We all remember the inevitable period of chewing, crying, sleepless nights, fussiness and chewing (did I say that twice?) known as teething. My daughter, personally, loves anything she can get her toothy, little gums on (my car keys, necklace, fingers, important papers, etc.). As parents, it can be frustrating. We always hear from well-meaning friends and relatives about different “tried-and-true” ways to alleviate the pain of a budding new tooth, but what exactly is the best thing?
One of my go-to favorites are the standard, water-filled teething rings you can pop in the freezer. They stay cold to help soothe, and when frozen they provide a nice pressure on the gums. Although, when thawing, they condensate and can cause a mess. They come in a wide variety and can be found anywhere for next to no money.
The Infantino Massaging Grape or Strawberry Teether is my personal favorite. They look really cute (who could resist grapes or a strawberry?) and have a very distracting spinning bug on the plastic handle. It’s perfectly shaped for little hands. Great for long shopping trips. The teething part has a rubber coating on it and only vibrates when pressure is applied from both top and bottom, as when biting. No wasted batteries! Added bonus, it’s easy to clean. You can find it at Wal-Mart and other retailers for around six dollars. I find that anything rubber and textured, babies love! I have also seen mesh teethers, but I have never used them. I hear from a lot of people that they work great, but it seems like a hassle. You put frozen fruit in them and they chew it through the mesh. Too much mess!
When it comes to teething tablets, always ask your pediatrician first. If he/she gives you the green light, I would suggest Little Teethers Homeopathic Teething Tablets by Little Remedies (considering the recall of Hyland’s Teething Tablets). My daughter loves the taste and she feels instantly better. I would suggest crushing them before using, because they dissolve faster and stay where you want them, instead of being swallowed. I have tried Baby Orajel Instant Pain Relief Teething Swabs, but they are messy and babies tend to not like the taste, nor the feeling of numbness. Same goes for the Baby Orajel Teething Gel.
There are plenty of options, but from experience, these work (or don’t work), and you have to find the one, or many that you and your little one enjoy. Hopefully it won’t be long before you see that long-awaited “prize” at the end of that gummy tunnel.