I am a huge fan of the Humphrey's Very Cherry Teething Pellets. If I can find a natural version of a product, I will always buy it over the other brand even if it doesn't work as well. That especially applies to things I use with my children. I had used a gel containing a numbing agent a couple of times with my oldest son, and we never had any problems with it. However, when my second son was a small baby, there were multiple stories on the news about children dying from the product. Moms were using it as directed, but the babies had died from an overdose because there was no way to know how much to give an individual child based on the box instructions. This terrified me, so I started looking for natural alternatives. A woman at a local health food store recommended Humphrey's Teething Pellets. All you have to do is take a couple of the pellets and dissolve them in a little bit of water. Then, just rub it on the babies gums. It helps with the pain, and it also helps with the inflammation. I use a spoon to dissolve them because you can use less water that way.