6 Natural Teething Remedies for Baby (That Really Help!)

6 Natural Teething Remedies - that really help

At more than one point in time I have had as many as three children teething in my home. The older children are able to understand what is going on but the baby just doesn’t understand why there is an aching pain in his mouth.

It seems to happen the same way every time. After several days (sometimes weeks) of the baby being irritable and fussy, I noticed a red bulge in baby’s mouth and have the ah-ha moment. Teething, of course! Now all the fussiness and whining makes perfect sense.

Natural Teething Remedies

Teething is hard work and unfortunately it is something we all must go through. Thankfully, most of us don’t remember the pain! But what can you do to help your little one through this milestone?

I’ve found the following teething remedies to work well and give some much needed relief for our children.

1. Cold

Applying something cold to help numb the gums is very effective and soothing for teething pain. There are several easy and virtually free ways to do this with things you probably already have in your home.

  • Partially freeze a clean, wet cloth. Let your little one chew on the cold cloth to help numb the area and reduce swelling.
  • Some children experience a lack of appetite when they are teething. It may help to offer soft, cool foods such as homemade applesauce, chilled pieces of fruit (for older babies already eating solids), and homemade yogurt.
  • Offer your baby an ice cube placed in a securely tied small muslin bag.
  • I am not a fan of mesh baby feeders because they are very difficult to clean, but there are silicone ones available now and they are handy for teething babies. You can put partially frozen fruit (bananas work well) or even breastmilk ice cubes in them to give baby something cold to safely munch on.

2. Apply Pressure

It is often easy to tell when a baby starts teething because they really begin to chew everything, quite similar to a puppy. The counter-pressure seems to help soothe the pain. They chew on fingers, toys, furniture (here is a great tutorial for protecting crib railings), and even siblings!

There is no shortage of options for colorful, soft baby teething toys, but there are certainly some that I would never want my baby to chew on. However, I have found some that I am comfortable with and that are still fun and cute.

  • The most convenient teething tool out there is your own clean hand. If you can stand the gnawing, offer your baby your clean knuckle and he will happily chew away. You might think twice however, if your little one already has teeth. Those little chompers are mighty powerful!
  • Make your own! I bought a maple wooden ring made in the U.S.A. (like this one) and cut several strips of organic knit cotton. The knit doesn’t fray very much so I didn’t even finish the edges. Cut 3 or 4 strips (about 2″ x 10″) and knot each end. Loop it through the ring, fold the strip in half, and tie 2 or 3 over hand knots so that it leaves little tails. Here is a cute one if you don’t want to make it.
  • Haba Toys are made to much stricter European safety standards and offer a colorful array of toys for children and babies.
  • My daughter loves these soft silicone teething toys. They are easy for her to hold but also are shaped in a way that allows her to reach her back gums.
  • No teething toy list would be complete without Sophie the Giraffe. This natural rubber teething toy is irresistible to babies and mommies alike. In fact, it has gained enormous popularity in recent years. Made with natural rubber and food grade paint so it is safe for teething (though the colors do fade over time).

3. Teething Jewelry

Wear a teether! A friend of mine gave me a silicone teething necklace after I had my last baby and I really like it because it is so handy, doesn’t fall on the ground, and it distracts the baby from pulling at my earrings. She also really loves to chew on the soft beads and they are surprisingly cute to wear.

4. Chamomile

Chamomile is naturally calming and helps relax nerves and soothe pain. I am never without chamomile in my home. There are several ways you can use chamomile to soothe teething pain.

  • Tea – make a weak tea and freeze it in ice cube trays. Place a frozen tea cube in a muslin bag and secure it tightly. Now your baby can gnaw on the bag and benefit from the chamomile as the cube melts.
  • Tincture – this is quite easy to make yourself and you can place a drop or two on your finger and rub it onto your baby’s gums to soothe teething pain.
  • Essential Oil – I am very cautious when using essential oils, especially on children, but when they are used correctly and at the proper dilution, essential oils can be a very helpful home remedy. Mix 1 drop of chamomile essential oil into 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil (such as coconut or olive). Rub a small amount on baby’s gums to help relieve pain.

5. Amber Teething Necklace

Amber necklaces have gained a lot of popularity in recent years. The theory is that the warmth of the baby’s body releases the succinic acid found in Baltic amber. Succinic acid can have analgesic properties which help relieve pain in the body. It is difficult to prove one way or another whether these necklaces are effective but there are many, many testimonials and reviews sharing success stories.

It goes without saying that extreme care should be taken when anything is placed around a baby’s neck and they should be removed for sleeping. I personally use an amber necklace for our daughter but it may not be successful for all babies.

6. Topical Pain Relief

  • Homeopathic remedies like Hyland’s Teething Tablets can provide great relief for sore gums. They are readily available in most stores and the active ingredients are safe and natural. At one time there was a recall but the product was reformulated (out of an abundance of caution). You can read about the recall here.
  • For children over the age of 2 you can use clove essential oil. Clove oil has a numbing effect on the gums that studies have shown to work as well as benzocaine. Mix 1 drop of clove oil with 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil (coconut or olive) and rub on the gums a few times a day. This would be helpful for adults with tooth pain as well, just increase the clove oil.

Cutting teeth can be a rough time for both mom (and dad!) and baby, but with a few natural teething remedies like these, it can be much easier and less painful to get through.

Have you tried any of these teething remedies? What remedies have you found to be helpful for teething babies?

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  1. Chamomilla is great and safe as a homeopathic remedy 🙂 comes in granules so super easy to give baby

    • We use chamomilla. Very quick and calming for my baby. Love Sophie the Giraffe too.

  2. Thank you! I’ve used some of your diy posts a while back but this last week we’ve changed our diet thanks to your blog! Needless to say, now I’m obsessed. 🙂 We are dealing with teething in our house right now so this was very timely.
    I read about using 1 tablespoon coconut oil mixed with a drop of lavender EO and rubbing it on the outside of the cheek/jawline. It seemed to help my little one enough last night but I don’t know if it was more from the calming/sleepy effect (although she gets lavender oil every night for bed and hasn’t been helping during teething, although this was right on her face) and the massaging of the gums from the cheek.

  3. Hazelwood necklaces also work great! It’s what I’ve used on both of my children with great success- once I finally clued into the “they’re teething” diagnosis lol and put a hazelwood necklace on them there was never anymore fussiness. In fact a new lil pearly white would actually break through before I’d even realize they teething again. Hazelwood, which has now been proven to have anti-inflammatory compounds, absorbs the acid produced when teething. The wood is very light in color when placed on the skin and within a couple weeks you see it has turned noticeably dark, once it turns almost black, it’s time to replace it.
    These necklaces can also be used for a variety of other conditions too, eczema, heartburn, arthritis…..

    • Hi where to get a hazel wood necklace

      • Pure Hazelwood.com – great company I’ve purchased from myself –

  4. We love Camilia. It really takes the edge off.

    • This was my favorite teething remedy, too, the homeopathic remedy Camilla (in liquid form).

  5. We love our silicone teething necklaces!

  6. Can I ask why clove oil is only okay for babies over 2?

  7. Rats! dealing with 2 yo teething now, and I gave him ibuprophen:( Should have thought to try something natural.

  8. Camilia has worked for both my kids too. And very safe.

  9. I found that cold drinks helps soothe the pain and my baby in dealing with teething.

  10. I wanted to comment on the remineralizing your teeth post, but there isn’t a comment box at the end. On your last post you said I believe your Father or father-in-law healed an absessed tooth with diligent efforts for a number of months. What exactly did he do and wasn’t his absess terribly painful? What did he do to deal with the pain while he was working on healing his tooth? I’m assuming you can heal a root canal then as well what would you recommend doing for that?

    • I’ve removed comments on older posts because I just truly don’t have the time to keep up with them anymore… that’s why there wasn’t a comment box there. He did oil pulling twice a day, brushed with charcoal, and took all of the recommended vitamins. The pain stopped after a couple of days but it took much longer to start reversing.

  11. Did he add anything to his oil pulling. I add the charcaol to my oil and do oil pulling, but should they be done separate?

    Thanks so much for getting back with me! So what are all the recommended vitamins beside FCLO? Also did he just do veggies no fruits, organic meat, organ meat, bone broth and stuff like that? I have a daughter who I just took to the dentist last week and they said she needs 2 root canals. That seriously blows my mind she is only 10 and it makes me sick to my stomach. I just wonder if I can work to reverse this or sometimes feel like it’s hopeless and that I’m just going to have to get them done.

  12. HI Katy,

    Thank you so much for this information! I was looking to get some of the teething toys you recommended and I was checking out the teething ring you linked from amazon. I was just wondering if there was any reason you specifically recommended that one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U6T3106/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=wellnessmama-20&linkId=69324a658e3b17b7d0856875ac843e4e? The bunny ears on the one you recommended are cotton but not organic and the maple wood is treated. There is another that is fully organic cotton with 100% untreated maple wood https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GJGA9Q4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&th=1 —-Thoughts?

  13. I was just reading this and not sure if you want to update or maybe leave a warning but teething tablets/gels with Belladonna in them can cause seizures. The FDA even put a warning out on Hyland’s.

    • The FDA put out a warning because they don’t want people using natural products. They suggest that we use baby Tylenol and Advil instead which can cause other serious long term effects. Again big Pharma. And we’re not interested. Which is probably why most of us are on this page. lol

  14. The given home remedies are helpful to find a holistic treatment.

  15. Hylands teething tablets were recalled, so I wouldn’t use those.

  16. Hylands tablets are NOT SAFE. They have been recalled multiple times for containing unregulated amounts of belladonna, aka “deadly nightshade.” Babies have suffered seizures and paralysis from ingesting this. Please do not promote the use of these tablets!

  17. Hyland’s just recalled their homeopathic tablets again so I guess their precaution was not abundant enough after the first recall. I would stay away from drugs in general, even homeopathic ones.

  18. My daughter has used the Baa Baa amber beads 24/7 since she was 8 months old (now 6yrs old) as she had incredible pain when teething, especially the top teeth. Almost as soon as the beads were put on she no longer had pain and new teeth were only discovered when my fingers were pulling foreign objects out of her mouth. Also, sore throats are rarely complained about even with inflamed tonsils. Amber beads work for us, scientific studies aren’t the ‘be all and end all’ … especially when most scientists admit “they don’t know everything”.

  19. The natural rubber Sofie giraffe has been getting a bad rap recently due to the discovery of mold growing growing inside the toy.
    I’m not confident that cleaning it would make it completely safe.
    Thoughts…?

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