Your baby’s first tooth is definitely a time to rejoice, but it can bring along some discomfort to your kid. Teething tots need lots of pampering and cuddling since it is a painful process, which makes them feel disturbed and irritated. Before the eruption of tooth, your baby may be troubled with excessive drooling, loss of appetite, flushed face, crankiness, sore gums, sleepless nights, biting whatever comes in hand, gum-rubbing, and improper feeding. The symptoms of teething may vary in every child. Most of the people wrongly associate diarrhea, fever and vomiting with teething. Although several painkillers and teething gels are available in the market but you can’t use themfor long. In this article, we have enlisted some proven home remedies for teething in infants. To comfort your little one, try out these simple ways at home before you switch to pain relief products.
Home Remedies for Teething
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger soothe the pain associated with teething. Peel and cut a ginger into small pieces and rub them over the gums for a couple of minutes to relieve your tot from pain.
2. Gum Massage
A gentle massage can relieve your baby from painful teething to some extent. First of all, wash your hands properly and counter-pressure the sore gums using your finger.
3. Breast Feeding
Among all the home remedies for teething babies, breastfeeding is the simplest and trouble-free. Feed your child when s/he experience excessive pain or itching in the gums.
Grind some cloves in the grinder and mix it with some water to make a paste. Now rub it over your child’s gums. It is a very effectual home remedy for teething infants. Alternatively, you can also use clove oil in the same way.
Note – Use clove oil in moderate amount.
5. Olive Oil
Take ½ tbsp of olive oil and rub it onto the baby’s gums during teething. This remedy helps prevent drooling.
6. Barley Water
Boil some barley in water for about 30-40 minutes and strain this mixture. Give this to your baby when it cools. This remedy is extremely useful in relieving the excessive pain in the gums at the time of teething.
Grind some almond along with water to make a fine paste. Rub this paste onto your child’s gums with the help of finger or cotton. It will relieve the child from tooth pain. Or else, mix almond extract with water and rub it gently over the aching gums.
8. Frozen Foods
Frozen foods numb the pain and give temporary relief to your child. Chilled and hard foods like yogurt, applesauce, carrot, banana and cucumber can help alleviate the pain. These are easy to digest and relax the gums at the same time.
9. Beef Jerky
Give a piece of beef jerky to your child and allow him/her to gnaw it. It is a very effective home remedy for teething infants. Besides, it also tastes good.
10. Cold Spoon
Keep a steel spoon in the refrigerator for some time. Give it to your baby. This remedy for teething will surely help numb the soreness and pain in his/her gums.
Note – Give a thick and rounded spoon to your little one.
11. Teething Cookies
Give a hard and unsweetened biscuit to the child for chewing. Teething biscuits are available in the market that helps divert your little one’s mind (for some time) during the painful teething process.
Give a piece of refrigerated bagel to your child, to chomp. It will alleviate the pain and help reduce inflammation.
13. Wet Washcloth
Take a clean washcloth or handkerchief. Soak it in water and wring out the extra water. Place it in the freezer for some time and then give it to your baby for chewing. The coldness of the cloth will reduce the painful sensation in the gums.
14. Feeding Bottle
Fill the feeding bottle with some water and place it upside down in the freezer so that the water will ice up in the nipple. Give it to your tot and let him/her gnaw it. The coldness of the ice will soothe the inflamed gums.
15. Teething Toys
Give your child a teether (filled with water) or plush teething toy to play. Silicon, wooden or vibrating teether will also work. You can even offer cold teething rings to the baby, to ease the painful gums.
16. Vanilla Extract
Take some vanilla extract or vanilla essence and rub it over the gums and teeth of your little one. The presence of alcohol in this extract gives warming sensation; thus, reduce the soreness and ease the teething process.
17. Sesame Seeds
Roast some sesame seeds for a couple of seconds and let them cool. Grind them in a food processor. Add olive oil to give this paste a greasy texture. Keep it in the refrigerator. Rub a small quantity of the paste on the painful gums of your toddler.
Herbal Remedies for Teething
18. Lavender Oil
Dip a cotton ball in the lavender oil. Apply it on the swollen gums and teeth. The soothing properties of essential oil help reduce the teething pain.
19. Chamomile Tea
Prepare some chamomile tea and freeze it in the ice tray. Tie this ice cube in a washcloth and make your child gnaw it.
- Or else, dip a clean washcloth in the chilled chamomile tea and gave it to your baby, to chew it. This remedy will provide the much-needed relief.
20. Catnip Leaf
Steep the catnip leaves in hot water to make the herbal decoction. Strain the tea, and soak a clean cloth in it. Place it in the freezer. Later, give this to your child. Chewing it may provide significant relief from the pain.
21. Licorice Stick
This sweet tasting natural herb gives a cooling effect on the inflamed gums and numbs the pain. It is easily available in the market. Let your baby chew this herbal stick.
22. Lemon Balm
Brew lemon balm tea and soak a clean washcloth in it. Keep it in the freezer for some time and give it to your infant. Let him/her chew it. The soothing effects of this herb will surely give relief.
The tranquilizing properties of valerian herb help soothe the throbbing pain while teething. Prepare a decoction by steeping valerian root in the hot water. Strain the solution. Dip a clean finger in the solution and rub it on the gums of your little one. Only a few drops of this infusion are enough to make your baby sleep.
The calming effects of the skullcap reduce the discomfort accompanied with teething and help your ward get a restful sleep. Prepare skullcap tea and dab it over the aching gums using a cotton ball or dropper.
25. Herbal Mix
Take half an ounce each of chamomile, skullcap, rose hip, red clover, lavender, catnip, oat straw, and clover. Mix properly and store in a jar. Boil a cup of water and add one or two tsp of this dry herbal mixture in it. Steep for at least half an hour or for overnight (if you have time). Soak a washcloth in it, freeze it and give to your baby for chewing.
26. Wild Fennel
This herb possesses cooling properties and tastes really great. Give it to your child. Sucking its juice may help relieve the pain.
27. Marshmallow Root
First of all, dehydrate this root properly. Then give it to your tot for chewing. It will reduce the inflammation in gums and ease the teething process. Or else, steep this herb in hot water for a couple of minutes. Soak a washcloth in this solution and give it to your infant.
The anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties of chickweed help ease the teething process. Prepare an herbal infusion and rub it on the gums.
- Babies must be fed with foods rich in vitamin D and calcium.
- Keep your child engaged in different activities so that s/he may forget the pain and gets involved in fun activities.
- Take care of child’s cleanliness, especially in case of heavy drooling. Secure a bib around the neck to wipe off all the drooling from your baby’s chin.
- Consult a pediatrician before administering any medicine to your child.
- Avoid oral medications such as Orajel and Camilia.
- Don’t let babies chew any small thing as it may increase the risk of choking.
- Do not give teething tablets to infants less than four months of age.
- Don’t use amber teething necklaces.
- Never add honey, sugar, or jam to the baby bottles.