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Top 10 Teething Remedies for Babies

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A full set of 20 baby teeth can take three years to develop. Symptoms of teething can include irritability, trouble sleeping, sore gums, loss of appetite, excessive drooling, and of course the urge to chew on everything. (And that's just the moms! Joke. Sort of.)

The bad news: With symptoms showing three-five days before the appearance of each tooth, that’s a lot of cranky days and sleepless nights.

The good news: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to test different soothers and find what works for your little one.

Here are 10 helpful tools to help soothe and manage your baby's teething pain.

1. Sophie the Giraffe

Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether

What is it about this giraffe that makes it a baby’s first best friend? Is it the warm and gentle eyes? The soft and flexible natural rubber? The neck and legs that make it easy for babies to bring the toy to their mouths? Whatever it is, chewing on Sophie provides lots of comfort. As a bonus, she quickly becomes a treasured companion in the car seat and stroller.

$25 at Amazon.com.

2. Wood Teethers

Maple Teether Pair

These are a great alternative for those who prefer one made from all-natural materials. Plus, some babies might like gnawing on something harder. These wood teethers are soothing and simply designed.

$15 at Amazon.com

3. Gum Massage

ZoLi GUMMY STICKS Gum Massager

A gummy teething stick by Zo-li is a good option for when back teeth are coming in, as most teethers can’t reach that far. It also has an anti-choking shield, which is especially handy if you’ve caught your baby gagging on drumsticks and wooden spoon handles. For a low-tech alternative, try massaging gums using your clean finger or knuckle. Note: This is most helpful when your child doesn’t have any teeth yet—and can’t bite you!

$24.99 (set of 2) at Amazon.com.

4. Frozen Washcloth

rubber ducks

If you’re lucky, the most effective remedy might be the cheapest. Wet a clean washcloth and put it in the fridge or freezer for half an hour. Then give it to your little one to bite and suck. The textured fabric plus the numbing effect from the cold could be the perfect calming combo.

5. Mesh Teethers with Frozen Fruit

Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder

If teething is making feeding a challenge, other helpful remedies can be found right in your own kitchen. Try wrapping some frozen fruit in a clean washcloth or handkerchief. While he's biting through your chilled homemade teether, the sweet tastes could get him interested in eating again. For a convenient substitute, check out mesh teethers.

$8.95 at Amazon.com.

6. Raid the Fridge

Carrots and Celery

Chilled foods such as yogurt or applesauce can be a tasty way to gently numb sore gums. For babies and toddlers eating solids, gnawing crunchy cold foods, such as celery, carrots, and even watermelon rinds can be perfect for putting pressure on swollen gums. Just make sure that your baby doesn’t bite off chunks too big to manage.

7. Amber Necklaces

The Art of Cure Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

Amber bead necklaces have become increasingly popular—and not just with the new-age crowd. Containing succinic acid, a naturally occurring substance, amber is believed by some to be a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and calming to the nervous system when worn against the skin. Since necklaces could break and loose beads are a choking hazard, make sure that the beads are individually knotted. For safest use, these are recommended for children older than 36 months.

$15 at Amazon.com

8. Razbaby RaZberry Teether

razbaby teether

Not your garden-variety teether, the Razbaby's fruit-shaped, pure silicone nipple has a nubby texture that's perfect for soothing your baby's sore gums. Silicone is a perfectly safe substance for babies to chew on; plus, since it doubles as a paci, this teether will help keep yours calm. If you can't decide between the four equally cute color options, buy a few to keep on hand.

They are around $5 at Amazon.

9. Nuby Nibbler

Nuby Nibbler Teether 

This uniquely shaped item is actually a self-feeder and teether in one package. Fill the removable, washable mesh bag with ice to make a traditional teether; or pack it with fruits or veggies to give your toothless one a safe taste sensation (safe, because the bag sifts out big chunks, thereby eliminating any choking hazard). Pack it with fruits and pop it in the freezer for a tasty teething treat. For easy cleaning, just make sure to rinse it right away.

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10. Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen Generic 500 mg Extra Strength

The emergence of wide molars can take toddlers (and parents!) by surprise. A mild pain reliever, such as acetaminophen, could alleviate a lot of discomfort, helping your cutie be less miserable and sleep through the night. And as we all know, anything is more tolerable after a good night’s rest. As always, check with your doctor before giving your kids any medications.

They are around $10 at Amazon.com

 
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