Does anyone have any good alternatives to using teethers to help your soothe your baby when he/she is teething?

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My 3 1/2 month old son, Nathan, is currently teething two teeth at the same time. I've got tons of teethers that I got as gifts from my baby shower and he absolutely hates them. At first I thought it was just because the cold bothered him ( I had stuck them in the fridge thinking the cold would help soothe his sore gums), but when I tried using them when they were room temperature he had the same reaction. I'd rather avoid having to constantly use infant tylenol or oragel if I can, so any alternative ideas would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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Leslie - posted on 11/10/2008

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they sell these net looking things at retail stores that you can put friuts in for kids to chew on, but I put ice in them for my kids and they love it. It numbs the gums and they suck on them for a while. Also try frozen grapes in the net. They are at babies r us and target fpr sure, they are a net witha ring attached.

Suzanne - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son didn't like those too much either.And he got all of his teeth in two's. I used to wet a wash cloth and freeze it. They freeze really fast (ring out the water). It doesn't get too hard and my son loved to play with it a chew on it. I also used an all natural teething gel. I had clove oil in it and was red but I can't remember the name of it! Sorry! GOOD LUCK!!

Sherri - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son just uses his soother, or he chews on his rubbery toys or teether toys. But he is not interested in the frozen ones at all. My mom said she used to give my sisters and i freezies or share popsicles

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Get Teething Tablets. the best that I have found are from Little Remedies. They are miracle working.

Ashley - posted on 11/08/2008

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I let my son chew on wet washcloths that I stuck in the freezer. I let them warm up until they were a little flexible and he loved them. I also like the teething tablets. Also, just sucking on a cold popsicle or eating some ice cream helps us.

Kelly - posted on 11/08/2008

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When my daughter (2 1/2 years) was teething I used to cut carrots into strips and freeze them. She used to love the coldness of them and also when they stared to thaw slightly she also loved the taste. As carrots are naturally sweet, babies seem to love them. Obviously you will need to supervise but it work wonders for my little girl!

Denise - posted on 11/07/2008

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I used a clean washcloth, I would just let the water run really cold and wring it out. My son loved it and he was getting a little water out of it at the same time. It seemed to work wonders! Good luck

Angela - posted on 11/07/2008

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an elderly neighbour told me years ago to let my daughter chew on a wedge of lemon . i thought he was joking but tried it makind sure there were no pips and it worked . i was talking to a natropath about it and they told me lemon has a natural anitsetic in it ..\

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For my son I put a damp wash cloth in the freezer and after it froze (which doesn't take very long) I would give it to him to chew on. It worked great! The teethers tend to be to hard!

Loreen - posted on 11/06/2008

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I get Camilia from the Vitamin Shoppe - its Chamomile and Belladonna - homepathic and all natural....it's in some little viles and is a liquid you can just twist the cap and squeeze in his mouth. My son LOVES it and actually asks me for it now when his teeth are bothering him, he's 2 yrs and 3 months. I've always used this for him and he calms down quickly after using it. If he's still hurting after 15mins he can have another little vile for up to two more times. I never had to use it more than twice.

I never tried the teething tablets because I was afraid when he was younger and didn't know how quickly they would dissolve so I've always used this, the Camilia...works great for my son. Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 11/06/2008

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We used frozen waffles. They get soft but if you can stand the small mess they work great.

Donna - posted on 11/06/2008

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This might be the most "off the map" suggestion you've heard, but foam letters worked for my twin girls! They were given to me as a shower gift... I think they are actually tub toys because they stick to the tub and shower walls when wet. Anyway, because letters are shaped so differently my girls were able to find ones that were comfortable to hold for each of them at different stages of their grasping ability. In addition, most teething rings are completely hard and the foam letters are a little bit softer so it lets baby actually get some chewing action. An added benefit is that they are also educational because I can say "Oh, you are chewing on the letter C..." or "OOOOhhhh... that's the letter O!".



After them turning 5 months old, I also alternated Tylenol and Motrin every 3-4 hours on the really bad days. Approved by my pediatrician, of course.



Good luck!

User - posted on 11/06/2008

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Hylands has an all natural teething gel and teething tablets. They worked wonders for my daughter.

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All natural highlands teething tablets are a great alternative. They dissolve in baby's mouth in seconds.

Karen - posted on 11/06/2008

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My sister in law gave me these rings that have a little mesh bag that attaches to them. My daughter really liked those with some frozen fruit in them. The mesh bag makes it so that they can't choke on any pieces that break away.

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The Disney baby brand has a product called Teething Drops...THey worked wonders for my son Aiden!!!

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My Maggie enjoys an ice cube in a wash cloth. I just use a rubber band to keep the wash cloth closed around the cube. She gnaws on it and it seems to help. Pediatrician said also that if she ran a little temp that she could have a little infant tylenol. I use that on the really rough nights so she can sleep.

Pam - posted on 11/06/2008

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The old wet washcloth trick has been good for my little guy. But, his favorite? His toothbrush!! And the handle of his big, thick spoon...

Lisa - posted on 11/06/2008

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I have used Teething tablets too with success. The gels work but I don't use much and only to help her sleep at night or nap time. My daughter (now 21/2) just puts a dry gauze diaper (we use them as spit up clothes not diapers) and she just chews away on them... if she doesn't have one of those she tends to chew her clothes instead!

Angela - posted on 11/06/2008

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teething tablets work great!! also a cold wet washcloth helped my little one out

Sally - posted on 11/06/2008

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My son is also not a fan of teethers, cold or room temperature. He's now cutting his first molars so can be pretty miserable. I tried frozen bagels since he loves them and can eat solids pretty well. And as odd as it sounds, he seems to get the most relief from chewing on our living room table when we're home...so I let him. I think our dog is very confused...

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My son loved to chew on a cool wet face cloth. He would use them for hours, I just had to re-wet them every so often.

Mary - posted on 11/05/2008

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I agree with the other ladies that teething tablets work well. I was told by my pediatrician to not use the gels. She said that if too much is swallowed it can actually paralyze the child's breathing system. You may also want to try a damp washcloth put into the freezer for a few minutes. My son loved that.

Naomi - posted on 11/05/2008

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my daughter got 4 teeth at 4 months and then another 6 by 8 months. NOT FUN! BUT teething tablets worked wonders. I was always shocked how quickly she would calm down after taking them. Very safe and worked much better than any of the gels we tried.

Michele - posted on 11/04/2008

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Humphrey's 3 teething tablets work wonders! They are homeopathic and probably one of the best things I used throughout teething!!!

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2008

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It always helped to rub children's Benedryl on my son's gums. Don't use teething gels like Oragel, though, because they actually toughen the gum and can make the tooth harder to come through and more painful in the long run!

Danielle - posted on 11/04/2008

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well i always used the gels they worked fine but if your not too keen then hard toys are always good if he likes chewing things. my son always chewed his fingers or teddys ears otherwise i aint any ideas thats a tricky 1 my son would just suck teethers until his lips and tounge were numn hope you find a way

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