If your baby suddenly becomes irritable, begins to drool excessively and starts to chew on everything in sight, he has probably begun teething. Teething is a necessary part of growing up, though it may be difficult for a parent to watch a baby experience pain. Fortunately, there is something parents can do to help numb the pain and reduce swelling where the tooth is erupting, and all you need is a banana and a freezer.
Peel the banana. Throw away or compost the peel and any loose strings that are hanging from the banana.
Cut the banana in half. Then chop the banana into 1-inch chunks. Place the banana chunks into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer.
Wait for the banana chunks to freeze. This can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the temperature setting of your freezer.
Remove one of the banana chunks from the ice cube tray and place it in a reusable tea bag.
Give the frozen banana to your baby to chew on. The bag will keep the banana chunk contained so that your baby doesn't accidentally choke on it. Although the tea bag helps prevent accidental choking, always supervise your baby when she is using the frozen banana to alleviate tooth pain.
Things You Will Need
- Ice cube tray
- Reusable tea bag
Frozen bagels also make great natural teething rings.
WebMD warns against the use of baby teething gels, as they are not recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Gels can numb a baby's throat, making swallowing difficult. Repeated doses of the ingredients within the teething gel can be toxic to babies.