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What are some home remedies for teething babies?

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One home remedy for a teething baby is to bundle ice in a dishtowel and have the baby suck on the towel, says HowStuffWorks. The baby should not suck directly on the ice because that can harm the gums.

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What are some home remedies for teething babies?
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Another home remedy is to let the baby gnaw on a cold, wet dishcloth, according to HowStuffWorks. Putting a spoon in the refrigerator for a few hours and letting the baby experience the cold metal on his gums also helps. Using a finger to rub soft pressure gently on the gums is another home remedy.

Distraction is another home solution, states HowStuffWorks. Toys, rocking, dancing and peekaboo can all be effective, as can chewing. Items for chewing do need to be clean, safe, and not choking or swallowing hazards. Regularly sized carrots, bananas, bagels and apple wedges in a washcloth are all good objects for gumming, but they do need to be cold, such as from the refrigerator,

Pain relievers aimed for children can help at bedtime or as a last resort, says HowStuffWorks; however, they should not be used more than three times in 24 hours. Amounts vary according to the baby's weight. Teething gels can also help numb the gums.

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