What's the best thing to use for babies who are teething??

Sarah - posted on 09/18/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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Matthew's pediatrician said not to use orajel because it makes there gums tough and makes it harder for the teeth to come in. I've used teething rings, teething tablets and I give him Motrin sometimes. But sometimes that stuff just don't work. Anyone know anything else that might help??

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Amy - posted on 09/27/2009

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Be careful though with the Hyland's teething tablets, and other affiliates. They are not FDA approved. If you want to go medication route, Nighttime formula baby orajel works much better than the regular strength baby orajel; otherwise, try my above tip.

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I got this idea from an episode of Roseanne..lol.

Abby cut 4 teeth at a time and she done really good with the front ones, but the back ones really gave her trouble. The teething tablets helped a lot, and the orajel scared me because it not only numbs the gums, but the throat too and that can cause swallowing problems, therefore choking hazards (have you ever tried to swallow with a numb throat? It's not fun!)...anyway, we had ran out of the teething tablets one night and she was hurting, so I remembered this episode where they gave a baby a frozen waffle...I tried it and it worked AMAZING! So you could try that. Good luck and hope he's feeling better soon!

Annora - posted on 09/25/2009

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I agree that a wet wash clothe placed in the freezer works great!!!

Sam - posted on 10/02/2009

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ashon and parsons powder work best for me.Its a powder you rub on there gums(im not sure if you get it here,but i got it in the uk)

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Cass - posted on 09/22/2013

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You can also dip a q-tip in some Vanilla extract and rub their gums with it. It's a natural pain killer.

Kim - posted on 10/18/2009

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Nothing really helped my son, who has had a terrible time cutting teeth. My girls did use the washcloth idea, and even a frozen bagel - but watch carefully b/c it has to be taken away when it gets soggy. All three of my children liked the teething biscuits available from Gerber...they are messy, but keeps them busy chewing for a while! As a nurse, I would def. check with my pediatrician re: the above recommendation of putting alcohol on your babies gums. That is not something I would try or advise. My kids never really cared for the commercial teething rings, but my youngest has a "bumpy" pacifier for teething....I forget who makes them, but they are very durable...I bought mine off e-bay! Hope you have some luck.

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I always gave my daughters a cold wash cloth. Keep wetting it with really cold water, ring it out so it isn't dripping and let them chew away!! No choking hazzards to worry about!! They loved it!!

Michele - posted on 10/13/2009

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Yes it's like what they used in the old day's. Rub some alcohol on there gums and that should work. Cause with my boy i used everything out there but the alcohol was the only thing that made him feel any better. Good luck. Michele

Jackie - posted on 09/28/2009

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When my son CJ teeths, we take one of his burp cloths or wash cloths and wet it, roll it up in a long stick, and put it in the freezer for roughly 20 minutes. Once it is frozen, we give it to him to chew on. The cold helps with the pain and being frozen helps with the counter pressure when he bites down on it. It seems to be the only thing that has brought him any lasting relief. I would hold off on using the orajel and similar products until you talk to his doctor. My son didn't like the numbing effect it took on his whole mouth, or maybe it was the taste (not sure) but he prefers the frozen clothes. He also likes chewing on them when they are not frozen but wet with cold water, so if your son doesn't like it frozen, give that a try instead. If that doesn't work, there is a mesh ring that you can fill with food (raw fruits or vegetables) or if you use an ice tray you can freeze baby food, fruit juice, or just plain ice chunks that could help. Just be sure the child is sitting up and wearing a bib because the contents will drip out and get everywhere. I found mine at the supermarket in the baby aisle - Munchkin is the brand and they work great. Good luck!

Meagan - posted on 09/27/2009

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We have tried / bought everything, but my daughter's favorite is a cold, wet washcloth!!

SANDRA - posted on 09/27/2009

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GIVE HIM A WOODEN SPOON TO CHEW ON.IT WILL HELP HIM CUT THE TEETH AND HE WILL LIKE TO PLAY WITH IT.A WET WASH CLOTH WORKS WELL TOO.

I KNOW SOUNDS CRAZY BUT TRY IT

Amy - posted on 09/27/2009

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The thing my daughter loved the most; even moreso than things you can buy at the store, was wetting the corner of a washcloth and freezing it. She would hold onto the unfrozen side and chew on the frozen side. Also, the texture of it felt good on her gums, and helped the teeth to break through. I hope you find some relief for him. Poor baby!

Sarah - posted on 09/27/2009

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TEETHING TABLETS!!!!!!! Oh my, it is the best thing Ever!! It helped my daughter so much!! It's very inexpensive.(Like 2 or 3 dollars) Just ask the pharmacists, they'll direct you to it! There's like100 little tablets in a bottle! My daughter got a hold of it out of her baby bag and opened it somehow and ate like 10 or 15 of them. The pharmacists said she could eat all of them and she'd be fine! You just stick them under her tongue and they almost instantly dissolve. She'd almost instantly stop crying! Good Luck!!!

Emily - posted on 09/27/2009

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Amber necklace- Amber has a natural pain relieving property when it warms against the skin. Read more or order from: http://hyenacart.com/inspiredbyfinn/

If you order from a site like this that makes them specifically for babies, there is a knot between each bead so that if it breaks they will not be able to get the beads in their mouth. I wouldn't let him sleep with it, though!!

Jane - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hyland teething gel or teething tablets. i also give ice cubes or frozen pieces of fruit in the netting feeder.

Sarah - posted on 09/25/2009

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Matthew is 6 months old too and he's really starting to cut teeth. I'll try the things u suggested and I'll go to ur mommy secrets! Thank u sooo much!

Sarah - posted on 09/25/2009

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wet an edge of a rough wash cloth and stick it in the freezer. My daughter loved this.

Sharon - posted on 09/19/2009

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My daughter is six months old and really starting to teeth…..not only do I use a product called “Baby Teethers” by Gentle Naturals…but I have found a little gadget made of child safe mesh with a little ring for the baby to hold on to.

I call it the (Mesh Binki)…you can put an Ice cube, Frozen fruit, Juice…whatever you and the baby prefer and of course the age of the baby matters too on what you put in it….

I freeze sterile ice cubes in a tray and sometimes when needed a drop of Teethers in it then put it in the Mesh Binki… she loves it! Make sure baby is wearing a bib, because it can get kinda messy! Visit my site “Mommy Secrets” I just started it…and have loads to share!

Your friend,

Sharon

Kylie - posted on 09/18/2009

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hello, for all my kids i used a frozen face washer...lol..i know how wierd that sounds,but i would get a new face washer and wet it squeeze all the water out and chuck it in the freezer then when they wanted it i would give it to them and they could play with it for hours and they chewed like crazy.. i hope that helps

Sharon - posted on 09/18/2009

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Bethany - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter really likes gnawing on cold carrots or frozen banana slices (with me holding the end!). They taste good and the coolness must feel really good on her gums. Something like that may help numb Matthew's gums so he doesn't feel it as much.

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2009

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my little one isnt teething yet but when my nieces and nephews were teething we tried a few things for them like putting their teething ring in the fridge (the ones with the gel in them) also try a wet flannel freeze it in the freezer and let them chew on it, also there is teething dummy's you can get now that ive heard are effective. hope this helps, wont be long till i'll be taking my own advice! =)

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