Teething and a cranky baby often go hand-in-hand. The pain, itchy gums, slight fever and constant dribbling is enough to make anyone irritated, and as a parent we’d do anything to make our babies feel better.
The first tool we usually go for is a rubber teether. But sometimes teethers won’t cut it and our babies need a little extra medicinal help to get rid of the awful teething pains.
So we’ve researched and found the best medicinal and homoeopathic teething aids that can help soothe baby.
If you’re unsure about whether your baby is teething or not, here’s advice from our dentist Dr Tania Tanna on spotting the symptoms and what to do when your baby starts to show signs of teething.
We’ve also got some great tips on how to feed a teething baby.
Now see the best teething aids granules and gels available on the market…
1. Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, £5.85 for 24 sachets (7.2g), MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner
Containing Chamomilla, which is good for teething problems that are accompanied by a fever, according to the British Homeopathic Association, these granules can be used from 3 months.
Each box contains 24 sachets, you give baby half a sachet at a time every 2 hours or so, but remember not exceed the maximum dose of 6 sachets during any 24 hour period.
It’s worth noting that these teething granules also contain lactose, so won’t be suitable for lactose intolerant babies.
What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules:
“A timeless product that is a must have for exhausted parents.” Mum of 1, Rachel
“Quite simply, it works wonders. Within seconds of administering these granules, my teething nine months old stops chewing his fists and acting grisly and instead sits happily while moving his mouth around. I suspect it is the texture of the granules that soothes rather than the ingredients, but either way they work for us.” Mum of 2, Catherine
Available from Sainbury’s or Tesco
2. Weleda Chamomilla granules, £5.50 for a bottle (15g)
Containing only two ingredients, sugar and Matricaria chamomilla radix (chamomile root extract) these teething granules are suitable for birth onwards.
The granules can be crushed or dissolved in boiled water for smaller babies and is suitable for vegans as it doesn’t contain lactose.
Weleda’s Chamomilla granules can also help babies with colic, but many of our mums say they work better as a homeopathic teething aid.
Available to buy at Weleda or Holland & Barrett
3. Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for Teething, £7.50 for 30ml
Made with blended oils like Arnica and Chamomile (both relieve inflammation), Sweet Almond (softening) and Spearmint (antiseptic) this teething lotion is suitable to use from 3 months to adulthood.
The oil is applied on the outside of the cheeks of your baby to help calm and sooth the pain. It’s worth noting that a little of this oil goes a long way and one bottle can last up to two months, if used 3-4 times a day.
Available at Organic Monkey and Amazon
4. Boots Pharmaceuticals Teething Pain Relief, £3.99 for 24 sachets (7.2g)
High-street pharmacy Boots has its own brand of teething granules which contain Chamomilla to soothe teething babies.
They work just like name branded teething granules, but are quite a bit cheaper. The Boots version also contain lactose, so won’t be suitable for babies who are intolerant to lactose.
Available at Boots
5. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder, £3.25
Most babies start teething around the same time they start exploring solid foods.
Call it a natural design flaw, but it means that little ones are often fussy eaters when teething, which is understandable.
A way to keep babies snacking and help with teething pains is the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder. You can place a cooled piece of veg or fruit in the mesh feeder bag and they can chew away and massage their gums at the same time.
Available on Amazon or Wilko
6. Chilled Vegetables
Sometimes the simplest solutions work best – and plenty of our mums have told us there’s nothing getting something chilled from the fridge to numb those gums and get your little one feeling better.
“Frozen carrot every time,” says Elizabeth D, while Aebbe S said a cold flannel helped.
Good to have on standby if you can’t get out and about and /or you want to save some cash – worth a try anyway, right?
Available at any good grocery shop
7. Anbesol Liquid, £5.99 for 15 ml
While Anbesol does do a teething gel it’s the liquid that mums prefer to use with teething babies. Kayleigh M told us that Anbesol “works every time for us”, and a number of other mums cite it as their go-to choice for teething troubles.
In fact, this was probably the most-mentioned product in terms for what worked for mums when it came to a teething little one.
And although the liquid can be used for adult teething pain and even denture problems, it is suitable from birth as well. Use every 3 hours to soothe teething woes.
Do note that gels like Anbesol, which contain the anaesthetic ingredient lidocaine, will only be available to buy after talking to your pharmacist from 2019; you won’t just be able to pick them up in the aisles.
New guidance on teething suggests you should try massage or teething toys first (take a look at our article on Are baby teething gels safe?)
Available from: Boots
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