Teething is one of those life experiences that are more miserable for grown-ups then it is for the kids. I don’t know about you but I remember NOTHING about teething and thank goodness for that selective memory.
As a new mom, it was very hard for me to watch my son struggle while teething. He was so sweaty and fussy. Not to mention the endless diaper changes from diarrhea.
It was when he spiked a temperature that I began to worry and was so close to reaching for a bottle of Tylenol.
These symptoms went on for days before I could even visualize his first tooth!
Instead of using over-the-counter pain medication, we opted to use natural remedies for teething.
In fact, now our family is completely Tylenol-free and have been for almost 2 years! I am really proud of that.
I have spent a lot of time researching and learning on how to treat my teething baby naturally, so I wanted to share my tips with you. Our goal is to provide relief for our babies but to avoid poisoning them with all the toxins that are in over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and Motrin.
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Signs your baby is teething
If your baby is acting extra fussy, you might wonder if she could be teething.
That first tooth will show up differently in every baby. Some babies can have teeth come in as early as three months!
Some get one at a time whereas others can have multiple teeth come through all at once. Those poor babies!
In general it takes about a week for a tooth to migrate to the surface of the mouth.
One day I noticed one little tooth on the bottom of my son’s mouth and then all of a sudden he had 4 new teeth.
During this special time, infants can experience any and or all of the following symptoms:
- Red swollen gums
- Increased biting or gnawing
- Gum rubbing
- Ear rubbing
- Increased sucking
- Irritability and fussiness
- Decreased appetite for solid foods
- Sleep disturbances
- Facial rash often presenting as red cheeks
- Mild fever
Time Table of Infant Teething
Natural Remedies for a Teething Baby
You can throw a couple of wash cloths in the freezer and let them chew and play with them. This also helps with coordination as they practice bringing objects to their mouth.
Another great option for a cold compress is frozen fruit. You can place them in mesh teethers and give your child some extra vitamin C for the day!
You can also try slicing up some apple slices after they have been in the fridge for a bit.
The absolute best cold thing you could give your sweet baby is some frozen breastmilk. If you have some to spare this is an awesome way to soothe your little one’s mouth.
Massage your babies gums frequently throughout the day to stimulate the blood flow. This helps bring oxygen to the gums which helps cell turnover as the get used to the new tooth.
The pressure from massage can also reduce swelling.
Extra nursing sessions are a great way to provide comfort and bonding during teething.
The reality is, your baby will never remember the pain they are going through, but that doesn’t change the fact that helping them get through this experience of childhood has a positive psychological effect and improves attachment.
This study confirms that the skin to skin contact from breastfeeding provides an analgesic effect.
Amber teething necklaces
Amber teething necklaces contain beads made from the fossilized resin from the sap of conifer trees native to the forests of the Baltic region.
The thought behind using amber necklaces as a remedy for teething is as it is close to a baby’s skin, the beads heat up causing it to slowly release natural oils that contain succinic acid.
Succinic acid is believed to have a calming affect on the body and relieves pain.
Two commonly used remedies for teething are Chamomilla and Pulsatilla. These remedies are the real reason we no longer have any disruptive symptoms of teething in our house so I will discuss how to use them in detail.
There are many remedies that can be used to relieve teething symptoms with homeopathy.
I will talk about the two most common remedies, one of which I use for my son.
Homeopathic remedies are made through the process of diluting a natural element until only the “energy” is left behind me.
As hokey as this sounds, it has been used for over 200 years. It is used by many notable folks including the royal family.
The interesting thing with homeopathy is mood and mental components have great weight when looking at which remedy to choose.
- Chamomilla should be used when you have a teething child who is whiny, irritable, and hard to please. This child will scream for attention and want to be picked up, but when you go to hold him, he immediately want to be put down. He will be restless and impatient. You could almost call a chamomilla child angry when in pain. The remedy chamomilla is made from an extreme dilution of the Chamomile flower. You may recognize it as a soothing tea in the grocery store. It is best to use this remedy in the 30 C preparation. Your child will enjoy using homeopathy, as it is basically a sugar granule with “energy.” It is generally given 3 times a day or as needed when symptoms appear.
- Pulsatilla children are clingy. You will be trying to make dinner and they will be hanging on your leg and begging for attention. They want to be cuddled and feel better when being comforted by you. This makes them seem to be an easier child to deal with than a Chamomilla child. Pulsatilla is the homeopathic preparation of the purple pasque flower, which is native to Europe. It also is best to be dosed for children in the 30 C preparation, as needed.
The beauty of using homeopathy is it can often train the body how to act in the future.
When the second round of teething hit our son, his fussiness returned but not the fever.