16 month old son started teething. How can I help him ease the pain other than Oral gel /Motrin?

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Lindsey - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi Amy have you tried freezing fruit worked for us oh bless horrible time for our babies good luck lol lindz in liverpool x

Tara - posted on 06/03/2009

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Oil of cloves works well, just mix a couple of drops in with another oil, like olive oil, or vegetable oil, and it works nicely. You can also test it on yourself to make sure it isn't too strong, as oil of cloves can be really spicy tasting. You can get oil of cloves from most health food stores. I've been using either that or the baby Tylenol, and the light strength orajel sometimes.

Christina - posted on 06/03/2009

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well i can tell you what my daughters doctor told me. she said not to give them the teething tablets cause it has poisin in them and not to give them motrin cause it cause your baby to have kidney problems. i give my daughter ogel and i use rum or wiskey plus tylenol.

Cynthia - posted on 06/03/2009

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Quoting Kris:

HI Amy. My daughter is not a fan of the chilled teething rings but I do have the teether with the netted top that you can put ice or frozen fruit in and snap it shut that worked great to numb her gums along with some tylenol if it really bad and some baby orajel. Also they have a vibrating teether which she loves to use which you can find at any dept. store along with the netted teether. Hope it helps!


The netted teether also helped us greatly.  They come in a pack of two and usually in the grocery stores in the baby section.  Our son would totally forget about is pain as soon as he would lay eyes on the ring.  We used ice cubes or frozen veggies in it.  When he wasn't teething we put banana or other foods in it to help prevent choking.

Cynthia - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi! I got a really cool idea from the Super Baby Food book. We took our bottles and filled them with an ounce of water and froze them upside down with the lid on. Ours are playtex bottles but I think any bottle other than glass will do. Then we gave the bottle to our son to chew on. It kept him occupied for a while and soothed his gums without the worries of freezer burn. The melted liquid also helped to cool his mouth.

Kris - posted on 06/03/2009

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HI Amy. My daughter is not a fan of the chilled teething rings but I do have the teether with the netted top that you can put ice or frozen fruit in and snap it shut that worked great to numb her gums along with some tylenol if it really bad and some baby orajel. Also they have a vibrating teether which she loves to use which you can find at any dept. store along with the netted teether. Hope it helps!

Kelly - posted on 06/03/2009

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Hi there is a powder called astons and parsons available to buy from certain pharmacies which u just tip in there mouth, it worked wonders for my children, its also pretty cheap

Nita - posted on 06/03/2009

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HI there, have you tried chilled teething rings? he may find them a bit boring, if so, frozen ( possibly cooked) pieces of fruit in muslin cloth, or fruit/veg bags for kids helps sooth their gums. we also used to freeze teething rusks and give them to our daughter straight from the freezer. She enjoyed both. if you want it for during the night, have you considered looking in to natural remedies? your local health shop might have some ideas. there are also amber teething necklaces available, never tried one but know a few people who swear by them. good luck.

Wendy - posted on 06/02/2009

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Hi Amy! I found sm33 and hyland teething tablets worked great! We used bonjella but it didn't work to good for my son.

I probably wouldn't use alcohol as a teething solution, not unless you want to get your kid drunk!

Nicole - posted on 06/02/2009

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Hi Amy. I have three girls. When they were teething, I used alcohol. I tapped my finger in whiskey or rum and rubbed it on their gums. It sounds strange and maybe a little shocking, but my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents all did it, and it works! It numbs their gums. Don't use the oral gel because it actually makes it harder for the teeth to break thru.

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