Teething Troubles? Readers Share Their Favorite At-home Remedies

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Watching your baby grow up is a mix of wonder, excitement, and sadness. And when it comes to teething, you can also add headaches and tears — yours and baby’s.

We asked Babble readers how they handled the drooling, screaming pain as baby’s first teeth came in. Their answers, especially the non-medicinal, homespun ones, are easy and effective. Parents, get your freezer ready!

 


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    Born and Bread

    Cut up bread into thin, stick-like pieces and freeze. Then let baby chew on it.

    — Submitted by Kristin Arnold

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    Old-school Teething

    This will make me sound ancient, but whiskey-soaked, old fashioned, clothespins worked great.

    — Submitted by Kelly Harris Aulenbach

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    Pucker Up

    Slices of lemon — even better if they've been in the freezer.

    — Submitted by Pamela Cook

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    Scrub-a-dub-dub

    Frozen washcloths were the ticket!

    — Submitted by Tiffany Pigtales Stahl

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    Love at First Bite

    Popsicles or frozen bananas. The cold feels amazing on the gums.

    — Submitted by Maria Zingales

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    Soak Up the Pain

    We buy sponges, get them wet, and freeze them.

    — Submitted by Caprice Wilson Dean

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    Forbidden Fruit

    Unopened frozen fruit snacks. The babes love the crinkling noise when they gnaw on the wrapper with the hard, frozen fruit snacks inside.

    — Submitted by Kayla Bauer

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    Everything But the Kitchen Sink

    Whiskey — for me, of course! We [also] used teething tablets, frozen fruits and ice in the mesh feeder, Tylenol/Motrin, cold washcloths …

    — Submitted by Andrea Hepburn

    Photo credit: iStock

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    Leggo My Eggo!

    Frozen waffles.

    — Submitted by Leslie Lawrence

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    Brushing My Tooth

    My son loves to chew on his banana-shaped toothbrush

    — Submitted by Lucy Oliver Monte

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    Shouldnt Put a Ring On It

    Hyland's teething tablets and Advil. My daughter hated teething rings.

    — Submitted by Ellen Shannon Barber

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    Pacify Her

    Frozen binkies work great, even if your baby doesn't really use them.

    — Submitted by Judith Dussault

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    Baby Bling

    My baby wore a homeopathic amber teething necklace — made to wear, not chew. It really helped with swelling.

    — Submitted by Stephanie Eileen Polson

    Photo credit: Amber Artisans

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    The All-natural Approach

    Lots of hugs, kisses, and patience.

    — Submitted by Laura Williams Smith

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What’s your best teething tip? Tell us in the comments!

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