Apart from teething gel and rings how can you help your baby when they are teething?

Casie - posted on 12/16/2009 ( 69 moms have responded )

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My 4month old daughter is currently teething. the gels dont really help her at all and she wont take the teethings rings.

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Jaelyn - posted on 12/27/2009

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My kids liked the finger covers with little bumps on it, I would massage their gums. Also frozen fruits such as peaches worked well. They sell these little net things with paci handles that you can stick fruit, ice, etc in without having to worry about choking.

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I gave them to my kids at about 4 months, they were early teethers. Many pediatricians so NO to OraGel or other similar products because the numbing agents in them actually harden the gums making each tooth more difficult and painful.

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Brandie - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son started teething at 2 months and now is 9 months with 8 teeth. His doctor told me to take a bottle of children's benadryl and put the tip of my finger in it and then rub his gums and in no time his teeth started coming through.

Erin - posted on 12/22/2009

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They make a toothbrush for infants. I think I bought mine at Babys-R-Us. It's made of a blue rubber and fits on one finger. I used ours to rub my baby's gums. Worked well.

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Quoting Ashley:

Try a wet washcloth. My son loves to chew on that!



my children did the same thing

Tiffany - posted on 12/21/2009

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Give her something safe but hard to chew on like a biter cookie or rubber puppy chew toys. Even a damp wash cloth to chew on.

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2009

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we would grab a face cloth of theirs for our kids and dip it in cold water and stick it in the freezer and let it freeze and then they would just sit there and suck on it until it was warm. i hope that helps

Carrie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Hiya my 11wk old seems to be teething too and my mother told me about Nelsons teetha herbal granules. they come in small sachets and you just pour one into babys mouth. iv tried them and they work, mom swore by them and i recommended them to a good friend who was at her wits end ...they soothe instantly and are herbal so no drugs to worry about. get them from most chemists .... hope they help :)

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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I think lemons and limes are a bad idea, just because the teeth aren't out yet doesn't mean the acidity can't harm them. I use a finger toothbrush on my daughter, it states right on the packaging toothbrush/gum massager. It's very soft rubber and it feels cool..

Slovania - posted on 12/21/2009

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My daugther didn't like that stuff either, I used to froze some apple juice or any juice she likes even just water in a star pop (they sell it ina ny Target or Wal Mart) my daughter loved them. Also try the Hylands Teething Tablets like kristina said, You can find them mostly in Wallgreens. They're all natural and they really relieve the pain. I hope this can help you and good luck.

Kala - posted on 12/21/2009

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TEETHING TABLETS!! My 7 month old started tething at 2 months old and the gel wasnt working at all;; also freezing an apple juice rag and letting them chew/suck on it helps alot... but the teething tablets are AMAZING just let 2 or 3 dissolve (one at a time) under their tongues and like a min later it seems to work.

Kristen - posted on 12/21/2009

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try the teething tablets, you can find them in the baby section at walmart- they are a god send and work VERY WELL!!

Melissa - posted on 12/20/2009

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You can try ,get a soft cloth place it in cool not very cold water!and massage your babies gum for her.This always helped my kids .you need to rub gently yet apply a little pressure to the inner part of the gum where the tooth comes out and the outer gum area.Or simply use your clean finger to do it.Dont get bit !i hope this help's you .Best of luck!

Rebecca - posted on 12/20/2009

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i let my son teeth on a frozen sugar pop..you know the kind that frozen koolaid in it and you have to cut one end off to push up..i think they are called flavor aids? anyways..i didnt cut them open..he just chewed on it while i was watchijng him..to make sure he didnt get any pieces off.

Kellyn - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting lisa:

DO ANYTHING BUT USE TEETHING TABLETS. WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS USING THEM SHE STARTED BLEEDING WHEN SHE POOPED CAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING IN IT THAT MAKES BLOOD VESSLES REAL THIN, AND MY DOCTOR SAID THAT THE MAIN INGREDIANT IS PRETTY MUCH SINTHEDIC DRUGS VERY SIMILAR TO COCAINE. REAL SHOCKER TO ME. I WAS SO SCARED. I DID TYLONOL EVERY 6 HOURS. CRACKERS AND I DID ALSO FREEZE MY BREAST MILK. THANK YOU FOR READING


For sure. One ingredient is Belladonna which is basically a halucinagen.



On another message board somewhere, there was a woman who gave her child these tablets and her child started passing out randomly. It says on the label that your child may fall asleep after taking one because they can "get some rest," but this woman's child was just passing out in her arms when she was wide awake and playing. Granted, I think she was giving her more than the recommended dose, but I still wouldn't trust them.

Tiffany - posted on 12/20/2009

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they have teething tablets. they worked for me. and sometimes a frozen wash cloth so they can suck on it!

Megan - posted on 12/20/2009

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Oragel works for my son. I hear teething tablets work well also. If not then ice numbs the gums. I put crushed ice in my sons sippy cup. After a little while the gums will become numb. Mashed up fruits. Whatever you do, make sure to invest in bibs...my son drooled alot. Hope it helps. If all else fails, talk to the doc.

Kirsty - posted on 12/20/2009

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try teething powders or biccie pegs (very hard biscuits,find them with the rusks).i used ashton and parsons,they worked a treat.i dont think the gels work tbh.age appropriate infant suspension for when the pain gets bad.you can try giving her something very cold like a home made ice lolly to chomp on (it will give her something hard to bite down on and keep her hydrated as well).unfortunately you just have to have patience.but you will get through it.keep a bib on her to catch the drool,keep an eye on her hydration levels (offer her water at regular intervals) and use a barrier cream on her face to protect her skin from chapping.nappy rash can also be a problem,so allow her time without a nappy on and use a cream if she does get a rash.for a bad one use plain water and add an emollient to her bath water.other than that,just lots of love and hugs!

Malinda - posted on 12/20/2009

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I always put ice cubes in a wash rag then put a rubber band around the top of the rag so they could naw on the rag and it absorbs the water also so no leakage. This works better when they say actually have one pop thru they can poke a whole in the teething rings.

Amythyst - posted on 12/20/2009

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my daughter's 11months old and has 8 teeth, started when she was 3 months old. she loves a cold wet face cloth and for bed time we gave her hylands homeopathic teething tablets. disolve 2 in a teaspoon of water. worked great for us.

Wendy - posted on 12/20/2009

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We used cold pacifiers, the type that they provide in the hospital. We also used frozen fruit, it helped numb his gums, and the flavors were always a really good distraction - not to mention healthy!

Alexia - posted on 12/20/2009

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I tried everything and the one thing that did work was the tylenol and teething tablets.

Christina - posted on 12/20/2009

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Teething tablets and tylenol worked for my daughter when she was cutting teeth

Julie - posted on 12/19/2009

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what type of teething gel are u using? we got some from the womens and childrens hospital in adelaide. I am sure other hopsitals would have similar. its a liquid called chlohexidene & lignocaine mouth paint. hope this helps. It usually lasts long than normal teehing gel.

Kristi - posted on 12/19/2009

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ice pops.... home made ones are easyer to bite but the tube ones are perfect for their mouths my daughter loved them when she was teething... now shes a year old and likes it when we make our own... i make them with juicy juice. but i would just get the store bought ones.. try that it might help!

Elin - posted on 12/19/2009

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P.S. He also loved these vibrating toys that are for teething (like $5 at walmart) but he couldn't bite hard enough at that age to make the buzz by himself but he liked when I held it to his gums. It helped him!!!

Elin - posted on 12/19/2009

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Ok I'm not one of those moms to push my beliefs or readings on others but I do want to pass this discovery along that I read about in my Parenting magazine. For babies who can not sit up by themselves (get themselves from lying down to sitting up) the gel is kinda decieving to use. Yes it numbs their gums which is great but because they are so saliva-ey the swallow some of the gel and it can numb their gag reflex. So if you use it before bed and they start to gag or spit up that muscle is numbed and it can go very badly. I'm not trying to scare anyone because it's obviously not going ot happen to everyone or guarantee that your kids gonna spit up while it's numb but just be cautious please!



My son started teeth early too, and we got these homeopathic teething drops that dissolve in his mouth that have no chemicals and don't numb but help with pain, irritability (which my son's biggest feat), and sleep problems. He loves them and they seem to work really well for him.



I haven't tried a washcloth but I've hear thats a good trick.

And my son doesn't like holding the teething ring, but he'll let me hold it for him for a few minutes. Hope this helps!!! Good luck, teething can be a long journey!

Cherry - posted on 12/19/2009

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ICE, ICE and more ICE...It stays freezing cold until your babies mouth is numb so they cant feel anymore pain! I found washclothes, teethers, teething rings and all the other 'cold' methods didnt work as they melt or warm up too quickly! plus if your bub is sucking on ice, they are getting lots of water to hydrate them, keeps them cool all round and help keep them regular too :) You can buy these self feeding items which you lock the ice into and your baby sucks on it through a mesh section, sorry i cant remember what thet are called, but it was the best $7 i ever spent, especially if your worried about you bub chocking on the ice! good luck :)

Bonny - posted on 12/19/2009

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Frozen washrags are great for babies to chew on, teething tablets, teething gels (I put mine on the pacifier and then just give it to him, sooooo easy), and if you have a leatherworker in town, a fresh leather strap is also great:)

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my son was'nt too keen on the teething rings or gels,so I'd wet a facewasher and put it in the freezer ( not til it froze,but just got really cold),found he'd use this and it calmed him really well. I'd also use this teething powder, it's called baby teething powder and is made by weleda baby, it works really fast and has all natural products,you can buy it from any chemist.

Lisa - posted on 12/19/2009

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DO ANYTHING BUT USE TEETHING TABLETS. WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS USING THEM SHE STARTED BLEEDING WHEN SHE POOPED CAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING IN IT THAT MAKES BLOOD VESSLES REAL THIN, AND MY DOCTOR SAID THAT THE MAIN INGREDIANT IS PRETTY MUCH SINTHEDIC DRUGS VERY SIMILAR TO COCAINE. REAL SHOCKER TO ME. I WAS SO SCARED. I DID TYLONOL EVERY 6 HOURS. CRACKERS AND I DID ALSO FREEZE MY BREAST MILK. THANK YOU FOR READING

Brenda - posted on 12/19/2009

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You can buy one of those mesh fruit holders, and freeze breastmilk, formula or juice in an ice cube tray. Put the cube into the mesh feeder and let them chew on the ice inside. My little man loved it. I used breastmilk, so it was a momsicle. :)

Michelle - posted on 12/19/2009

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Hyland's homeopathic teething tablets. I found them at Wal-Mart and they actually work!!! I don't usually go for homeopathic stuff but these totally work!!!

Cynthia - posted on 12/19/2009

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i used frozen bananas. Put a peeled banana in the freezer, let it freeze & give baby. although your daughter at 4months might not be eating much solids yet...

Lindsey - posted on 12/19/2009

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try putting carrot or cuecumber sticks in the freezer and when babys bad let them suck on these it will cool n sooth the gums n they get the goodness of the food. hope this helps

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I used Gerber Cookies for my son. He loved to gum on those things and he could sleep all night because he was full from his cookies.

Renae - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Highlands makes a great all natural teething tablet. A little tylenol before bed helps too.



They're spelt "Hylands". Sorry Melissa just clarifying in case she has to get a pharmacy to order them in like I had to. :)

Tina - posted on 12/18/2009

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It might sound funny, but what helps my daughter the most with her teething is a toothbrush. I brush my 8 month old daughter's teeth every day and when I am finished I allow her to brush her teeth herself. Well, she doesn't really brush her teeth but she chews on the brush and that seems to help her.

Ashley - posted on 12/18/2009

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somewhat frozen somewhat thawed waffles it worked for my sister and brother or sugar free otter pops or something like that might work it worked for my sibs

Samantha - posted on 12/18/2009

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try some teething stripes they work really well. Or some teething tablets, or a cold wet rag, or give her a nutter butter biscut n let her bit on it just watch her n make she is not choking.....

Samantha - posted on 12/18/2009

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I have that same question, I am not the kind of parent who like to give there child tylenal or anything that has to deal with druging them up, I would give my daughter tylenal when she really needs it but what else could I do besides teething gel or teething tablest?

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This is going to sound weird maybe but give her a cold face cloth, not to cold though. My daughter was the same way with gels and teething rings and I found that the cold face cloth worked beautifully and she loved it.

Aleah - posted on 12/18/2009

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Hylands teething tablets are awesome! They are all natural and did wonders for my kids! You can get them at any drug store and walmart carries them too!

Natasha - posted on 12/18/2009

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My son loved to chew on a piece of steak! The chewiness of it really seemed to help relieve the pain. Also i froze mashed apple and put it in a teething feeder and he loved to suck on that. The coldness numbs the pain.

Cathy - posted on 12/18/2009

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my son chewed on a freezy pop. i just let him chew on the pop, with the wrapper on. the coldness and the crunchyness, without the sugar.

Debi - posted on 12/18/2009

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I use the teething tablets for my son and when that doesnt work well enough i use baby orajel. They really seem to work.

Jodie - posted on 12/18/2009

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the gel will be working and the rings.all they do is just numb their pain,alot of cool boiled water,pamole alot of babies teeth diffently,some babies,can sometimes have a routiune when the start cutting a new tooth,as sad to say this,this will contiune,till she has all of her teeth.it does get a little easier as the more the cut teeth,the softer their gums become,im not saying they are not still feeling pain,cos they do,all you can do is give lots of cuddles,and every few days,check her mouth,as you can see the tooth thru her gums,then it will cut through.its heartbreaking listening to your bubba go through pain.the molers may be your worst part of her teething,but again,loves,cuddles,security,water,keep up with the gels,ice clocks is a good thing.pamole to,as they can get fever teething too.in time you will learn hur needs,why teething.my baby has had the same thing when teething,so i know what needs to be done,and happen when shes teething.its a case of learning and knowing what her needs are.as adults,we learn our kids needs and wonts or their pain,as they grow up.its apart of our job,as a parent.and teething,theres not alot that can be done,to make it better,just to be there.be aware,when some kids teeth,you may find she will only go to a certain few people.its not course she doesnt like them,and do let people know that.it be course,shes just in pain,and all they wont are their parents.my girls like that.its all good.just keep doing what ya doing.it does get better.it be okay.good luck.keep being persistant with the teething rings.hold it into her mouth,and as she gets older,she will learn to bite on them,plus thats good to strengthen their teeth as well,as they come through.dont give up with the rings,she is also 4mnths old,so shes still grasp on to things to hold as well.she will take them eventually,be patient,thats all you can do.it be okay.you guys will be sweet as.its just one of the many things you need to conquer as a parent. its very rewarding,thats for sure..all the best.

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