Has teething hit anyone else's home hard this week? We've been battling non-stop tears, chewing on everything, and suddenly, my awesome sleeper is waking up 2-3 times per night crying. It's always so sad to see our children hurting, especially when it's something that we can't do much about to relieve, isn't it? Luckily, we've found a bunch of ways to try to relieve teething pain, without going straight to the medicine cabinet for some baby ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
The first way that I've found to help relieve some of that pain from teething is a Baltic amber teething necklace. My little guy, Baby J, wears one all day, every day, and has since he was 3 months old. I swear by it. He's only had medication to help with his teething a handful of times because I really think this does the job of helping with the pain and the drooling. Contrary to the popular belief, a baby does not put the amber necklace into his/her mouth to get pain relief. The Baltic amber releases something called sussenic acid, which works as a natural pain reliever as it's absorbed into the skin.
Another way I've found to relieve teething pain for my little guy is with stuff called Punkin Butt Teething Oil. I've gotten mine from Zoolikins in Old Town Scottsdale. It's a natural pain reliever that has a variety of oils, including clove oil, peppermint oil, and chamomile, to help numb the gums for a temporary time, giving some relief for little ones.
During teething time, Baby J also really loves frozen peas. It sounds disgusting, but he loves them more than any other snack! He'll chomp on a whole bowl of frozen peas and it's nice to know that they're helping to numb his gums and also get another serving of veggies into him. I also love that being that peas are already in bite-sized pieces, the likelihood of him choking are slim, even though I'm always watching him while he eats. I've heard ice cream also does wonders for a teething baby (and a tired, cranky mama!).
Of course, there are the tried and true methods of relieving teething pain like frozen washcloths, teethers, and just letting a little one chomp on a toothbrush, but these were some new ways that other mamas had shared with me that really work in our home. Does anyone else have any other ways to help with teething pain? If you're dealing with it too, best of luck and know that we're ALL looking forward to when those teeth come in!