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Natural Teething Remedies

Updated on February 13, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Teething can be one of the most painful times in a baby's life. Their gums are swollen and sore, and they are constantly gnawing on anything they can get to their mouth. Treating teething naturally can be one of the best options. There are no chemicals that can be potentially harmful to your baby, also there are no numbing agents.

While many people swear by numbing agents such as Orajel, they can cause choking. If your baby swallows saliva the medication, mixed with the saliva, can numb your baby's throat and cause her to choke on her saliva.

Some of the old remedies may still be the best ones.


Teething Rings

Teething rings are a great teething option. They are made to be chewed on constantly so they are durable. Teething rings come in a wide variety of shapes, colors and textures each of which has a different feeling on your baby’s tender gums.

Hard teething rings can feel uncomfortable on your baby's gums. They make softer teething rings that stay soft when you put them in the freezer. However, be careful with the soft rings because they can break or crack open if they are chewed on too hard. Make sure there are no chemicals that can be harmful to your baby if it were to break open. As always, try to find organic items.

Frozen Washclothes

A frozen washcloth that is soaked in chamomile tea or water can be a great solution also. If you soak a wash cloth in water your baby’s mouth is numbed by the cold of the ice and the texture of the washcloth will feel good on their gums when they chew on it. When you soak the washcloth in chamomile, your baby’s discomfort is relieved by the soothing propertied of the chamomile along with the same comforting properties of a cloth soaked and frozen with water.

Teething Tablets

Natural teething tablets are a great option. They are homeopathic, so there is nothing in them that can harm your baby. The tablets that contain chamomile and belladonna are the best option. Chamomile is known for relieving irritability, inflammation, nausea. Chamomile also has calming properties that can help your uncomfortable baby relax. Belladonna is known for relieving pain and inflammation. Belladonna is known as being a dangerous poison, however when used in homeopathy it is severely diluted, and the poisonous attributes become nonexistent when used according to the labeled directions. Natural teething tablets for babies are made to dissolve in your baby’s mouth so there is no risk of choking.

Cloves and Vanilla

Cloves are known for their ability to relieve a toothache. Sucking on cloves or using clove oil has been a natural remedy for tooth related pain for thousands of years. However clove oil is very potent and should be diluted before using it on your baby. Mix four drops of clove oil to one tablespoon of vegetable oil. The pressure applied by your finger while rubbing the oil mixture will also help sooth your baby’s gums.

Vanilla Extract is another teething remedy that has been used for centuries. It works in three different ways to soothe your baby’s gums. First the pressure from rubbing the vanilla on their gums by creating opposite pressure. Second, the alcohol in the vanilla will cause a warm sensation that is a temporary comfort. The third way vanilla extract helps soothe your baby’s gums is, vanilla is known for containing naturally calming properties. This can help soothe anxiety and an upset tummy which are also symptoms that can come along with teething.

Teething doesn’t have to be so hard on your baby. There are many natural, non chemical ways to soothe your baby’s discomfort. They can be safer and more pleasant for you and your baby. Chemicals such as Tylenol or orajel should be a last resort and are in most cases unnecessary.


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    • Mom Kat profile image

      Mom Kat 7 years ago from USA

      The only one I haven't tried is the cloves & vanilla.

      Good hub

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      Nanny Jobs 7 years ago

      Great hub I am going to email a link to it to all our new parents, keep up the great work!

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      Sabina Jamshed 8 years ago

      Great hub! My daughter is teething these days and is driving me crazy. I will definitely try these tips. Thanks!

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      rkhyclak 8 years ago from Ohio

      Great info! My 9 month old loves her rings and washcloths. Her top two took nearly 2 months to come in and she wasn't nearly as fussy as I've seen other babies get!

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      greenmom1 8 years ago

      I had no idea there were organic teethers (toys)! So cool! I havent seen these in my local stores so Im gooing to have to search for them somewhere. I just got into organics thanks to a book I found called "Healthy Baby Happy Home" so im in a total organic overhaul right now at home. This has such great advice for my 6 month old who has started teething.

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      OTmommy 8 years ago from Southern USA

      Good information. I wasn't aware that clove oil is a remedy, but now that I know, I will have to use this on my 16 month old son who is cutting in his molars.

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      janddplus4 8 years ago

      I knew about the frozen washcloth for teething, and I knew to give a baby chamomile tea for cholic (or star of anise tea), but I had never put two and two together! What a great idea to soak the washcloth in tea instead of plain water! I will have to try that if my 7 month old EVER starts teething. (mind you, I'm in no hurry, but my other three children all had teeth by six months) Thanks!