Teething is never fun – Here are FIVE simple natural remedies

Mandy, Midwife at The Baby Academy

Teething can sometimes catch you and your little one out…one day they are happy and in a perfect routine, the next, you’re both a hot, grumpy mess! If you’re not certain whether it’s teething or not, try these home remedies.

  1. A cold spoon

Chill a metal teaspoon in the fridge for a few hours.  When the spoon is cool, gently rub the back of the spoon against your baby’s gum.

2. Massage

Gum massage is a simple way to help your baby. Firstly, make sure your hands are completely clean. Then, sit with your baby and gently rub in a circular motion all along the gum line on the inside of your baby’s mouth.

3. An icy cold flannel

Soak three-quarters of a clean flannel in cooled boiled water. Keep one end dry for your baby to hold on to. Wring it out and fold it carefully making sure you don’t get the dry end wet. Pop it into a freezer-safe bag and put it in your freezer for an hour or two, then help your baby to hold onto the dry part and let them chew! Remember to launder flannels in-between times as wet washcloths harbour germs.

4. A frozen baby bottle

Fill a baby bottle with water and freeze it upside down so the water is in the teat and then let your baby chew on the cold teat.

5. Bathtime

If all else fails, bathtime can be the distraction that relaxes your baby and takes their minds off the discomfort for a little bit. Having a suitable anti-mold bath toy, to chew on while in the bath can also help to relieve some of the discomforts of their gums