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Natural Teething Tips

For many babies, teething can be a painful experience. Finding safe and effective ways to ease a baby’s discomfort can challenge new parents, but there are many natural solutions that can help.

Teething usually begins when a baby’s primary teeth come through the gums, somewhere between the ages of 3 and 12 months old. By age 3, most children have all 20 of their first teeth.

Lauren Feder, M.D., is a nationally recognized physician and author who specializes in primary care medicine, pediatrics and homeopathy. She says, “All babies experience teething differently. Some experience a lot of discomfort while others may show no symptoms. And while a baby might experience one episode of teething with pain, a subsequent tooth may cause little to no pain.”

The telltale signs of teething include irritability, drooling, chin rash, biting and gnawing, diarrhea, low-grade fever, and wakefulness at night about three to five days before a tooth breaks through the gum. Because a baby cannot communicate his or her needs, parents may want to try a variety of solutions to relieve the discomfort of these symptoms, starting with the most gentle and natural.

“Cold washcloths, teething rings and massage can help soothe swollen, irritated gums,” notes Dr. Feder. “Hard frozen foods and vegetables can present a choking hazard, however, so it’s best to provide safe objects to chew on.”

While many parents have used over-the-counter numbing benzocaine-based gels and liquids to ease teething pain, the FDA has advised that they can lead to a rare but serious condition called methemoglobinemia.

Symptoms of methemoglobinemia may be difficult for parents to interpret because they can be attributed to other illnesses. Concerned parents should ask their doctor before using benzocaine teething gels on a child, particularly under the age of 2. A consumer update from the FDA on this topic can be found at www.fda.gov.

“Natural medicines such as homeopathic teething tablets and gels can provide effective relief from mouth and gum pain,” says Dr. Feder. “They are formulated to temporarily relieve the symptoms of simple restlessness and wakeful irritability and to help reduce redness and inflammation of gums,” she adds.

Hyland’s all-natural Baby Teething Tablets melt instantly upon contact and have been trusted by parents for over 85 years to ease teething discomfort without numbing a baby’s gums.

(These statements are based upon traditional homeopathic practice. They have not been reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.)

For more natural medicine suggestions and valuable offers, visit www.hylandsbaby.com. Hyland’s products are available nationally in natural food stores, groceries, supercenters and pharmacies such as Walgreens.

*Article courtesy of NAPS.*

Baby can twist, bend and chomp on this non-toxic Twisty® Figure 8 Teether Toy from Munchkin! Winner of the Parents™ Choice® Gold Award, it is no secret why this is a hit with babies ages 6 months and up! Easy to hold, with bold colors, a fun rattle sound and soothing textures for sore gums – this is one toy that will be packed again and again in your diaper bag! It is definitely a hit at “Mom’s” house – even toddlers enjoy bending it into different shapes!

The Twisty® Figure 8 Teether Toy is available nationwide at Target, as well as online at Munchkin.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Rather than baby teething on Mommy’s favorite necklace or bracelet, sonny & reed has designed fashionable yet functional teething jewelry for the mom on-the-move! When out and about with a little one, your baby can safely gnaw and drool all over this celeb-loved item! The adorable beads are smooth on one side, almost like beach glass, and feature nubby ends on the other side, perfect for soothing sore gums! They provide relief and a refreshing distraction while at the store, out to dinner, or just bouncing on Mom’s knee!

For the modern mom, sonny & reed has created the only designer teething necklace made in the USA from non-toxic, FDA-approved material that conforms to Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 16 CFR 1500. The beads will not pass through the choke tube, easing mom’s concerns!

To see all of sonny & reed’s styles, or to order, visit www.sonnyandreed.com.

*Company generously provided images and samples for this review.*

Oh Plah™! Bend it, twist, it, squish it, chew on it – this pliable cuff made to stylishly fit on mom’s wrist while on-the-go makes a wonderful teething toy for your little drooler. Made in the USA of safe, non-toxic medical grade thermoplastic, this unique teething bracelet and toy is free of BPA (Bisphenol-A) phthalates, PVC, harmful lead and latex. Available in a rainbow of colors, this durable toy can be cleaned with soap and water and stands up to the biting and gnawing that accompanies teething.

What does Oh Plah!™ mean? In French, Oh Plah means “here you go!” Aptly named for those moments all moms experience when baby is fussing and a toy is needed to redirect and entertain – just pull this accessory off the wrist, and “Oh Plah!”

In addition, when your child has outgrown their Oh Plah!™ teething bracelet, the Roundhouse Design Collaborative, the company behind this innovative product, offers a full recycling program. Simply click here to download your free return label to send it back to the company to be recycled. Isn’t that eco-fabulous?!

To purchase an Oh Plah!™ teething bracelet, visit their website.

*Company provided a sample and images for this review.*

To provide soothing relief for your little one’s aching gums while teething, Ringley Natural Teethers offers two teething tools for baby to gum, chomp and drool on! Made of both untreated Canadian Maple and 100% Organic cotton terrycloth, this wonderfully unique teether gives moms peace of mind that what their child puts in their mouth is free of dyes and toxic chemicals. Easy for baby to grip and tug, the Ringley can be used wet or dry, and can easily be carried along in mom’s purse. This gorgeous, all-natural teether is handmade in Toronto, Canada, and is available in knotted or straight designs. $14.99. Purchase online at www.betterbabybums.com/natural-teething.

*Ringley sent a sample for this review.*

Soothe baby’s aching, sore gums with Lifefactory’s new, multi sensory teethers with various nubs, textures, and ribs for your little one to chomp on! Sized perfectly for small hands, but large enough to fit on mom’s wrist while out and about – these brightly colored teethers are free of BPA, Phthalates, Latex, or PVC. For babies who put everything in their mouth at this stage, parents can rest assured that this teether is safe to gum and gnaw upon! Lightweight and made of medical grade silicone, the multi sensory teether comes in 3 bold, stimulating colors and is dishwasher-safe. $6.99. www.lifefactory.com