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When teething kicks in around 3-4 months of age, what is a parent to do? Especially a first-time parent! Man, let me tell you, this is the “fun” stage of a child’s life.. It’s hard to see your child suffering. You can feel helpless as well as more sleep deprived. So how can you help a teething child?
Should You Use Orajel To Help A Teething Child
The Orajel website has a ton of helpful information on teething. It isn’t recommended for children under 2 years of age because the benzocaine (an ingredient found in Orajel products) can numb your child’s gag reflex. If you are still planning to use Orajel, please consult your child’s doctor.
Alternatives That Can Help A Teething Child Under 2
If you’re uncomfortable using orajel to help a teething child, there are alternatives. There are several different homeopathic remedies that can be used in substitute of orajel.
- I currently use the homeopathic all natural Boiron Camilia, which has no benzocaine and safe for children 1 month or older. This stuff has been a lifesaver. It calms my baby down enough that she will eat when her teeth are really bothering her. It also helps her calm down enough to fall asleep. I absolutely love this stuff!!! It doesn’t hurt that it’s super affordable too! 🙂
- Nuby All Natural Teething Gel is also a good alternative to orajel. It’s safe for babies 4 months and older which is great because that’s about the time teething starts. I like this one because it comes with a nuby chewer that you can put the gel in and have your teething child chew on. It saves with the fuss of trying to rub the gel on your child’s gums yourself.
- Babyganics Teething Gel Pods are really similar to the nuby teething gel but still work well. It comes with little q-tips to dip in the gel pods and then you gently rub it onto your child’s gums.
I have used all 3 of these products with success in helping my teething child make it through this ‘fun’ stage of life. Whether you want to use orajel or an alternative method that’s up to you. If you’re ever unsure of how to best help your teething child it’s always best to consult your kid’s pediatrician.