The horrors of teething can strike at any time, but luckily there are many teething remedies available.
Some babies get their first tooth within the first few months of their life, while others do not start the painful initiation until closer to a year.
It is natural to want to soothe your little one and offer him or her some relief from the pain, and various methods can be used.
OTC Pain Relievers
OTC pain relievers are arguably the most popular remedies. Acetaminophen is a popular choice since it can be given more often that Motrin, also known as than ibuprofen. Ibuprofen, however, tends to last longer and acts quicker than acetaminophen, and many parents prefer it as a baby teething remedy.
Orajel is another OTC medicine in the parent’s arsenal of remedies. Orajel is not as popular as the other baby teething remedies because it is messy to apply, wears off quickly, and tends to numb the entire mouth instead of just the gums.
Old Time Remedies
You may have heard of some old time teething cures, such as putting whiskey or vanilla extract on the baby’s gums, but these teething pain remedies are no longer recommended. They diminish pain because of their alcohol content and are not considered safe anymore. Giving your child a meat bone, such as a chicken leg, is another method that is no longer recommended, because of the possible choking hazard.
Homeopathic Remedies for Teething
There are many home remedies for teething babies that are safe and effective. More and more parents are exploring the benefits of homeopathic remedies for teething because natural teething remedies have less chance of causing adverse side effects and are often a more convenient and economical choice.
Some of the most popular natural remedies for teething pain are the teething tablets marketed under the names Hyland’s Teething Tablets and Humphry’s Teething Tablets. These pills are a mixture of homeopathic teething remedies that are combined into little white tablets. The tablets are given under the tongue or can be dissolved in water and given via a spoon. These remedies have the advantage of being able to be administered more often than their medical counterparts and in different dosages proportionate to the pain.
Other Teething Remedies
Another home remedy for teething is to wet a clean washcloth, roll it into a log shape, and then put it in the freezer. After it hardens completely, it can be given as a natural teething remedy for baby. The rough texture of the washcloth combined with the frozen stiffness provides a perfect surface for your child to chew on while the cold numbs the pain. Similarly, frozen fruit chunks, and even hard root veggies like carrots, can be given. Your child can gnaw on them through a standard mesh feeder available at any baby supply store to avoid any choking.
Before you know it, your baby will be on the other side of the teething process with a mouth full of pearly whites to show for it.