Wednesday, May 16, 2007

All hail the celery stick!

A few weeks ago I read a post on a mothering site about giving teething babies a cold stick of celery to gnaw on. (Here is my shout out to Caroline, aka twogreencars, who suggested this to me. She has a website selling nursing necklaces and jewelry with therapeutic properties.) Apparently the celery juices have analgesic properties and gnawing on the celery will help relieve teething discomfort. Admittedly, it sounded a bit odd to me to give a baby celery. I mean, really, most adults don't even like it.

Anyway, I figured it was worth a shot. A few days ago I gave her a piece. Now, I don't know if what they say about the celery juice is true or not, but she certainly loves to have the cold stick in her mouth. It can keep her entertained for 30 minutes at a time and during that time there is nary a whimper to be heard. It sure beats out any teething toys we've tried. Call me a believer.

So, anyone out there with teething babies, if you haven't tried it already, take a piece of celery, wash it well, cut the end on a bias (but not sharp enough to gag on) and hand it over. Hope it works for you too!


Stacie said...

Do you "destring" it?

Paige said...

No. She can't bite through the strings. She just gums at it and sucks on it. But in either case, I don't go far away when she has it in her mouth.

Dayngr said...

My little one loves to gnaw on celery sticks too! Also, these are a great idea too:

Paige said...

I was thinking of getting one of those to house ice cubes for her to suck on. I'll try it out. Thanks for the suggestion.