5 Natural Ways to Help Baby Teething Pain

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I know from my own kids that there is no set schedule for when babies start teething, but experts say they usually work on getting their teeth by six months.

Teething is a headache for both children and parents because they're uncomfortable, and they're letting us know it. They drool, they cry, and they scream, they get clingier, and they refuse to take their oh-so-needed naps.

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If your baby is showing any of those signs, they may be having a rough time with sore gums. You don't have to dose your baby up on Tylenol or other pain relief medications; there are some natural ways that can get your baby feeling happier, which is good for everyone.

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Make breastmilk popsicles

Ice is great for soothing pain, and it's also perfect for chewing on, which will help the teeth erupt faster. If your baby isn't eating solid foods yet, make some ice cubes out of your breastmilk (or formula) and place in a net-feeder. Your baby will love the relief from the hard, cold cube and won't be put off by weird tastes.

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Freeze a wet washcloth

Get one of your baby's washcloths wet and place it rolled up in the freezer for a few hours. Your baby can chew on the frozen cold cloth, and with it being rolled up, they can target the places in their mouth that hurt the most.

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Try an amber necklace

Some parents swear by the amber necklace and its ability to provide comfort to teething babies. Amber is a natural pain relief method that's been used for centuries and is thought to help teething babies like an anti-inflammatory thanks to succinic acid. Make sure you follow the safety instructions and choose the correct size since it will be around baby's neck.

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Hand them a cold cucumber

If your child is already eating solid foods, try giving them slices of crisp cucumbers. It will work the same way as the frozen cloth or breastmilk by providing cold comfort and a hard surface to rub on their gums. You could also try re-freezing lightly boiled carrots if your baby doesn't like cucumbers.

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Rub their gums

If you're out and about and your baby is throwing a teething fit, you can always use your (clean!) finger and rub across their gums using gentle pressure. You run the risk of getting bit if they already have some teeth, but sometimes, quiet trumps a bitten finger.

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What are your tips for helping a baby with their teething pain? Share in the comments!

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Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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