How to Help Ease the Pain of Teething Naturally (And What Products To Avoid)

Part 1: The Dangers of Treating Teething with Medication

When our children aren’t feeling so great, it is our natural instinct as parents to try and make them better. When it comes to teething, some parents are under the belief that giving a child a little dose of Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen is okay. The people behind these products certainly want you to think so, but studies show that these drugs can often cause more harm than good. Links have been found between both Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen to asthma, respiratory disease and decreased lung function in both children and adults. In fact, according to Dr. Palevsky, a respected N.Y. area pediatrician, these medications are not safe for human consumption.

What’s more, “Tylenol/Acetaminophen is toxic to the human body. It causes liver poisoning. The analgesic effects derive from the liver’s attempt to fight the Tylenol by releasing enzymes to break it down. A liver that is not healthy or that is overwhelmed by other toxins, or that has not been sufficiently fueled by food intake, can become overwhelmed and fail, leaving the poison in the body to cause organ damage and death… Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) accounts for 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 56,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths annually“(Markham).

Along with over the counter pain relievers, medicated teething gels and liquids should also be avoided. Why? Because most of them contain benzocaine, which “is associated with a rare, but serious condition. This condition is called methemoglobinemia and results in the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream being greatly reduced. In the most severe cases, methemoglobinemia can result in death” (FDA). “Benzocaine gels and liquids are sold OTC under different brand names such as Anbesol, Hurricaine, Orajel, Baby Orajel, Orabase, and store brands. Benzocaine is also sold in other forms such as lozenges and spray solutions” (FDA).


Because we do want our children to be as happy and comfortable as possible while teething, here are some great, natural and safe options.

Part 2: Natural Teething Remedies

Amber Teething Necklaces*

Baltic Amber Teething Necklace

How they work: The amber works therapeutically; as it is heated by a child’s body heat, the natural oils from the amber are released and absorbed into the skin. These oils are a natural analgesic (pain reliever) and help to calm a baby in pain.

Amber teething necklaces are made to be worn by babies and toddlers. They are short enough so that the necklace cannot reach the child’s mouth. Most have breakaway clasps and have a knot in between each bead so that if the necklace does break, which it shouldn’t, the beads will not spill all over. Similar necklaces are also available for adults to help relieve pains such as headaches.

What to look for: The most potent beads are ones that are lighter in color and that are raw and unpolished. Some people may be concerned that the unpolished beads will scratch their child; this has not happened with my daughter, as the beads really aren’t that coarse. Make sure that the necklace you purchase has a breakaway clasp and a knot between each bead. Also, make sure that you are buying the amber from a reputable source, as some sellers have recently been found to sell necklaces that aren’t all amber. Instead the necklaces are part amber and part plastic beads. If you are not sure if your amber is real you can perform one or all of these tests to find out: Identifying True Amber (though this link is great for learning how to make sure what you buy is genuine, I did not have a great experience with this seller, unfortunately). I purchased my son’s necklace from The Art of Cure; the quality of the amber they sell is excellent and beautiful. You can find these necklaces here: (the one in the link is a light color in its raw form – exactly the kind you want) The Art of Cure. If you are in Australia you can purchase your necklace from AmbeRocks and if you are in the UK you can get one at Amber Teething Necklaces!

Mommy Teething Necklaces*

A Necklace to be worn by Mommy (or Daddy)

These are necklaces meant to be worn by a caregiver, that a child with emerging teeth can use to teethe on. What I like about this is that because an adult wears it around his/her neck, if a baby drops it, it will not land on the floor, and thus, not need to be washed before giving it back to the child.

A product of Smart Mom Jewelry, Teething Bling is the original teething jewelry. Their products are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure.

I really love these necklaces because not only do they look nice on, just like real jewelry, but my necklace kept my daughter happy whether cuddling with me at home or out at a restaurant or at a friend’s house. Here’s where you can purchase yours: Smart Mom Jewelry 

Clove Oil

Clove oil has natural numbing properties, and thus, many parents use it on their children’s gums. Because it is warming, the key it to dilute it first before putting it the gums. You can dilute it with olive oil and try it out on yourself first to make sure it’s ok to use on the baby, OR you can buy it already diluted. Companies, such as Soulful Earth Herbals, sell it diluted and mixed with wintergreen for use on babies’ gums. Amazon also sells many different brands.

Mesh Feeders*

The Original Mesh Feeder – Sassy and Munchkin also have their own versions

The original mesh feeder was designed by a father looking to ease his child’s teething pain! Since then, other companies have jumped on the bandwagon by creating their own versions. I like the particular feeders pictured here; I have tried others and these are the easiest to open, to close and to wash. These are a great way for a child to teethe on something cold without it being plastic. You freeze a piece of fruit, put it in the teether and let the baby gnaw! The coldness of the piece of food helps to soothe and temporarily numb the baby’s gums.  You can find these in stores selling baby products or on Amazon.

Natursutten BPA-Free Chill-It Teether

41j-ySG6s1L._SX450_I love this company and love this teether; I find it great for when a baby first starts teething. My 10 week old already has his front two teeth visibly coming up and I hold this in his mouth for him while he gums it. It is filled with water instead of any gel-like substance like some cold teethers. It is easy to clean and it is made from non-toxic Eva plastic, contains no bisphenol-a, phthalates, or PVC. You can read more about it here!

Hyland’s Teething Tablets and Teething Gel*

Hyland’s Teething Tablets and Teething Gel

Hyland’s provides teething products that are homeopathic. According to Hyland’s, their “homeopathic combination (Calcarea Phosphorica 6X HPUS for teething, dentition; Chamomilla 6X HPUS for irritability; Coffea Cruda 6X HPUS for sleeplessness; Belladonna 12X HPUS (0.0000000000003% Alkaloids)
for redness and inflammation) relieves the restlessness, peevish wining and irritability that accompany infant teething. Their products are free of benzocaine, parabens, and artificial dyes and flavors. I know that my children like Hyland’s tablets, because my son would, and my daughter will, ask for them (by pointing to where I keep them) when their gums were/are in pain. And, I found that my children would sleep better if I put Hyland’s gel on their gums before putting them down to sleep when teething. For more on Hyland’s products, please see their website: Hyland’s

Camilia by Boiron*

l_bi-1380Camilia is a homeopathic liquid. It comes in tiny, individual packs that you squeeze into the baby’s mouth. The ingredients are as follows: Chamomilla vulgaris 9C HPUS (relieves teething pains accompanied by irritablity), Phytolacca decandra 5C HPUS (relieves painful gums), Rheum officinale 5C HPUS (relieves minor digestive disorder associated with teething) and purified water.

You can buy Camilia online here: Amazon, or you can find out where to buy Camilia in stores, click here: Where to Buy

*I have personally use all of these products with both of my children.


In addition to the above information, many parents have also recommended giving a baby a cold washcloth to chew on!


Markham, Laura. What Every User of Acetaminophen needs to know. 3 July 2008. Web. 14 December 2011.

Palevsky, Lawrence. General Guidance if  Your Child is Sick. Web, December 2011.

Tylenol Tied to Childhood Asthma and Allergies. August 13, 2010.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA Safety Communication: Reports of a rare, but serious and potentially fatal adverse effect with the use of over-the-counter benzocaine gels and liquids applied to the gums or mouth. 7 April 2011. Web. 14 December 2011.

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27 Responses to How to Help Ease the Pain of Teething Naturally (And What Products To Avoid)

  1. Cinnamon Aston says:

    Thank you so much for the great information and product ideas. We have a 7 month old that has yet to break any teeth so I know it’s coming, and our oldest never really had problems so this is great preparation in case the baby has issues. Can’t wait to shop now, it’s not every day Mommy has an excuse to buy a necklace, ha ha.

  2. Jessica Brandt says:

    My 10 month old has worn a necklace for 2 months 24/7 & honestly I don’t feel it helped. His top 2 teeth came in during that time & he was still quite uncomfortable & still drooled a lot. Would it have been worse w/o the necklace? I’ll never know. But, I love amber, wear it myself & it looks so cute on him so he’ll continue to wear it. As in any other remedy, it’s not going to work 100% of the time for 100% of children. It can’t hurt to try though!! And yes, I did the salt water test to make sure it was real. Just wanted to add my experience since I’ve read so many comments by people who put the necklance on & instantly saw great results– not my experience. Hope it works for many others though!

  3. Jessica Brandt says:

    Also, I’ve done quite a bit of reading up on tylenol usage myself since even my homeopathic doctor doesn’t have a problem with it’s usage for severe teething symptoms (the Hyland’s teething tablets don’t have much effect on my kiddo’s misery either). From what I’ve read, the danger (& hospitalizations) are a result of overdoses. Sometimes a mom & dad will both dose the kid not realizing they’ve already been dosed, etc. According to my doc & the reasearch I’ve done, my extremely healthy child can handle the prescribed dose (I usually only give 1/2-3/4 the prescribed amount). Anyone’s thoughts. . . It’s the only thing I’ve found that can help my son get some relief.

  4. Jessica Brandt says:

    THANKS! You’ve swayed me. The stuff should be pulled from the shelves– quite disturbing :(

  5. jboring says:

    Those Hylands teething tablets are the only thing that got us through teething. And my daughter, the child who likes every single food we’ve ever put in front of her, couldn’t stand the baby oragel. We put it on her once and she spit it out and looked at us like we’d just shoved dirt in her mouth, the think the weird fake flavoring and uber sugar was too much for her.

  6. Thanks for all your great information. A friend of mine is expecting after 17 years of raising her last child and she is a little bit nervous because it has been so long. This will be great information for her.

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  8. jodie miller says:

    Hi I live in qld Australia I have a 7 mth old daughter who is teething I purchased some amber beads from a baby store but they are not really doing much are u able to tell me what else I can use for her please
    Thank you

  9. Jessica Brandt says:

    Glad to see another parent admit that the amber beads aren’t a cure-all. Not trying to discount those that say they work- but they definitely don’t help my boy out much! But boy are they cuuuuuuute on him :)

    I’ve been giving him chamomila 30X 3/day & they seem to be giving him some relief!

  10. leno says:

    It came in the post very quickly and shortly after putting it on my daughter was noticeably calmer! and I haven’t needed to keep buying to other Daugherty! ;)
    My with teething.
    I bought son had an amber necklace from 4 months till he was just over two and we never had any problem one because I was living in Latvia at the time, and lots of kids there wore them, I had a least 5 people recommend one.
    Best local internet store is Latvian Amber Store, they sell just authentic Baltic Amber.
    There is link:

  11. Destuny says:

    Thank you so much for this page :) I am forever grateful for all the natural remedies you all provide. My LO is teething & in so much pain. I just purchased the above oil you suggested, an amber necklace from Inspired By Finn, we already use the teething tablets from Hyland & the gel for his gums! I also read soaking an organic cloth in camomile tea & freezing it can help. Has anyone tried this? I am hoping LO has some relief soon. <3

  12. Leana Swartzbaugh says:

    Acetaminophen is the most popular painkiller in the US. It is best known by the brand name Tylenol but is sold under 97 different brand names. It is known as paracetamol in many parts of the world. It is also sold in combination with other drugs in more than 100 products.During cold and flu season, people who take acetaminophen for arthritis are at risk for acetaminophen poisoning. Taking just twice the recommended dose of acetaminophen can cause acute liver failure. Unfortunately, this has already happened to an alarming number of people because it isn’t hard to do. Two years ago, more than 56,000 people visited the emergency room due to accidental acetaminophen overdoses and 100 people died from unintentionally taking too much. Worse yet, the numbers appear to be growing.*

    Look at all of the helpful write-up on our very own blog site

  13. Roxeanne says:

    Amber Necklace did nothing for my son except give him something to break. Hylands Teething tablets gave my son horrible Night Terrors. Camillia worked wonders but now doesnt work as he is 22 months old and I guess the amount isnt enough for him. Can I give him more? The freezer teething works till it melts and then he is right back at the whining and chewing. ALso it is his molars that are coming through now that seem to be giving him the most trouble. Other than freezer teether or Ice is there anything else I can try.

  14. My son has had a teething necklace on since he was 5 months old when he had his first rupture. He did not have it one for the first rupture and it was horrible, my heart broke and I did everything from nurse to frozen wash clothes. The next day I went out and got his amber necklace and he was fine the rest of his life with each and every new tooth. He recently had a molar come through and we only knew he did it because he kept putting his fingers in his mouth. Hyghland Teething tabs are used at night when he points to them if he needs them but that is very rare. Every kid is different so I am grateful my little guy is so easily pacified during such a hard time in their little lives.

  15. Just found your article via RNK on Facebook. Thanks for the dangers of Tylenol, I just shared it on another social site.
    What do you know about catnip for babies teething? I used it (unintentionally) at first with my middle daughter and she was extemely calm when playing with the cat toy. She had a horrible time teething and had to put her in disposables every time more came in because she would get boils.
    We use a different brand of teething tablets,but I couldn’t survive without them.

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