Natural Teething Remedies to Try with Your Baby
Teething can be a tough time for both parents and babies.
You prepare yourself for tears and sleepless nights, but that doesn’t make it easier when you see your little bundle of joy in so much pain as a result of teething problems.
Common signs of a teething baby include; biting; excessive dribble; fussiness; sleeplessness; a fever, rash, nappy rash, displaying symptoms of a cold and diarrhoea; decreased appetite; pulling their ears or rubbing their chin or cheeks. It should be noted though that if your baby is suffering from very high temperature; 28 degrees or above, or has terrible diarrhoea, you should contact your doctor.
Often, the advice is to turn to over the counter painkillers, but if you want something more natural, we have some of the best and most effective natural remedies.
Frozen fruit treats:
If your baby is old enough to eat solid food, try mashing up some frozen fruit, and place it in a baby mesh feeding. Place this is in the freezer until it becomes both colder and harder, and then give it to them as a tasty treat that will also provide them with some pain relief. Make sure your baby is supervised with this though, and ensure that it is a mesh feeder designed for this purpose.
Bananas, apples and carrots can also be frozen and gnawed on as well if you do not have a mesh feeder; however, ensure that you are with them to prevent them from becoming a choking hazard. This is not suitable for very young babies.
Fresh ginger that has been peeled can be a really useful teething remedy thanks to the fact that it is packed full of anti-inflammatory properties. It is very commonly used in natural healing and can improve the symptoms of some different health complaints.
It works by getting straight to the root (pardon the pun!), by soothing the nerve endings in the gums. To use peeled ginger root effective, rub a small slice of peeled ginger over your baby’s gums for two to three minutes.
Adults commonly turn to clove oil to soothe a toothache naturally, so it is only to be assumed that it is a useful but natural way of helping to soothe teething pain in babies as well. Cloves contain natural oils, which have a warming and numbing properties, which will help to take away the pain of teething.
You can make a paste, which can then be rubbed on your baby’s gums, by mixing some ground cloves with water, coconut oil or unsalted butter, before being chilled in the fridge.
If you do not have any ground cloves, you can make this just as effectively by using clove oil as well.
Allow your baby to chew on a toothbrush:
There are many different benefits to letting your baby chew on a toothbrush. First of all, it promotes good dental health, as they will become used to them having a toothbrush in their mouth which they will need to have when their teeth do start coming through, but it is also effective at helping to ease teething pain.
Chewing on a soft toothbrush helps to give their gums a soothing massage which will help to take away the pain and soreness of teething. You can also purchase a rubber gum massager which can be worn on your finger for your baby to chew on; however, a toothbrush is just as effective and cheaper!
Use vanilla extract:
This is a bit of a controversial one; however, it is believed to a very active and natural remedy for teething pain. Vanilla is incredibly soothing and is known to help to reduce a baby’s anxiety, which will generally make them a lot calmer around the teething mark.
However; it is controversial because the extract contains a trace of alcohol, which will create a warm and comforting sensation for them; but is not favoured with some professionals. If you do wish to try using vanilla extract though to see if it will reduce the amount of discomfort that your baby is in, just soak a cotton pad with the vanilla extract and apply directly to your baby’s gums.
Freeze a bottle:
You can easily make your own DIY teething ring, by filling one your baby’s bottles up with water and freezing it. Make sure that when you place it in the freezer, you do so upside down so that the water is frozen in the teat.
Once frozen, you can then give it to your baby to chew on. The hardness and coolness of the teat will be very soothing on their gums and help to eliminate the pain that is associated with teething.
Try an amber bracelet:
Many parents swear that they can cope with the teething stage by letting their baby wear amber beads, whether this is as a necklace or as a bracelet or anklet. The should be supervised when they are wearing them to ensure that they do not try and eat the beads, as these could present a choking hazard, but they are believed to be effective.
Amber has been used for centuries as a natural way of providing relief for your teething baby, and this is because their body heat will cause succinic acid that is contained in the stones to be released. This is an entirely natural painkiller, and also has some abilities to reduce inflammation; both of which are very typical of teething.