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Does anyone know anything about green onions for teething? Any other helpful teething advice?

Earlier this evening I went to Whole Foods looking for Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets - when I inquired about Hyland's, the employee who was helping me told me that he gave his daughter green onion for her teething! He told me that he cut off the white part, split it in the middle, turned it inside out, and gave it to his daughter to gnaw on. He told me she popped eight teeth in a couple of months...and didn't cry at all because the onion eased her pain! I'm not sure though if this is okay for younger babies though (our baby is 7 months)...I regret not asking him more questions/where he read about it. Frankly, I'm concerned he might try to put the whole thing in his mouth and choke on it!

I've been researching it, but this is the only information I've found so far:

"Treat teething with green onions - When your infant is teething give them green onions to chew on. Give the just the dark green end. It has an ingredient that naturally numbs the gums."

"This came from my husband elderly American Indian Auntie. Put a scallion onion in the freezer for about 15 to 30 minuets. (not completely frozen, but real cold.) Then rub on babies gums. I used this with my three, and it worked really well. Something in the green onion has a natural medicinal effect as well as the coldness of the onion. (they don't really mind the taste)."

Infant Tylenol really helps a lot! Once a day only when he needs it (the doctor said 4 times a day, but I really don't want to be too dependent on it, so we give it to him only if he's in a lot of pain or at night to help him sleep better ). I've read bad things about the Baby Orajel and nursing, so I'm going to try Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets. Other things I've read about that help with teething pain are: a clean wash cloth with half of the cloth soaked in spring water and frozen for 30 minutes (in a ziplock bag)...the dry half is so his hands don't get too cold while holding on to it. Nico really likes chewing on it (with supervision)...the rough edges seem to soothe his gums, but he gets his shirt a little wet. Also, cold teething rings (keep several in the fridge in ziplock bags). I've read about frozen waffles and frozen bagels, but we haven't tried that yet....maybe when he's a bit older.

Any other suggestions?


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Jan. 25th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
i have never heard of the onion thing, but i doubt it'd hurt to try! i stick to hyland tablets & tylenol, i tried orajel in the beginning & she'd bite her lip because she was numb, so we stopped. we give her ice pops sometimes, those seem to help. we had a teething ring, but she broke through with her sharp chompers!
Jan. 25th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
My mother says that when I was a baby I loved gnawing on a green onion! Not sure if it was for teething or just because. Maybe just to satisfy sucking reflex (I never took a paci).

Wouldn't hurt to try, i say :)
Jan. 25th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
if you pump at all...

i froze about an ounce of breastmilk in a ziploc bag, and spoon feeding it slushy to my son. it was the only thing he liked, besides tylenol.
Jan. 25th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
Momcicles! Great idea. Thanks! :)
Jan. 25th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
haha milkcicles...thats brilliant.
Jan. 26th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
LOL MamaMilkCicles

Jan. 26th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
LOL momcicles! I will be trying that.
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
My son, who is 2, loves frozen grapes and blueberries when his teeth are hurting. I wouldn't recommend it for younger children though, highly chokeable!
Jan. 25th, 2008 05:51 pm (UTC)
You can put them in those mesh feeders though to get rid of the choking risk. My son loves frozen blueberries when he's teething.
Jan. 25th, 2008 06:21 pm (UTC)

We did the green onion and that worked. :) Used the Hylands for bedtime which allowed for blessed sleep. Also spare rib bones that have been cleaned, those work well frozen too.
Jan. 26th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
we just began our teething journey with our almost-5-month-old (read: she started this morning) so we are still experimenting with stuff, but here is what we've done with good results so far:

- I put a dropper of Bach's rescue remedy on my finger (just 1 drop) and let her lick it off, which immediately calmed her down.
- Homeopathic cell salts: Calcarea Phos 6X. 2 tablets in a little bit of water, and we let her slurp from a spoon a bit here and there (every 15 minutes for 2-3 doses).
- I also take the cell salts and she gets the benefit thru my breastmilk.
- I have Kid Kalmer Myst by Garden of One http://www.gardenofone.com/kk.html, which is a mist you spray into the air around baby. It worked as well as the rescue remedy.
- We just bought Hyland's teething gel! Not sure how it is going to work out just yet.

I'm following this thread in case we need to change the game plan, but for now we were able to calm and soothe Violet reasonably fast this morning. I love reading everyone's input. It's awesome what the veteran parents have come up with!

Edited at 2008-01-26 02:25 am (UTC)
Jan. 26th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
For the first teeth, just Infant Tylenol did just fine. For the molars and canines (of which, my DD just pushed three canines through in the past week... not a good sleeping week for us), we've had to move onto more drastic measures.

Infant Motrin seems to handle the pain better. And you can piggy-back it with Tylenol if the Motrin runs out before it's time for another dose. Bach's Rescue Remedy is also WONDERFUL - you can put a drop of it on your kid's tongue or we actually rub it into her gums. (That's usually as far as she lets us go with our finger). And Hyland's gel helps to some extent.

Sadly, my DD never took to any of the tricks that everyone suggested. The only things she chews on are her hands and my nipples - one of the reasons that I'm pushing the weaning along at 20 months.

One thing I don't see suggested above is a frozen wet washcloth. Some kids love that texture. And one of my friends froze pear slices and put them in the mesh feeder - I guess the mealiness of the pears felt good once it was frozen.
Jan. 27th, 2008 06:11 am (UTC)
we used cold raw asparagus (tough enough nothing breaks off and the cold helps along with the gawing to break the gum line). i don't know about the green onion, but with supervision it should be ok.
Feb. 10th, 2008 08:40 pm (UTC)
this is the practice in México
the practice is that you cut of the white part (hairs) off the green onion and you add a little bit of salt and let the baby gnaw on it and that'll numb the gums and make their teeth come out faster. Just learned about that this month too since my baby is starting to go through this. My family and friends practice a lot of household remedies and so far I've been happy with most of them.
Feb. 12th, 2008 07:20 am (UTC)
Re: this is the practice in México
Thank you for your reply!
I really wanted to get a couple of opinions before we tried this. Is it okay to do it with a younger baby though (7 months)?
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