Alternative Methods to Ease Teething Pain

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    It’s 3:00 a.m. on a Sunday night, and you have a very important meeting for work on Monday, yet your 7-month-old is screaming out in pain.  The only thing you want to do is crawl under your covers and go back to sleep.  Instead, you drag your tired self out of bed, stumble to the nursery, and pick up your precious little one.  All you can dream about is getting a full night of sleep again.  

    There will come a time when your baby is teething that you feel desperate for a solution to ease their teething pain and will try just about anything.  

    Sound familiar?  If not, and you’re a new mom, your time is most likely coming.  According to WebMD, babies begin to teethe around six months. However, teething between 3 to 12 months of age is within the normal range.  Most babies become fussy and may have a difficult time sleeping while they are teething.  They may refuse to eat or drink as well.  Traditional methods to help relieve teething pain include teething toys or pain relievers. Teething gels that contain benzocaine are not recommended, as it can cause a rare, yet life threatening condition called methemoglobinemia. This condition greatly reduces the amount of oxygen carried through the bloodstream. But there are plenty of other options to help get you and baby feeling better.

    Here are some alternative methods to relieve teething pain:  

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Alternative Methods to Ease Teething Pain

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish . Her weekly feature ... More

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  1. Profile photo of JNelle JNelle says:

    My nutritionist told my sister- in-law and me about an all natural food supplement called Parotid PMG
    by Standard Process. I kid you not. As long as we take one pill with each meal (we both breastfeed),
    our babies have NO teething issues: no drooling, no out of control chewing, and NO pain.
    This is the perfect teething fix, and more people need to know about it.

    • Profile photo of jasmin jasmin says:

      I want to try this! My daugther is 3 months 3 weeks now and just yesterday she was crying frantically. She has been drooling for weeks now and just yesterday cried non stop because she is teething. I want to try this but im a little nervous! You take one pill with each meal you take? Kindly share details!

      Thank you!

  2. Profile photo of Rebecca Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the comment Liz! I got these mittens and they were a total hit with my little one. Plus his snowsuit this year didn’t have attached mittens and these worked great

  3. i give my daughter teething rings during the day and then at night i put oragel on her gums and give her a pacifier.

  4. Profile photo of Alicia Alicia says:

    I use teething rings for my girl durin the day, and if she can’t sleep at night up all ours crying i give her some infant tylonal and a a pacci.

  5. Profile photo of Lukesmother Lukesmother says:

    My little one has been teething since 3 months old. He is drooling and trying to chew anything he can get in his mouth. I loved this article,now I have some new things to try!

  6. Profile photo of Liz Liz says:

    I found that Waterproof Teething Mittens work WONDERS with my baby. He loves to bite his fingers but after a while would find it uncomfortable. Now he wears his mittens whenever he is on a bitting mood and he seems to really like them. Here is where you can find them:

  7. Profile photo of Teresa Teresa says:

    I used a Rubbermaid soap holder that has suction cups on it. I would stick it in the freezer, let it get cold and then let my baby chew on it and the suction sups help the pain and the teeth to come out better.