My Five Favorite Natural Teething Remedies for Young Infants

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Alas, the teething has begun. My oldest started teething around three months and broke her first teeth at four months, so it did not surprise me that my four month old is following a similar trend and has been teething the past few weeks. Nothing has broken through yet, but I anticipate it will happen this month. With my first daughter I was new to the organic, green parenting and alternative medicine world and although we used ice, plastic teethers, and Orajel on occasion, that is when I started my quest for other options.

Almost five years and three babies later I have accumulated wooden teethers, amber teething necklaces and more homeopathic alternatives to use as my first resort. I have added three new favorites to my mommy tool belt this third time around and am feeling a little less stressed.  Since teething biscuits and frozen fruits or veggies are not yet an option for an EFB baby, my top five favorite teething remedies for young infants are:

1. Cuddles and Nursing. Hands down the first resort and often the most effective, my little ones get lots of extra snuggles and mama’s milk to help with the discomfort of teething. I love the word for teething in Japanese, which describes it as “itchy teeth” and as I watch my babies run their little tongues on their gums, it really does look like they are trying to relieve a really bothersome itch.

2. Amber Teething Necklace. Most people think that I am dolling up my babies in accessories, but I was happy when I discovered these a couple of years ago when my son was an infant. My husband jokingly calls them “serenity necklaces” and is still skeptical about them, but I notice a difference and babies are too young to change their behavior for a placebo effect.

3. Sophie the Giraffe and Natural Rubber Teethers. This was the teething toy that I wanted so bad for my son a couple of years ago, but because we had two small dogs at the time it was out of the question. We lost enough rubbery toys, pacifiers and wooden treasures as it is. My daughter loves it! The natural rubber is soft and easy to hold, yet sturdy enough to bring some relief as she gnaws on it’s ears, nozzle and feet, and it squeaks which is very exciting to a four-month-old.

4. Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets. This is my first baby I have had the opportunity to try these with, although technically I use the Chamomilla 30X packaging found in the Hyland’s Homeopathic Medicine Chest and Hyland’s Kid’s Kit. Baby Teething Tablets are a popular and effective remedy for their effectiveness and natural ingredients and they seem to calm my little one down after she takes them. They are definitely a new staple in our medicine cabinet.

5. Essential Oils. My latest obsession has been using high quality essential oils outside of the limited bath and body or cleaning applications I had used for a number of years. Essential oils (which are different from extracts or fragrance oils) work great in a diffuser in the nursery or diluted in a carrier oil and rubbed on tiny feet and chests. Lavender essential oil is a great oil for teething for its anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and calming properties to name a few.

So there you have it. What other remedies have you found effective on young infants who are teething?

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.
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  1. How do you use the lavendar oil. I currently put it in my daughter’s bath, but she just broke her first two teeth and she isn’t feeling too well.

    • Dilute it in a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and rub it on her chest or the bottom of her feet. You can get more specific with reflexology points on the feet, but I would just to a general application.

  2. I can’t believe I never thought of this! I already use lavender in a boo boo/diaper rash salve I make. My 4 month old is teething now so this gives me something besides Tylenol!
    I saw you are a military wife, so am I :). I delivered my 3rd while my hubby was deployed. Looking forward to reading your blog more

    • I know, I always had a few essential oils around for wipes solutions, cleaning or in a nice warm bath, but have just started to use them in other ways. Rub the lavender oil on her feet (toes) with some coconut or other carrier oil. Lavender and peppermint essential oils were also a huge help when my two-year-old was cutting his molars.

      Yay for military moms. 😀 I saw you used past tense so it sounds like he is home now– hooray!

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