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Home Remedies to Help Your Baby Through Teething

Nov 15, 2007
The teething process can be quite a traumatic time for babies and parents alike. The good news is that there are various different home remedies that you can try at this stage in an infant's life. Home remedies for teething are often much more favored by parents as they are safe and do not contain any type of alcohol or other medication. There are lots of home remedies for teething, but here are a few in particular that stand out from the others.

Home Remedies for Teething

One in particular is to use a chilled teether. This is one of the most commonly used to relieve the pain that is caused during teething. These teethers can be usually bought at any retail store and generally consist of a plastic ring that is filled with a liquid gel. When you refrigerate or freeze them, they help to soothe your baby's sore and swollen gums when they gum and suck on them. You do need to be careful however because they are usually made of plastic and so if your baby has already developed teeth then make sure they are unlikely to be able to puncture the teether.

Another good option is to give your baby cold food. Frozen banana is a particularly effective and tasty one. All you have to do is take a regular sized banana, peel it, cut it in half, and place the two halves in a freezer bag and let them sit in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then, once your baby starts getting aggravated from the teething pain you can take out one of the halves and give it to them to gum on. This is a great idea because the cold helps to soothe baby's sore gums and yet you do not have to worry because a banana is a natural and healthy food and not any type of medicine. Ice cream and yogurts are also enjoyed by babies during the teething process.

Another thing you can do for your baby is to massage the baby's gums with your fingers. As long as your hands are clean, all you need to do is put your fingers in your baby's mouth and gently rub back and forth across their sore and swollen gums. This is by far the easiest method, although if the pain is particularly extreme then this method would not be effective enough at alleviating enough of the pain.

At the end of the day, every child is unique and so each case of teething is unique as well. This is why it is recommended that you take the time to try a few different options so that you can see what works best for your baby and what doesn't. As you are trying all natural remedies for teething you don't have to worry that you are harming your baby in any way which is a great comfort to you as a parent.
About the Author
Lisa Davies is a freelance writer. For more information about babies and teething visit our site Baby Development Stages at http://www.babies2toddlers.com
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