Tactics for Teething

March 23, 2011 at 4:02 PM 2 comments


Photo Credit: Reese Derrenburger

Naomi has started the process of the one baby-related thing I was most afraid of: teething.  There are two adorable little white spots on her lower gums right now and they are slowly, painfully, emerging.

I hate hearing my baby cry. I wish God had designed them to all pop out at once but I don’t think that is about to happen anytime soon.  As such, we are trying to deal with them naturally, without resorting to uncomfortable crying for hours or medication.  Here are our tricks:

1. Teething necklaces. We purchased a pretty rubber teething ring that I wear as a necklace.  Naomi loves to chew on it, especially if I take it off and give it to her.  She crawls around with it ib her mouth, then smiles at me (and dropping the teething ring).

2. Amber necklaces. I had hear good things about them, and when Naomi started awakening at all hours of the night to nurse to ease the discomfort, I went out and picked up an amber necklace.  What a remarkable difference!  She immediately went back to her normal night-time nursing routine.  Another friend had a baby that was getting physically I’ll from the pain and the necklaces helped her sooth her discomfort and return to normal!

3.  Raw carrots and frozen green beans.  I was surprised that she would like this, but Naomi loved the raw carrots.  What a delicious way to sooth sore gums.  I haven’t had much success with the green beans yet, but another friend’s son did quite well gnawing on them when he went through teething issues.

4.  Cold face cloths. Sometimes something as simple as the face cloth we wiped her face with after dinner will calm a crying baby.  We rinse it clean after dinner and then give it back to her.  (Note:  Babies like to suck the water out of the facecloths when they chew on them, so be sure to use safe laundry soap!)

5.  Nursing on demand! We have always done this, but sometimes just having a yummy nurse while Mommy makes faces and noises to get her laughing is a big help.  For one thing, this allows her to get some nutrients to help her replace the ones she didn’t get because eating was uncomfortable.  For another, this helps her to sleep.  Third, the smiles and giggles help to release endorphins (the feel-good hormones), which help to reduce pain and discomfort!

How do you help your teething baby deal with their pain?  Leave a comment and let us know!

This post is a part of Works For Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Pam  |  March 24, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Frozen or cold broccoli stalks( I can’t remember which) were wonderful, the fat bits. And frozen banana but it makes a great mess.

    • 2. mamasheppard  |  March 24, 2011 at 7:54 AM

      Hi Pam! Thanks for the tips, I never thought to try frozen broccoli. That might work better since Naomi prefers broccoli to beans. And frozen bananas is a clever trick too! I might try that one before bath time.


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