Teething, any help to ease pain besides tablets?

Stephenie - posted on 02/10/2010 ( 69 moms have responded )

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I think my daughter is teething. I have tried tablets, not much notice done the tylenol, helps but would like to find something that would help besides that. I have not yet tried oragel. But any other remedies or ideas to help ease the pain. Also anyone's baby have cold symptoms with their children when they were teething?

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Kimmie - posted on 02/17/2010

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I am old school....have 5 kids...all off them teethed as I did....a touch of whiskey from your finger to their gums.....sounds horrid to some...but clinically proven safer than some 'medications' out there!
it is a natural process......cold symptoms...part of the package

Rita - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hi Stephenie, its been awhile since my kids were that young, but when they were teething, I used orajel on their gums, if that didn't work, I used 1/2 tablet of infant tylenol or baby motrin. They both worked, you might also try along with these methods, giving them a warm bath, massage their back and legs and arms gently with some baby lotion, the tactile stimulation along with the orajel and bath and perhaps rock them is usually a winner when comforting an unhappy and uncomfortable teething baby. It might sound old fashioned but it WORKED! Best of Luck, I hope I helped.

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Claire - posted on 02/18/2010

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hi stephenie when our 2 boys were teething i tried everything but it didn't work then my sister told me about liquid anbesol it is an antiseptic and anaesthetic that you put on gums either with a cotton wool bud or the tip of your finger it was amazing within seconds they stopped crying and screaming it really worked wonders on our 2 hope this helps

Laura - posted on 02/17/2010

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Depending on their age, I used a raw carrot (peeled and ends cut off, but left long) because they're cool and can get into hard to reach areas, but once they can bite them off or apart, I quit and switched to celery or a rubber spatula (small again to get way back there).

Shirley - posted on 02/17/2010

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Be careful with the gels that you can get for teething, there are some icky things in them and not so good for babies.

Shirley - posted on 02/17/2010

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Try Cammomile tablet that are put under the tounge or you can get them in drops from a health food store. That is also good for many other fussy things with babies. My daughter-in-law used it when her kids were little and still uses it. For upset tummy, cold, aches etc.

Heather - posted on 02/17/2010

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I stick to Orajel and Infannts' Tylenol if he gets really fussy. I've also put his washcloths in the freezer and pulled them out for him to chew on. Every night before we go to sleep, we use a baby "tooth brush" on his gums and massage it for a few minutes. I also keep his baby food in the fridge and let him eat it straight out of there so the cold will ease his pain. Best of luck!

Roseann - posted on 02/17/2010

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When Brodie was teething we used frozen wash clothes..just get them wet and freeze them. They also have teething rings that you can do the same thing with. The cold help sooth and numb it some. As well as the oralgel for teething.

Casey - posted on 02/17/2010

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My son started to teeth around 6 weeks old so we couldn't do too much to help him. We got him a pair of amber beads - its a necklace. It has worked to help reduce the dribble and he is not so unsettled. I think they have helped and they look cute too :) He will get a slight temp, his nose will run a bit and he usually gets nappy rash to top it all off.

Charlene - posted on 02/16/2010

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Honestly, a little allspice on your finger, rub it into her gums. It will ease the pain.

Halee - posted on 02/16/2010

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I have a 6 month old daughter teething too. I have tried the Tylenol and the gel to ease her pain. I have also used the Grip water and a frozen washcloth.

Miranda - posted on 02/16/2010

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I used Humphrey's Teething strips from Walgreens. They are all natural and disolve right away in their mouth!!!

Catherine - posted on 02/14/2010

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Symptoms usually were excessive clear congestion, moodiness, and excessive slobber. Helps were cool things, crushed ice tied up in a washcloth or putting a teething ring in the freezer or fridge to chew. Also a blanket to chew. They just want to knaw on something that makes their gums better. I used infant tylenol and oragel. I did not find oragel overly useful.

SImone - posted on 02/14/2010

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I have always given baby panadol, or nurofen, with bonjella, and this always works for my babies. I can also say that during the day that the cold teething rings help, and my mother in law gave us a tommy tippee food teething ring, you place into a mesh net some cold apple pieces, your baby then sucks on the mesh net and it soothes sore gums, as well as getting bubby used to the taste of different fruits with out choking on bits. Sim from OZ

Melissa - posted on 02/14/2010

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yes. My daughter had all the cold symptoms when teething...and depending on the age of the child...oragel and homeopathic tablets can be toxic...at night time...I would put non-alcholoic gripe water in her bottle, and during the day I would give her a toothbrush to chew on, frozen dill pickles, frozen carrots, cold face clothes...which is all natural things for her to chew on (I'm not big on plastics or baby chewers...but that's just me!!.lol.) good luck.

Alea - posted on 02/14/2010

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My daughter is teething and What I have found work best for her are the Humphrey's brand teething strip. They make tablets as well but my baby just spit them out. the strips dissolve in the baby's mouth really quickly. they are an all natural remedy and you can find them at walgreen's. Also a frozen wash cloth works great for temporary relief.

Rebecca - posted on 02/14/2010

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Bonjela is the key and cool face washers to suck or icy cold teething rings to help reduce the inflammation. Runny poopy nappies, cold like symptoms and fever are all common when teething. Remember to give yourself time out and sleep so that you can get through the next few months.

SHEILA ROSEMARY, - posted on 02/14/2010

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well Stephenie this is Sheila when my children was small and teething i lived with my mother-law and she swore blind 2 bye either nurse harvey's but it proberly will not b on market now it might b dinniefords and it could b also used 4 wind as well but why notuse bonjela cool thats good 4 babies i would not give none of my babies tablets i should say use bonjela i do not think that would hurt her my daughters used it and they are all right ask your doctor but tablets no way thats my point of few just try it u've got nothink 2 lose and c how you go and good luck darling with it c u

Sarah - posted on 02/14/2010

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I used AMBERSOL or teething gel on a tooth brush they then chewed on the bristles and eased the pain . Sarah West Yorks

Sheri - posted on 02/14/2010

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Yes on the cold symptoms, fever, runny diapers, lack of sleep, and every other possible symptom for my teethers!

I was going to be the mom without all of the meds, blah blah blah, but when it was time to sleep at night, out came the ibuprofen or tylenol. My babies couldn't sleep through the teething pain/discomfort, so we resorted to meds. It's a personal choice, but you can always talk to the doctor about things if you want to feel more sure of yourself.

Good luck! They eventually do finish with the teeth (right around when they start sassing you, LOL!).

Nichola - posted on 02/14/2010

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I dont know if this will work but i just went to a baby shower and one of the things she got was a necklace called teething bling it was like the round disc shaped necklaces and it was made for the babies to chew on. If you google teething bling you can find the website. I was looking and they also had braclets and keychains....the only thing is they seemed kinda exspensive

Sharlene - posted on 02/14/2010

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ashton and parsons teething powder works a treat.
my baby keeps getting ear infections through teething.

Heather - posted on 02/14/2010

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Runny nose and other symptoms are common with teething. Orajel and other things like that can toughen the gums and actually make it harder for the tooth to come through. I used Brandy drops with my girls and it worked very well, with no side effects. The Brandy has an antibacterial quality to kill any germs in the area and numbs the gums as well. Put a couple Tbsp of brandy in with 1/2 cup of water on the stove warm but do not boil. Add some sugar or apple juice to sweeten it till disolved. Let it cool them rub some on gums. Worked like a charm for me. Put the rest in the fridge. Remake every couple of days

Cathy - posted on 02/13/2010

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i have found for my granddaughter that homeopathic teething dropts, from gentle natural is great. i have only been able to find it at Target, but it is conderful

Nedra - posted on 02/13/2010

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I used Hylands teething gel for my son Antonio. It's Homeopathic; they have tablets too. But the Gel is the best. I didn't use Orajel until he was about 2. They didn't have orajel for really young babies like they do now. As Your Baby gets older, you can take baby juice and ice and blend it together(crush the ice as fine as possible). My brother did this for my Son when he was a baby. We call it a Baby Slushy
Go to http://www.hylands.com/products/teething... (has a store locator). I use to get mine from walmart, kmart or pharmacy

Andrea - posted on 02/13/2010

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I did see this really cool teething toy. it is like a pacifier with a mesh net instead of a nipple....You place frozen fruit inside the mesh and let your baby chew on it.

Gemma - posted on 02/13/2010

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ok this will sound terrible but my nail client works for slumber party and there is a numbing product called anal eaze she gave it to me (i put a plaster over the name) and any other numbing cream did not compare! my darling slept for hours with the pain gone, now im using it for my wisdom tooth, try the website slumberparty.com (or .co.au im not sure)
gem nz

Adrienne - posted on 02/13/2010

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Cold symptoms are normal, teething tablets can be helpful but I have found a cool damp rag to be about the best teething aide. That or wash your hands of course and sacrifice a finger for awhile, its cuddle time and letting them gnaw helps ease their discomfort a bit. Wouldnt recommend oragel in babies, some say it burns their gums and the taste may be enough of a put off to send an already irritable baby into a tantrum. Good Luck! It doesnt last forever I promise!

Jane - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hi. Try Ashton and Parsons powders - get them on the shelf at any pharmacy/tesco etc. they're a life saver when our little girl is teething. They're herbal, dry up the runny nose and 'pick them up' for a good few hrs. Good luck.x

Tash - posted on 02/12/2010

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Astons and parstons testing powders are very good it brings instant relief hope it works

June - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hi have you tryed Aston and parsons it works wonders on my little boy
he also gets colds with teething

Liz - posted on 02/12/2010

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If you want a yummy "treat" to help the pain I used to freeze juice or breast milk and thaw it half way making it a slushie, to spoon feed her. It was yummy and of course SOOOOO cold that her mouth did not bother her. GOOD LUCK!

Kelley - posted on 02/12/2010

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I'm not sure which teething tablets you are using but my daughter LOVES the Hyland's Homeopathic Teething tablets. When she is teething (and she only has one more to go YAY!), I use Tylenol, the tablets, and when really painful the Baby Orajel. Another thing that I've tried during the day that works is frozen apple slices. I cut them up & put in freezer & pull one out & she gnaws on it & it really seems to appease the pain. Hope this helps!

Susan - posted on 02/12/2010

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Our children used to walk around with an Avent bottle filled with frozen peas and frozen corn. Worked GREAT!

Rochelle - posted on 02/11/2010

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This will sound absolutly crazy but I am a Mother of 5 (boys) and my Grandma had 11 and she told me to fry pork chops with the bones on them and strip the meat and give them the bones to gnaw on and my kids never had any problem with their teeth coming in after I started to use that method

Roxy - posted on 02/11/2010

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i used chamilla for both my kids, I went to my local pharmacy and talked to the pharmacist about something i could use for teething that was preferably an all natural product, he showed me Chamillia. Its natural and comes in one time use packs (about 50 in a box) it looks like water, easy to use,long lasting and no taste to it so i had no problems with it. I found it worked quickly and the kids were nolonger in pain

Lacey - posted on 02/11/2010

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teething oh ive been their believe it or not do what you wish but whisky really does work i use it for my children when they were teething. Just a test to urself take a little dab on ur fingure and rub on your lips...they will go numb i know. Usually with teething comes a running nose fever and crying sometimes loose stools. this is all part of nature and needs to run its course.

Kayla - posted on 02/11/2010

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Soft baby washclothes frozen after dipping them in juice - just make sure baby wears a bib because they get very drooly, but it sure helps besides just a good old soft pacifier.

Jess - posted on 02/10/2010

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Hi mummy! :)

All bubs are different but for my 4mth old son, rusks are what works best. I use the 'milk banana' flavour by 'Baby Mum-Mum' brand and he gums away on them for ages! :) This brand has no added sugar, and nothing artificial. Rusks are also great for their hand-eye coordination. My son can now hold them by himself!

Also, I know you said other than tablets, but have you tried 'Hylands' teething tablets? They're homeopathic and just dissolve on their tongue :) They also 100% money back guarentee, so you've got nothing to lose :)

Hope you find something that works for you! xo

Michelle - posted on 02/10/2010

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I prefer all natural remedies her are some to try:


Clove oil - can be rubbed on sore gums to relieve pain, but only use a tiny amount: too much can upset your baby's stomach.

Natural Licorice Stick (the herb, not the candy) - typically found in health food stores, feels cool and also numbs the gums when your baby chews on it.

Chamomilla and Calcarea Carbonica are considered two of the most helpful remedies for teething, individually or in a combination remedy. Both are safe in low doses.

Wash Cloth - soaked in Chamomile Tea and then frozen is great for chewing on when baby is teething.

Olive Oil - rub gently on the gums for relief from teething pain.

Ginger Root - rub a small piece on the baby’s gums to soothe the pain.

Pickles – can be helpful because the cold temperature and vinegar helps to numb the gums.

Camomile Oil - Wet a cotton swab with 1-2 drops and apply to the gums. It has a sedative and antispasmodic action.


Tea Tree Oil – one drop well mixed in a glass of water and rubbed on the gums provides a sedative effect.


Lobelia extract, Aloe Vera gel or Peppermint Oil rubbed on the gums can provide relief.


Chamomilla - considered the most used homeopathic medicine for teething pain.


Chamomile Tea Bag - A cooled chamomile tea bag can be gently rubbed onto a baby's gums for pain relief.

Hyland's and Humphrey's Teething Tablets – providing all natural relief for more than 60 years and available at many main-stream pharmacies in addition to local co-op or health food

Sandi - posted on 02/10/2010

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We use anbesol liquid on her gums just before bed/nap time. Fast & works a treat. Our daughter gets a pink rosey runny nose and flushed cheeks when teething. I heard they can get nappy rash too but she has never had that *touch wood*

Iridescent - posted on 02/10/2010

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Frozen damn washcloths are great. Teething rings (just the plastic kind as well as the freeze kind, and they also make vibrating ones). Oragel (they have a nighttime formula). Ibuprofen helps a lot more with swelling and pain than Tylenol (proven in multiple studies). Frozen fruit in the mesh bag someone else mentioned.

Serina - posted on 02/10/2010

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When my daughter was teething we would freeze whole dill pickles and let her chew on them. You can also freeze teething rings. Also orajel && tylenol =)

Avryl - posted on 02/10/2010

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ORASED. Get it from the Chemist. My daughter cryed one night and the old lady next door told me she heard her cry for the first time. I said I think she is teething. She recommended it. IT WORKS FOR 8 HOURS. Even now, at 14 and 16, if they hurt their gums they ask for it. Nothing else worked for us.

Paula - posted on 02/10/2010

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How does the amber necklace work? It just sits next to the skin, they don't suck on it, right?

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