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Teething Signs & Home Remedies for 0-12 Months Babies

Megha Chawla
0 to 1 years

Created by Megha Chawla
Updated on Jun 14, 2019

Teething Signs Home Remedies for 0 12 Months Babies

When my daughter was teething, I tried every trick I heard or read about to get my cranky, irritated and drooling 8- months-old infant to go off to sleep. When all failed, I rushed her to her pediatrician to check if there was an SOS or a ‘natural’ painkiller I could give to comfort her, only to hear that teething is a natural process and should not be controlled or intervened with a painkiller. [Know - When Can Babies Start Teething?]

So, I was back home and braced myself for the countless nights, pacing the floors across rooms, bouncing her in my arms and frantically looking for solutions, while some of my other friends with babies of the same age, just said hello to their baby’s pearly whites without a fuss.

Common Teething Signs & Symptoms

Teething time can be overwhelming both for the baby and the parents. It is synonymous with crankiness, refusal to eat, and lots of wailing and crying. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. Fussiness, whining crying and irritability
  2. Red Cheeks
  3. Swollen or sore gums
  4. Biting 
  5. Chewing
  6. Loss of appetite
  7. Ear pulling 
  8. Drooling
  9. Discomfort in sleeping

Some amount of patience and a few natural remedies can simplify the process and make it smoother for you and your baby.

Teething Natural Remedies in 0-12 Months Babies

I decided to go with what my pediatrician told me, ‘Keep it natural’. So, here is my list of natural remedies I tried to ease my daughter’s pain and help her get a good sleep.

Gum Massage

Try gentle gum massage. All you need is a clean finger dipped in cold water or a wet gauze pad. Massage in a circular motion, applying a little pressure all the while, for 2 minutes at a time. This will break down the gum tissue and soothe the baby. If one starts massaging the baby’s gums from day one, it will definitely make the teething much easier for the little one. Just be prepared for the occasional nibble. A word of caution- Avoid the use of gum paint or gel as there are questions about how safe these products are. It’s best to consult a doctor before using them. You may like Tips to Soothe Teething Process for your babies

Deal with Crankiness

Try and identify the fuss and discomfort coming from pain. Never ignore the crankiness. Try and distract the baby by talking or reading her favorite book.

Maintain Bedtime Routine

Maintaining the baby’s usual sleep routine, especially when the baby is fussy is very important, as this will help ensure that she is getting the required rest and relaxation. 

Feed Soft Foods

One can minimize gum irritation and soreness by feeding soft food, especially during the night. Foods like mashed and pureed vegetables, fruits and milk are great to be given at night.

Organic Teethers

Though there are plenty available in the market, do not go by the fancy shapes only. Always look for teethers that read BPA, Silicone, PVC, Phthalates, and Nitrosamine free. Look for natural, organic teethers that are 100% free of chemicals, dyes, synthetic or silicone. Look for more eco-friendly options such as organic cotton or wooden spoons or teethers.

Breastfeeding 

Breast milk is full of natural painkillers, so there is nothing better than breastfeeding a teething baby to relieve him from his pain. If a teething baby refuses to feed, try expressing the milk both to maintain the production of milk and relieve his pain. Expressed milk can be fed with a spoon or open cup to avoid sucking, which is sometimes painful during teething.

Amber Teething Necklaces 

Some of my friends used these extensively. The Amber beads of the necklace apparently have Succinic acid which is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and also calms the nervous system.  A word of caution here- The necklace should be worn by the baby for a short length so that the baby cannot easily grab and pull the necklace and also not to be worn at night. Also because the beads have healing properties of their own, it’s best to wrap these around the baby’s ankle and cover it with a sock to keep it warm against the baby’s skin. 

Chewable Toys

Look for good quality wooden toys—these are safe and gnawing on them can soothe the aching gums as textured surfaces tend to offer more relief. However, for safety sake, look for toys which don’t have small parts that could break off and pose a choking hazard.

Cold/ Frozen Stuff

Chilling your baby’s sore gums can provide some numbing action, which in turn can ease the pain and irritation. Some of the things that work wonders are-

  • If the baby is a little older you can also soak the washcloth in chamomile tea for more comfort
  • A chilled wooden or silver spoon big enough to be gnawed on by your little one
  • A frozen popsicle made of breast milk or formula milk
  • Frozen food - Frozen bananas, apple, slices, peaches, oranges, etc

Vegetables 

Both washed fresh or frozen vegetables are great options as teethers- natural alternatives to the store-bought teethers.  Some of the best veggies to use are- Refrigerated cucumber, pineapple. Pineapple has a great anti-inflammatory enzyme that helps sooth swelling. When using refrigerated chunks of vegetables or fruits, wrap them in a muslin cloth to minimize the chances of the child biting off a big chunk off them and choking on them. [Must Know - Which Foods to Avoid When Baby is Teething?]

Invest in Fresh Food Mesh

These are great, especially once your child’s first four teeth come in and he can bite small, chokable pieces of anything. Mesh is a great solution as it allows you to put food ( cut fruits and veggies) frozen or otherwise into a little mesh bag so that baby can only suck or eat small juicy portions without you worrying about him choking.

Miracle Remedies from Kitchen

Soothe those gums by rubbing a thin slice of gingerroot on his gums. You can also ground some cloves, mix it with water to make a paste and then apply it on the gums.  If you want to go simple, then just apply clove oil or almond oil on the gums.

Sippy Cups - Once your baby is 6 months or older, sippy cups can be great companions, fill these with cold water for them to suck for comfort.
Teething time can be overwhelming both for the baby and the parents. Just keep calm, keep different things handy and keep trying different things to see which works best at what stage and remember teething won’t last forever. Here’s hoping you all see those pearly whites pop up sooner.

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Happy Teething moments!

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| Jun 14, 2019

hi Mera baby 6th month mein run kr Chuka hai Kiya main use kuch khilana start KR sakti hu

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| Jun 22, 2018

hi everyone kindly suggest me salty liquid food recipe. because my 6 month old son does not like sweet things & cannot eat semi solids

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| Jun 22, 2018

hi everyone kindly suggest me salty liquid food recipe. because my 6 month old son does not like sweet things & cannot eat semi solids

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| Sep 15, 2017

tilsmi moti is bullshit.. no use of trying it.. believ me

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| May 25, 2017

Can someone help me to know what is tilsmi moti use for teething and how it could be used

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| May 22, 2017

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| May 18, 2017

calcerea phosphate 6x 2, tabs thrice a day and dhikamali powder ( rs 10/-) with breast milk applying it on gums is also effective. I am also trying tilsmi moti necklace . ( rs 18/-) all of these are available at any chemist n in my experience work better than teethers, I am using dried anjeer as a teether

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| Nov 02, 2016

whats the homeo med called?? does it help?

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| Sep 01, 2016

my son is 5 months old and teething. i am giving him homeopathic medicine. but it is for satisfaction. he put his fist, fingers in his mouth.

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| Aug 24, 2016

hi I have twins my thy are 13 months both my son and daughter are showing up teeth each ,but since 2 days my sin is nt taking milk like before he is very cranky in eating he use to take milk only nw tat also he doesn't wants to have I try to feed him cereal n or things but tats difficult ...is it coz of teething he nth taking milk coz otw h seems to be normal???

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| Aug 08, 2016

Hii my baby is 21 months old and she puts her fingers in her mouth frequently.. Is that bad for her teeth.. ?

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| Jul 17, 2016

my 11 month has not shown his teeth yet. is it worrting

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| Jun 24, 2016

You can start homeopathic medicine for teething at 3 months

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| Jun 01, 2016

very goid info.. as I m baby is in teething period.. n I was luking for it.. thanks for info.. I will definitely try some of them

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hello farida. .. from which month this homeopathic medicine for teething should be given. ..

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hello farida. .. from which month this homeopathic medicine for teething should be given. ..

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hello farida. .. from which month this homeopathic medicine for teething should be given. ..

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hello farida. .. from which month this homeopathic medicine for teething should be given. ..

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hello farida. .. from which month this homeopathic medicine for teething should be given. ..

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hello farida. .. from which month this homeopathic medicine for teething should be given. ..

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| Apr 23, 2016

Hello farida. .. from which month this homeopathic medicine for teething should be given. ..

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| Apr 19, 2016

Which brand sippy cups is gud... cups r leaking

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| Nov 27, 2015

Hi my son is 8 month old. I want to start with sipper. which brand will be good and not leaking?

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| Nov 20, 2015

My baby girl is 7 months but she still din got her tooth

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| Nov 17, 2015

Hi Mahalakshmi, that is great 2 teeth in 3rd month is good news don't worry because she is too young, you should just stick to messaging the gum regularly, also breastfeed her as much as you can as its got natural pain killers. You can also give her a wet, cold washcloth to gnaw on so that she gets distracted and not try to bite her tongue and she also will get a lot of relief from the cooling

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| Nov 17, 2015

Hi my baby has 2 teeth in 3rd month itself .. She is trying to bite her toungue and unable to hold teether. shez soo cranky.. any suggestions plzzz..

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| Nov 16, 2015

homoeopathic medicine BC 21 of schwabe company also works wonders for teething. Child barely faces any of the problems that are mentioned above

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