… because teething hurts!
When our baby is suffering from what I can only imagine as a constant migraine in the mouth, I will try any teething remedies to try to ease his pain.
Because let’s face it, our baby’s pain is our pain too. Not to mention the pain of sleep-deprived nights that tag along with this phenomenon. Unfortunately, we’re going through another bout of teething pain and sleepless nights, so I thought I that would share what works for us.
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Here are 6 teething remedies that have been helping us get through the tough times:
1. Amber teething necklace
This is my number one teething remedy, and I highly recommend that everyone gives it a shot. I bought Daniel an amber necklace from Hazelaid, and I am extremely happy with it.
I chose the super butter necklace because it has the highest potency rating. I needed something strong because my little one is having quite a tough time. (Apparently the lighter the colour, the more effective the amber.)
I noticed a big difference in Daniel’s pain tolerance when he wears it. If I forget to put it on him for a few hours, he is much fussier and crankier. Unfortunately, the fussiness really tends to come out when he is supposed to go to sleep… of course. So, I make sure to put it on him whenever he is awake.
Amber teething necklaces are made to be worn against the skin, and not to be chewed on. They work by releasing succinic acid into the skin, which relieves inflammation in the body.
For safety, the beads are individually knotted, so if the necklace breaks, only one bead is released. Amber necklaces come in either twist or pop clasps, which pop or break open if enough tension is applied.
It costs a pretty penny, but for me, this teething remedy is worth every one! (CAD $22.60 +tax and shipping)
For more information, and for a coupon, read We love our amber teething necklace!
I tried the gel on myself, and it very slightly numbed the area on the gums I applied it to. It also doesn’t last very long. I actually like this, because it assures me that I don’t have to worry about it going down my baby’s throat and numbing it.
I use it only when my baby’s teething is at its worst, and mostly at bedtime to soothe him and help him sleep. I find that this remedy really helps!
Not everyone agrees with homoeopathic remedies. It is up to you to inform yourself and decide whether or not this is right for you.
I read some horror stories concerning homoeopathic baby remedies, but I personally do not believe that Canadian pharmacies would be selling these if they were truly dangerous for infants. This also applies to the next item on my list.
3. Camilia Drops
They are my go-to teething remedy when Daniel is in a lot of pain because these drops really calm him down.
These are also very easy to take on the go. I carry a little Camilia pouch in my diaper bag in case of emergencies when we’re out.
I feel that these work much better for Daniel than Tylenol does, but sometimes I use them in conjunction if the pain is really strong. As long as the choice is informed, I prefer a natural remedy over medication any day.
4. Infant Tylenol
I only give my baby Tylenol if other options don’t work. Regardless, it is a must to have on hand, because with babies you never know when they can suddenly get a fever. It does happen that babies get a bit of fever while teething.
I found a 2 pack of Infant Tylenol at Costco for under CAD $11! From now on I will no longer purchase these from the pharmacy at much more than double the price.
5. Cold teething toys
In the middle of the night, while waiting for any of the above 3 remedies to kick in, I like to distract Daniel from his pain with a cold teething toy. I have a few in a Ziploc in my fridge, but the Mam Mini Cool is his favourite.
Even if they’re not cold, teethers are still good! I keep a Sophie So Pure in my diaper changing basket, right next to the crib, for just in case.
If you haven’t already read my post on Daniel’s Top 5 Teethers, check it out!
6. A wet washcloth
I don’t know what it is, but Daniel can’t stop chomping on wet washcloths! Whohoo for the cheapest teething remedy anywhere! He also loves throwing them all over the place, which is part of the fun.
We tried frozen washcloths as well, but he didn’t love them any more than just plain wet washcloths. In fact, he likes them all the more if they are warm!
Daniel gets to chew on washcloths mainly during and after meal times. The act of swallowing really seems to aggravate his pain, the poor muffin.
In the hopes of soothing little gums,