If you have children with teeth then you know what I mean. Teething has a way of transforming even the most docile, agreeable, happy-go-lucky child into a screaming, whiny, cranky ball of frustration and tears. Some parents are fortunate enough to have “good teethers”, but for the rest of us teething takes a toll not only on our sweet little babies, but on our entire lives. So what’s a parent to do when the teething monster rears it’s ugly head? Well here are a few tips that I have picked up along with way with my 4 boys that I hope will help you and your little one too.
Sophie the Giraffe: This little giraffe is amazing. I never even considered spending that much on a little teething toy for my children, but one day I was browsing Amazon and came across Sophie again. I took a little time and read the reviews and I was shocked at how awesome they were. So I bit the bullet and adopted a Sophie of our own. I really am glad I did, this little toy is pretty amazing. Not only is she great for those front teeth that pop through when baby is itty bitty, but she’s even better for molars. Her skinny little legs are perfect for the littles to chew on with their molars. I’m sold on Sophie!
Mesh Teethers: Those mesh pouches that you can fill with frozen fruit are another must have in the teething arsenal. Our favorite was to fill them with frozen banana, but I’ve heard of peaches, mango, strawberries, etc. They can be a tad messy, but the kids love it.
Breastmilk-sicles: Frozen breastmilk is awesome for teethers. There are several ways to go about this. Our favorite is to get one of those little round ice cube trays, fill a cube hole with breastmilk and then stick a pacifier in. That way baby can suck and chew on it until the milk is gone and then just be left with a pacifier rather than a popsicle stick. Popsicle sticks also work, but we prefer the paci method.
Teething oil: I’m a big fan of using essential oils if applicable. Keep in mind that essential oils are very potent and a little goes a long way. I have created a blend of lavender, frankincense, and chamomile with clove infused carrier oil that literally works magic.
Homeopathics: As my midwife says, “It’s some crazy voodoo, but it works!” Homeopathic remedies are basically bottled energy. Sounds weird right? Well, let me tell you, the stuff works. It’s FDA approved and totally safe, what’s better than that? Many moms I know have used the Hyland’s Teething Tablets with great success, I however, prefer to use individual remedies. My top teething remedies have always been Pulsatilla (for whiny, clingy teething babies) and Chamomilla (for screaming in pain teething babies). Belladonna and Cina are 2 other popular teething remedies. Oh and Coffea Cruda is awesome for helping your little one sleep – whether they are teething or not.
Frozen washcloth: Another tried and true solution. There are about a million and one ways to use this remedy. The idea is just to take a wet washcloth, throw it into the freezer and then let baby chew on it. I like to kick it up a notch by wetting it with breastmilk. Some mamas will spread a little applesauce on the rag before freezing it so baby gets sooting cold relief and a tasty treat.
Baltic Amber: This is another one of those crazy voodoo remedies that has worked so well for so many people I know, including myself. Baltic amber is a resin that contains succinic acid. When worn on the skin the body heat warms the beads of resin and releases succinic acid into the bloodstream. Succinic acid is both an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory. My 2 youngest boys have worn baltic amber necklaces since they were just a month or so old and when I’ve taken them off I have really noticed a difference. I, too, wear an amber necklace when I have a headache or my neck is bothering me and it really seems to help. I get my amber from here and here. Also keep in mind, the lighter and more opaque the beads, the higher concentration of succinic acid and the more effective the necklace.
So there is my list of favorite teething remedies, by no means a comprehensive list. So what are your favorite tips and tricks to help sooth the teething monster?