The hilarious advice Ellen Degeneres gave Meghan Markle to ease baby Lilibet's teething

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Recently, Ellen DeGeneres posted snippets showing her interview with The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle

In this promo video, Markle shared how her family has been doing since they moved to Santa Barbara, California last year.

This interview is Markle's first since welcoming her second child Lilibet (Lili). 

Among the things Meghan and Ellen spoke about was Markle's five-month-old daughter Lili's latest milestone.

Ellen asked if Lili is now teething, and Markle confirmed and further asked if Ellen had, "anything to relieve that". 

Ellen jokingly suggested Tequila would help with that.

Markle then said, "that's Aunty Ellen for you," while Ellen joked and said that is why she does not have kids.

Read: Top teething truths and tricks you should try

Real advice 

All jokes aside, teething is a very unpredictable process for kids that parents know all too well, but a few tricks can help soothe your baby's gums. 

Here are a few tricks by Dr Miriam Stoppard, the author of Complete Baby and Childcare and one of the UK's most trusted parenting expert.

Easing the pain

The first trick to ease the pain is to apply a topical gel with local anaesthetic or a powder directly to the gum, Dr Stoppard advises. 

You can also consult your nearest clinic sister or a paediatrician about the over the counter remedies and safe pain medication for your child.

Something to chew

Another trick is to give your child something to chew on. Teething rings are helpful and are available in most baby stores. You can also use dummies after you place them in the fridge.

If your baby is comfortable with solid foods, you can offer them frozen pieces of fruit, chewy foods like carrots, or raw veggies.

"Chewy food like carrots, raw vegetables and fruit can soothe red swollen gums and will also strengthen jaw muscles," explains Dr Stoppard.

Fruits and raw vegetables strengthen your baby's teeth and have a cleansing effect since the fibres within them are shredded during the chewing process Stoppard says. 

The top tip that Dr Stoppard gives is that when you are in doubt, consult a doctor.


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