Wednesday, February 20

Natural Alternatives to Orajel

Teething sucks, doesn't it? It's tempting to reach for the Orajel, but it's not necessarily the best option. For one, Orajel can cause numbing of not just the gums, but other areas of the mouth as well (like the tongue, throat, etc), which can lead to babies choking. There's also a rare condition caused by the main ingredient (benzocaine) called methemoglobinemia (it's the reason most pediatricians no longer recommend it).

Second, it isn't natural. I always try to give Carter the natural option first, unless obviously he has a high fever; and if he needed medication for a serious reason then I'd go the medical route as well. But as far as teething went (we're done for now! yay!), I saved Tylenol for the nights that I wanted to rock in a corner and cry, and usually went these options on the less severe days:

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Camilia was my personal favorite. It comes in little tinctures of liquid drops and they are individually packaged which is nice and easy. The Hyland's teething gel worked great as well. The Humphrey's teething tablets I saved until he was a little older because I was nervous he would choke, but you can melt them on a spoon in a little bit of water to give to younger babies. Lots of people like the Hyland's tablets, but we couldn't use them because they contain lactose, so that's why they aren't pictured here. We avoid dairy like the plague in this house now (thanks, allergies).

Homeopathic remedies (like all of those pictures above) work differently in different people, so sometimes you have to try out a couple to see what works best for your baby.

Need some ideas for other teething remedies? Baltic amber teething necklaces are another favorite of mine. Frozen washcloths seem to be a big hit with lots of babies and keeping teething rings/toys in the refrigerator is a genius idea as well.

Here's some evidence of Carter rocking his teething necklace a few months ago:

Share your teething remedies.  Have you tried any of these? How'd they work for you?


Unknown said...

I think it's so awesome you try to choose natural medications! More Mamas should consider it. :) I had no idea about the orajel causing choking - not cool. I will have to remember this stuff when it's baby time for me!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for this, Amy. Basically, I used nothing. I didn't get a lot of sleep and I had a very cranky baby - but I felt that was better than introducing harsh and dangerous chemicals.

I will get a few of these and try them out when teething time comes again. Thanks again!

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

Good to know! Thanks for sharing the options!

Liz @ Here's to Handy Andy said...

Good to know! Thanks for sharing the options!

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