5 Best Teething Gels To Tackle Your Child's Teething Discomfort
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Teething — teeth coming through the gums — is a frustrating time for both parents and their babies. For some babies, teething can be painless but for others, it is an uncomfortable experience that disrupts their sleep and leads them to feel irritated. There are ways to curb this problem; from over-the-counter remedies to natural teething alternatives, we’re here to help! In this article, we share 5 best teething gel that parents have recommended, as well as some natural remedies. Read away!
When your little one is in discomfort, rubbing a soothing gel over his or her gums may help.
Where to get: Guardian
Item code: Item Code: 000940
Suitable for: Babies from birth
How much: $7.15 / 15g
Why it’s great: It’s suitable for babies from birth, is sugar-free and helps to eliminate possible infections. Also, it’s actually pretty pleasant tasting for your little ones. But most importantly, it works! Although it’s not exactly organic, it has served mums and dads well. If you’re seeking for an organic option, skip over to the next product!
Suitable for: Please check leaflet for more details
How much: Retailing at $17.90 (but some sites sell them cheaper at $16.10, see links above) / 10 pods
Why it’s great: One is from the fact that they’re being sold out so quickly! But the main reason is that it’s effective and made from natural ingredients — coconut oil, clove oil and stevia — which provides soothing gum relief. Mums and dads call them a “lifesaver”. Some of them even use it to soothe their bad toothaches!
Furthermore, it’s free from synthetic flavors, dyes, alcohol and especially Benzocaine which can cause a rare but sometimes fatal condition called methemoglobinemia.
One downside: it does wear off fairly quickly but it does work great during times of need.
Where to get: Baby Central
Suitable for: For babies aged 3 months and over (please do not give it to babies below 3 years old)
How much: $14.29 (10% off if you’re a member) / 15g
Why it’s great: A natural remedy that has a soothing element. Say goodbye to your baby’s sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and the dribbling that comes with teething. Mums say it has calmed their little one down in less than a minute after application.
Besides, it comes in little sachets! A downside to it is that when you peel off the top, the product might come out right away. But otherwise, it’s a highly recommended product, according to mums!
To take note: Contains Ethanol (please see leaflet for more information). Like any other product, parents’ have advised using this in moderation. Besides, you don’t need a lot of it to see the effects.
Where to get: Guardian
Item code: 160394
Suitable for: Infants over 4 months old
How much: $5.70 / 10g
Why it’s great: With good things, you don’t need much — just a pea-size amount is sufficient to be applied onto your baby’s gums.
Apart from rapidly relieving teething pain in infants, this antiseptic pain-relieving oral gel will also ease discomfort from mouth ulcers, cold sores, and denture irritation. Super multi-purposeful! And extremely wallet-friendly as well.
Where to get: Motherswork (currently out of stock, please check back again)
Suitable for: Infants and children (For infants under 4 months, please check with your doctor)
How much: $10.80
Why it’s great: There’s no fluoride, which stems from the “fluo”. That means that it is safe to swallow, which happens a lot after application of the gel. Apart from providing temporary relief to sore gums due to teething in infants and children, it also relieves canker sores and minor irritations of the mouth!
As much as teething gels do help to ease your little one’s discomfort, they are not really recommended by experts.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned parents against a harmful ingredient that’s present in some teething gels — Benzocaine. Benzocaine is an active ingredient in teething gels such as Baby Orajel and could cause “a rare but sometimes fatal condition called methemoglobinemia”.
Apparently, Methemoglobinemia is a disorder which greatly reduces the amount of oxygen carried through the bloodstream.
If you’re still positive about using teething gels, the FDA recommends using these over-the-counter drugs only on children older than 2 years old.
Also, do check with the doctor before usage. According to Dr. Natalie Epton, a specialist paediatrician and neonatologist at SBCC Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, an excessive amount could cause difficulties in your baby swallowing their saliva (due to the weakening of their gag reflex).
“This may increase the risk of gagging or choking,” she said.
Tip: Always check the labelling of the product and read the instructions very carefully. If it strikes you as misleading, always clarify with your physician or healthcare professional.
Besides, there are safer alternatives out there that are natural so you don’t put your little ones at such risks. They help to reduce pain and inflammation all the same.
Here are some fabulous tips from mums!
Barley has natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is super easy to make.
First, soak 1 cup of barley overnight and then cook the barley with 2 1/3 cups of water for about 15 minutes. After which, drain the excess cooking water and save. Once it has cooled, you can rub some on inflamed gums.
– R. Gosh
Try out some home remedies like chilled bananas, rubbing clove oil on the gums, and ice slush!
Our little ones have preferences. They might prefer things like teething rings and teething toys.
I give my son anything that he likes. Frozen fruits and Vegetables help.
– Hsieh Ni
As much as chewing on chilled fruit or vegetables may help, do take note that teething biscuits (or rusks) should be avoided as they contain sugar. They should only be offered to kids that have started eating solids.
Do also avoid teething rings with liquid inside and ensure that they are big enough so that your baby does not swallow them accidentally. If you pop them in the fridge, chill them but not in the freezer.
You could try freezing the teething rings. My daughter enjoys it a lot.
Another easy alternative is to massage your baby’s gums, using a clean finger. There are even teething toothbrushes out there, which you can find in Kiddy Palace, to help alleviate the discomfort, according to Stephanie Goh, a mum.
Designed for mums to wear, they are handy for any time your little ones need something to chew on to ease the discomfort in their gums.
- Never rub alcohol on your baby’s gums
- You should never place an aspirin against their tooth
- Never tie a teething ring around a baby’s neck or any other body part — it could get caught on something and strangle the baby.
- Dry their drool. This will help to prevent any skin irritation. Always keep a clean cloth around to dry your baby’s chin. You could also consider applying a moisturiser such as a water-based cream or lotion.
- A cool tip for mums who are still breastfeeding:
If you are still breastfeeding, try freezing your breast milk into a pacifier with its case. It’s economical and nutritious! 🙂 Otherwise, you may substitute milk for yoghurt or formula.
If not, turn it into a breastmilk-popsicle and you’re good to go! The cold will definitely help to relieve the pain.