ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Trials of Teething: Easing Baby's Pain Naturally

Updated on July 21, 2013

Primary Teeth

Illustration copyright 2000 by Nucleus Communications, Inc.
Illustration copyright 2000 by Nucleus Communications, Inc.

Infants first teeth are called Primary Teeth. Babies' teeth begin erupting between 3 and 12 months old. By the time your child is three years old, they will have 20 primary teeth.

How do you know if your child is teething?

Symptoms of Teething

  • Drooling (sometimes accompied by a facial rash)
  • Gums sensitivity and swelling
  • Biting Behavior
  • Irritability or fussiness
  • Refusing Food
  • Sleeplessness
  • Low Grade Fever (under 100 degrees Fahrenheit)

Symptoms Not Necessarily Related to Teething:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Runny Nose

The onset of the symptoms occur 3 to 5 days prior to the eruption of the tooth through the gums.

Traditional medicine for teething pain is giving the baby acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen(Motrin) as needed1. These pain relieving methods do work and should be used if alternative methods don't give your baby any relief. Do not use asprin for anyone under the age of 20 years old as they are at risk for Reye Syndrome.

There are plenty of natural and homeopathic teething solutions available today. From teethers to teething tablets, there is more than one way to get your baby teething relief.

1. Always speak to your child's pediatrician about dosing instructions.

Benefits of Chamomile

Chamomile is used to soothe and relax your teething baby.
Chamomile is used to soothe and relax your teething baby.

Chamomile tea

For this remedy all you will need is chamomile tea, apple or grape juice, ice tray and a clean handkerchief.

  • Steep two tea bags in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes
  • Take tea bags out and add 1/4 cup of apple or grape juice
  • Pour combined liquid into ice cube trays and freeze

Once they are frozen, place two in a handkerchief and knot closed securely and give to the baby to chew on.

Frozen Washclothes

For this method, simply wet a clean washcloth and put into the freezer 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and give to the baby to chew.

Teething Tablets

Teething tablets purpose:

  • Counteract Wakefulness & Irritability
  • Supports dentition

The main ingredient in teething tablets is Chamomile. Other ingredients in teething tablets are calcium phosphate and coffee. Some tablets contain belladonna, such as, Hyland's Teething Tablets.

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

Baltic Amber contains succinic acid which is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.

These necklaces are meant to be worn continuously against the skin. It is thought that the succinic acid is absorbed through the skin. These necklaces are individually knotted to prevent the beads from coming off the necklace and becoming a choking hazard. Even though this are called teething necklaces, they are not meant for the baby to actually chew.

If you feel that having your child wear the necklace around their neck is a strangulation hazard, you can also wrap the necklace on your child'a ankle under their sock.

While there is no scientific evidence to suggest that these necklaces have healing properties, there are parents around the world who swear by them.


Teething Pendants

Teething pendants are meant to be worn by the baby's parent or caregiver. Children are naturally attracted to the things their parents wear around the neck. These just happen to be chewable and made just for them.

Clove Oil Mixture

1 drop of clove oil to 2 Tbsp of almond oil or other edible oil.

Clove Oil

Clove oil is a known as a natural analgesic and antiseptic. In addition to being pain reliever, it leaves the user with great smelling breath.

Clove oil must be used carefully as it can cause blistering from excessive use. Because of the possibility of injury if used incorrectly, always test the mixture on yourself before administering to a child.

Teething Biscuits

Although they've fallen out of fashion, many parents still rely on them to "scratch" gums and help teeth erupt.

These biscuits should be used with adult supervision.

Eggless Teething Biscuits

Cast your vote for Eggless Teething Biscuits


  • 1 cup Unsweeted Fruit Juice, Apple juice recommended
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Baby Cereal

Teething issues present themselves several times during the first three years of your child's life. What's most important to remember is to have patience and compassion for the little one's plight. They aren't able to communicate what's wrong and often times we dismiss fussiness as a normal part of our child's day.

As with medications, discuss all homeopathic remedies with your child's pediatrician before use.


  1. In medium mixing bowl, hand combine the ingredients until the dough is mixed. The dough is very sticky and may seem wrong.
  2. Put the mixture in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
  3. Roll out dough and cut into desired shape.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Cool and store in an air tight container.

Which of these natural methods have you tried?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Nicole Henley profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicole Henley 

      5 years ago from San Leandro

      JJelley- My daughter does very well with her amber necklace. She lost hers while she was in the middle of cutting her molars and she was miserable. Got her a new one and she was much better. We bought two this time just in case one gets lost again.

    • JJelley profile image


      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I have a couple of friends who swear by those amber necklaces. She says her children had very few symptoms/pain associated with teething. I am definitely going to try them for my children.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)