When teething is making your baby fussy, cranky, and unwilling to nap or feed, According to your goal as a parent, Teething Remedies to provide relief. Yet conventional teething remedies can be toxic or cause choking and should be avoided. The good news is that there are some all-natural teething remedies that can safely—and effectively—soothe baby’s aching gums.
Not all babies experience the same teething symptoms; I’ve raised three daughters and the process was different for each of them. But the most important thing to remember in all cases is that teething is a natural, and important, part of your baby’s development.
Teething prepares the mouth and jaw for further development and the eruption of teeth. So supporting this process—even as you ease baby’s discomfort—is critical.
This post will highlight the safest and most effective natural teething remedies, while also outlining a common teething schedule and typical symptoms, so you know what to look for each step of the way.
What is teething?
Babies are born with an entire set of teeth sitting just below the gumline, and teething occurs when those teeth begin pushing through the gum tissue. While some babies seem to sprout teeth overnight with little fuss or commotion, many parents report that their children become irritable as the teeth literally cut through the gums.
Baby Teething Schedule
Every baby is unique and his teeth will appear in their own time, typically beginning around the six-month mark and culminating around his third birthday. Some babies may even be born with already-erupted teeth, though it’s rare.
Here’s a look at the average ages when baby teeth appear.
- 3-6 months: Your baby may start to show the earliest symptoms of teething, including swollen, tender gums, and fussiness
- 6-12 months: This is the average age when baby’s front teeth appear. Because these teeth have a sharp edge and cut through the gums more easily, they tend to appear without much trouble.
- 12-22 months: This is the average age baby’s first molars and canine teeth appear. Erupting molars are often significantly more painful than front or canine teeth because they have a flat, wide surface as opposed to a sharp edge. Molar eruption can even cause bleeding in some children.
- 22-33 months: This is the average age when baby’s second molars appear. Like first molars, these can be especially painful.
Common Teething Symptoms
While every child is different, there are some common symptoms that may indicate that your baby is cutting his first teeth. They include:
- Swollen, tender gums
- Increased crying and a grumpy temperament due to discomfort
- A slight fever (less than 101 F)
- Gnawing or wanting to chew on hard things (which can help relieve some of the pain of teething and encourage the tooth to break through)
- Lots of drool
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Watching your child experience any of these symptoms can be difficult, especially because you want nothing more than to ease his pain and discomfort as quickly as possible. But I want to stress, again, that teething is a natural and necessary part of baby’s oral development. And as long as symptoms remain mild and short-lived (a fews days up to a couple weeks for each new tooth), you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.That said, not all symptoms that babies experience while erupting new teeth should be blamed on teething. Particularly high fevers, for example, are unlikely to be a symptom of teething and may point to a more serious issue. (1)If your child experiences any of the following, even if h is teething, you should address your concerns with his doctor:
- High fever
The Best All Natural Teething Remedies
Avoiding potentially dangerous teething remedies doesn’t mean your baby has to suffer while his teeth come in. Here’s a look at natural teething remedies that are completely safe and effective, too.
One of the best ways to provide relief for teething is to gently massage your baby’s gums with clean hands.
Chamomile is a mild sedative that is safe for children and can ease fussiness and irritability. (6) Some parents have found success with Camilia chewing tablets, which contain chamomile. Or you can simply freeze chamomile tea into popsicle form for baby, or soak a cloth in cold chamomile tea and give it to him to chew on.
Teething gloves are mitts that go on your baby’s hands and are covered in a durable material, (usually silicone) for baby to chew on. The Munch Mitt and the Nuby are the two most popular brands.
As mentioned, plastic teethers may be made from or filled with toxic chemicals, but wooden teethers are all-natural and relatively risk-free. They’re also hard enough to provide relief while encourage proper chewing and oral development, but without the issues that arise with frozen teething rings.
My granddaughter loves this wooden rattle by Homi Baby. It’s small enough for her to grab and is also sealed with organic virgin coconut oil, which is safe for babies.
Cooled (but not frozen) foods in a mesh feeder can give your baby something to munch on that will also soothe his gums. Filling mesh feeders with apples, grapes, or other fruits and vegetables is also a great alternative to teething biscuits that are processed, high-carb, and full of added sugars. Just be not to leave baby unattended while eating.