There are a host of different remedies that can help your baby through the discomfort of teething. From DIY home solutions to innovative chew toys, you have a so many options to consider when looking for ways to console a fussy baby.
Many doctors recommend easy remedies that you can easily whip up at home. One common solution for teething discomfort is using a cool washcloth to massage a baby’s swollen gums. If your baby is old enough to eat solids, you can freeze fruit slices to give to your baby as snacks after leaving them to thaw for several minutes. For babies that are just starting out with eating solids, you can alternate thawed out frozen fruits with chilled yogurt or applesauce.
The market also has several options to help teething babies. On top of giving your baby something cool to help reduce the swelling of their gums, you can also give your baby a food-grade silicone chew toy so they can have something to gnaw on. There are also chew toys that you can fill them up with water that can then chilled in the fridge before use.
On the look-out for natural teething remedies, some parents might be tempted to give homeopathic teething tablets a try. This, however, has been highly discouraged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to a statement dated September 30, 2016, the FDA has found significant evidence that these homeopathic teething products can lead to seizures, vomiting, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, lethargy, and confusion.
The most popular brand of teething tablets from a company called Hyland’s has been found to contain small amounts of belladonna or deadly nightshade. Belladonna is commonly used in regulated doses to curb symptoms of conditions like Parkinson’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. While it certainly has medical benefits, as the lawyers of Williams Kherkher put it, it’s hard to imagine how they could be safe to use in products meant for infants and small children.