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Cranky Babies & Teething Blues: Help Is Here!

It’s a natural part of life and we all have to go through it, but teething isn’t something toddlers deal with very well and every parent braces themselves for when “it’s time”. It can be quite painful with some suffering more than others, their young gums haven’t had a chance to toughen up yet and the sensation of cutting teeth is new to them.

Here are a few home remedies to help ease the discomfort and the result may be both you and your baby get some well-needed rest ;).

Keep in mind that there are commercial items you can buy such as topical gels, tablets and baby Tylenol that can help dull the pain, but consult your doctor or pharmacist first for recommendations and ask for what risks (if any) they may pose.

First, how to tell if teething is the problem…



Notice a trend in this list? Chilled items work well, even feeding your child spoonfuls of chilled yogurt or pudding can help. Keep a tub of washcloths and rubber rings in the freezer so you’ll always have one ready during troublesome moments.

What about brandy? Rubbing brandy or other alcohol along the gums is an old wives remedy used for many decades but it is now recognized as unsafe to use on youngsters and no longer advised or recommended.

If your child is suffering for long periods of time and the above remedies don’t help, consult your doctor for a commercial product as advised above. If you have a tried-and-true that isn’t mentioned here, please share in the comments below (a desperate mom or dad will surely be grateful for the tips).