overwhelming and costly.  Check out my post, 5 Standout Teethers, to help find the best teethers for your family.

7.  Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

Honestly, I do not know how effective the baltic amber teething necklace actually is, but you get to a point that you’ll try just about anything to ease your child’s suffering.  Despite the fact that I don’t know if it truly makes a difference, this necklace is one of the first things I grab when I think my little one is cutting a new tooth.

The necklace is meant to be worn by the child (not chewed) and needs to touch their skin.  The baltic amber is touted to calm fussy babies, avoid fever from teething, and act as an anti-inflammatory.

If you buy a baltic amber teething necklace, make sure that you get a certificate of authenticity and that it is safely knotted between each bead (so if it breaks, the beads don’t go everywhere).  Also, children should not sleep with these necklaces, so remove them before bed and nap times.  Here’s the baltic amber teething necklace that I use.

8.  Drool Bibs

Drool bibs may not help with the actual teething, but they do help prevent drool rashes and keep clothes dry.  I love that can be changed with minimal hassle.  I hate to upset fussy toddlers by changing their shirts every couple of hours.  These are easy to stash in your diaper bag and are a cute accessory to all that drool!

When purchasing drool bibs, look for highly absorbent material.  You may want to start with just a few to see if you like them.  I started with four and now I have close to twenty.  I keep them stashed in my purse and diaper bag for when we are on-the-go, but we do go through a couple of bibs a day when my little one is teething.

Daulia sells a nice gender-neutral 12-pack on Amazon.  Drool bib sets make an amazing baby shower gift!

What are some of your favorite teething remedies?  List them in the comments below.  I’d love to hear them!

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