6 Natural Teething Remedies

Teething… UGH! The lack of sleep, the crankiness, and the biting. Ouch! It can be painful for the baby… AND the entire family.

But, we don’t have to be victims. Here are six natural remedies that will ease teething pain and restore sanity to your house.

  1. Frozen things
    You can freeze everything from teethers, to wet washcloths, to carrots and celery. All of them can numb aching gums.
  2. Mesh teething feeder
    This overachieving device not only introduces babies to new flavors but it serves as a great teether, particularly if left in the fridge or freezer. I like putting ice and breast milk cubes in this contraption.
  3. Amber necklace
    It seems like voodoo but many swear by these necklaces. As your baby wears the amber, her body heat releases the succinic acid which has anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties.
  4. Homeopathic remedies
    Rather than busting out the Orgel or baby Motron, why not first try homeopathic remedies? I like this homeopathic cocktail: Boiron Camilia (2 daily doses), Natra-Bio Children’s Teething (1 daily dose), and Humphreys (3 pellets at night). This has significantly reduced his night wakings. YAY!
  5. Facial massage
    If you’re baby is game, rub his face, jaw and gums in a circular motion. Sometimes they’ll resist but other times it hits the spot. You might notice that your baby “self massages” by rubbing her jaw against her mattress or pulling her ears while nursing.
  6. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
    While not a favorite yet here in our household, I include Sophie because she has a 4 ½ star rating on Amazon by over 1,200 parents! Clearly, she’s a working for many. I also love that she’s made with 100% natural rubber and food paint.

So those are the remedies that I recommend. What’s worked for you? Please share with a comment, and if I get enough tips, I’ll make a follow up video about it. Thanks and… hope you’re getting some sleep!

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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47 Comments

  1. Amber January 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    I’m wondering why you do the “Natra-Bio” and the “Bioron”. My baby can’t have citric acid so I can’t do the Natra-Bio. Would it still work you think to do just the Bioron?

    I was thinking about getting gel too for those quick times when my baby just needs something extra. Thoughts? I also can’t seem to find Humphry’s anywhere.

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  3. Jessica July 30, 2013 at 11:58 am

    With our two boys I really only did tylenol, I didn’t know as much then as I did with our 3rd. She wore the amber necklace and had a Sophie. WORLD of difference between her and the boys when it came to teething.

  4. Michelle L.S. May 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I know this is an old video but I wanted to share that if people using the amber necklace are weary to allow their baby to sleep with it, wrap it around his/ her ankle instead for bed times. That way they still get the benefits without having the choking hazards. :)

  5. Jess @ Crunchy Hot Mama April 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    I LOVE the amber teething necklace and swear by them! Baby girl is getting her 2nd molars in and since she wanted the necklace off a few months ago, I was on the hunt to find that puppy! This mama was about to lose it but luckily found it in the nick of time. Be careful of cheap duplicates and be ready to pay for some teething relief. I will say I have been lucky in that she doesn’t even pay attention to the necklace so I leave it on her at all times especially while sleeping. I did a post on the necklaces and how wonderful they are: http://crunchyhotmama.com/2012/02/09/amber-is-the-color-of-your-energy/

    Thanks Mama N for showing different options on natural teething relief :)

  6. Jenna February 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I would be weary with the rubber teether… Latex allergies run rampant in my family. My mother used to be an operating room nurse and had to get out of the field because it became life threatening – the kicker, it is an exposure allergy. So the MORE you are exposed to it, the more likely you are to develop an allergy and the worse your reactions will become. She has literally died several times and had to be revived because of this allergy and I myself am becoming highly sensitive to it. I wouldn’t expose a child to it any more than they already are in every day life… But that is just because I know it runs in my family as well and with my luck – my children would be just as apt to have issues with it… Just my thoughts. That said – it is natural – use what you feel works. Like Genevieve says – it is important for you to make informed decisions that are best for your individual needs and family…
    :D

  7. Melissa February 3, 2012 at 2:40 am

    Catnip tea is great. I make a tea with Organic Catnip herb…yes the herb you give kitty cats. :) It aids in calming inflammation and gently inducing sleep. 2 tsp cat nip to 1 cup boiled water. I then pour 4 ounces of tea to 4 ounces of room temp water to dilute, I add a smidge of maple syrup too.

  8. Val01 November 12, 2011 at 9:44 am

    That is really good idea, enjoy what you’ve doing and thanks a lot for the information, more publishing, looking forward for the next review.
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  9. hunterX0506 November 7, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Until a friend visited our place and told me that the baby was munching the wood bars on the crib which I painted pink. | :P
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    • Genevieve November 8, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      LOL! Classic. Wood is definitely appealing for sore gums. One of Griffin’s favorite “teethers” is my wooden citrus squeezer.

  10. Morgan01 November 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    . It was just enough on her gums but eventually she could gnaw it down to have a nice mushy snack too.
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    • Ally December 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      That’s an ingenious way of tihinnkg about it.

  11. cosgrovemiranda October 19, 2011 at 3:35 am

    Good baby stay to be a patient and always be a good person.
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  12. lalingwelna October 17, 2011 at 2:55 am

    My niece was always this stomach ache attack every afternoon, we never know what was the reason on it. Until a friend visited our place and told me that the baby was munching the wood bars on the crib which I painted pink. right there and then we instantly know the culprit of her stomach ache.
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  13. Spears October 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I think it’s about proper dosages/usage and this can be in partnership with a homeopathic practitioner or strong word of mouth/experience from other mamas. Ultimately, just like everything else, parents need to make informed choices for their family.
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  15. jango September 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I don’t believe that belladonna is a “toxin” for children as the FDA claims, since it’s been used for hundreds of years, in a variety of different ways for infants. | :P
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    • Genevieve September 27, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      I agree. It’s about proper dosage and good sourcing.

  16. biancaqueen September 17, 2011 at 1:55 am

    However I gave him those rubber teether ,he still cries and makes us all so moody. But anyway I will try this one that you recommend, hope he gets sidetrack by the beautiful colors.
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  17. Cynthia September 14, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Great tips.. I will share this to my sister.. My niece is having this problem.. I love to help them.. Thanks for the post!
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    • Genevieve September 14, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Aw, what a good auntie you are ;). Hope they help her. Camilia works the best IMHO.

  18. cookiesncream5 September 14, 2011 at 2:37 am

    The concentrations in the homeopathic remedies is ultra low, in fact, the lower, the more potent (I know, strange, but that’s how it works).
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    • Genevieve September 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

      It is strange how it works… a mystery to me but I do know they have worked wonderfully well for me and Griff!

  19. Marlina September 13, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    My pediatrician told a story about a very colicky baby she had a as patient. Nothing would sooth the child. One day the mom came in and her baby was sleeping peacefully.
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  20. Daisy August 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Nice. Amber necklace looks good but I worry it may choked the child.
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    • Genevieve August 29, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      Yes, I let Griffin wear but supervised by me :).

    • amy January 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

      I put my son’s necklace on so quick that he doesn’t even notice it’s on. He’s been wearing it for 5 weeks. The necklace should be worn under clothes and against the skin. When he sleeps, I put it on his ankle, under his pajamas or leg warmers. Works great!

    • Jessica November 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I have used to amber necklace for my child since he was 3 months old. He doesn’t even know it’s there…I never take it off him.

  21. Barb July 8, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I would urge caution when purchasing homeopathic teething remedies. Make sure to look at and research the ingredients carefully. My pediatrician told a story about a very colicky baby she had a as patient. Nothing would sooth the child. One day the mom came in and her baby was sleeping peacefully. The pediatrician asked her what changed, and the mom said teething drops. One of the ingredients as belladonna, as in deadly nightshade. It could have knocked out a racehorse!
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    • Genevieve July 8, 2011 at 11:32 am

      Yes, there is definitely controversy with belladonna for children. In fact, this is what spurred the FDA to put pressure on Hyland who recalled their teething tablets since they contain belladonna.

      However, I don’t believe that belladonna is a “toxin” for children as the FDA claims, since it’s been used for hundreds of years, in a variety of different ways for infants. I think it’s about proper dosages/usage and this can be in partnership with a homeopathic practictioner or strong word of mouth/experience from other mamas. Ultimately, just like everything else, parents need to make informed choices for their family.

    • Nikki July 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm

      Homeopathy is a strange but very interesting and effective science. The concentrations in the homeopathic remedies is ultra low, in fact, the lower, the more potent (I know, strange, but that’s how it works). Check it out sometime, I’ve had some relief from chronic pain using homeopathy.

      • Genevieve July 10, 2011 at 9:12 pm

        I know! It is a mystery. I’m sold on homeopathy! It’s helped me with a many of things :).

  22. Nikki June 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

    What do you think about Hyland’s? They have pellets and gel.

    • Genevieve June 14, 2011 at 6:12 am

      I can’t get my hands on any pellets since the recall. I heard they worked great. I did buy the gel. Haven’t used it yet. I don’t really worry about their safety as I’m sure they are extra careful since the recall.

  23. Nikki June 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Do you worry about the amber necklace being a choking or strangulation hazard?

    • Genevieve June 14, 2011 at 6:10 am

      Hi Nikki… I watch him with it and don’t let him nap or sleep wearing the necklace. My mom worries about it so he doesn’t wear when she’s babysitting :).

    • Melissa Fox January 11, 2014 at 5:26 am

      The amber necklace’s have an easy release if there is pressure put on it, it will come un done. My son has been wearing his since he was at least 2 1/2 months old (he’s now 5 months old) and we’ve never had a problem, it seems like he doesn’t even realize it’s there. I also co-sleep with him so I’m with him while he sleeps at night but he never grabs at it. Their little chunky necks help hold it in place ;)

  24. Becca June 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I used to give the munchkin I nannied frozen waffles. She loved them. It was just enough on her gums but eventually she could gnaw it down to have a nice mushy snack too.

    • Genevieve June 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

      I’ve heard mini bagels work great too. I’ve done carrots and celery sticks too. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Elisabeth@SimpleGreenishLiving June 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I don’t really have anything new to add but I just wanted to say how much our little guy LOVES Sophie the Giraffe! At first glance the thing seems a little spendy, but I just want to encourage parents that it is worth every penny!
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    • Genevieve June 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

      Good to hear Elisabeth as I kinda baulked at price but the reviews were so remarkable. Griff has been playing with more in the last few days which makes me happy :).

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