The struggle is real.
While teething affects some children more than others, it is important to understand ways to help our little Loves feel better during their tough teething days.
What do teething symptoms look like?
Teeth typically cut through between the ages of 6 and 9 months, and they usually emerge in pairs (see timeline below). Symptoms can come full force - all at once, or in bouts of various symptoms. Your baby may suffer from drooling, dry red cheeks, hands constantly in the mouth, slight fever, diarrhea, diaper rash, and overall fussiness. You may also notice that your little one is waking up more often in the night seemingly upset (usually lasts 1-4 days), or that their interest in food has subsided. These are all indicators that a tooth- or teeth, may be embarking on their journey of cutting through that gummy smile, to say hello.
As difficult as teething is, there are many natural approaches toward easing your little Love's discomfort and pain.
6 Natural Teething Remedies
For those parents who prefer to avoid the use of medicine (as much as possible), here are 6 natural teething remedies that have been proven effective for other parents and babes, like you.
1. Homemade Teething Cream
We discovered this totally natural remedy to soothing teething pain from www.modernalternativehealth.com and it looks sooo fabulous - and easy to make.
- 1/4 c. coconut oil
- 1/4 c. cocoa butter (food grade pure, not cocoa butter-based beauty product)
- 1 tbsp. whole cloves
Add your coconut oil and cocoa butter to a small saucepan.
-Lightly melt in a pan over low. Add your cloves and let this steep for 20 – 30 minutes on very low heat (just enough to keep the oils from solidifying).
-Strain the oils through a piece of cheesecloth. Discard the cloves, and pour the oil into a 4-oz. glass jar and let cool completely.
-Recommend storage: Keep in fridge for added cooling relief- and less mess during application on the gums.
To use, take a tiny amount and massage into the baby’s gums. This can be used on adults with toothaches, too — it’s not just for babies!
2. Frozen Chamomile Cloth
Soak a wash cloth or muslin, in freshly-brewed chamomile tea and stick it in the freezer. Once frozen, let your baby chew on it. Both the tea and the coldness of the cloth will soothe sore gums.
3. Baltic Amber Necklace (or bracelet / anklet)
(Photo Credit: M&J Photo Studio)
Many parents all over the world swear by Baltic amber teething necklaces and jewelry. It is known to work with the heat of the skin, by releasing a healing agent called 'Succinic Acid' into the bloodstream (like an oil, so to say). Recognized by allopathic medicine, the succinic acid is said to help with relief from teething symptoms and boosts the immune system (great for cold and flu season). Where one may notice less hands in the mouth, another may still experience the hands in the mouth, however may have reduced or stopped drooling completely. Or, another may notice overall less fussiness, while another's cheeks may clear up and become less irritated. So if you do go this path, take note of all the symptoms.
Baltic amber is not partial to children only however. Adults wear it as well to help ease symptoms and pain from arthritis, carpal tunnel, depression/anxiety, migraines, stress and more.
*With proper cleaning and care, amber will last generations and can become a sweet heirloom jewelry. To care for your amber: wash frequently with warm water and wipe off any film coating the beads, with a soft cloth. You can air dry in direct sunlight for 1-3 hours to 'recharge' your ambers effectiveness. Avoid wearing in the water.
You can find Baltic amber jewelry here.
4. Teething Jewelry For Mamas to Wear (& Baby To Enjoy!)
Silicone and Wood Teething & Nursing Necklaces are savvy jewelry for the modern mama! Made with a breakaway clasp, you can say goodbye to broken necklaces and spilled beads from tough tugs... AND, it's officially OK for little one to bite on your beads.
Why Wear Teething Jewelry?:
- Silicone beads are certified BPA, PVC, Latex, Phthalate and Lead - Free (same material as the pacifier/dummy).
* offer immediate relief of painful, itchy, swollen gums.
* prevent little one from sticking everything in their mouth; replacing the nasties with something safe, readily available, and approved.
* prevent broken necklaces and from happening
* distract baby during nappy changes, baby wearing, and nursing.
* entertain baby in your lap or on your hip while out in line at the store, in church, or in a restaurant....
You can find our selection here. And watch out for our new colors and designs, as well as natural wood collection, coming this Spring 2018.
(Photo Credit: M&J Photo Studio)
5. Wood Teething Rings
Old Fashioned Teething Solutions never go out of style. A natural wood teething ring may be the way to go for those who are still weary of the plastic teethers that are abound on the market today.
6. Clove oil
Speaking of old fashioned teething solutions.... many parents swear by a dab of clove oil on the gums - still. This would be a great solution for those babes who do not like the cold textures of many natural teething solutions, and for the mamas who want to avoid using market teething gels.
You're Not Alone Mama!
As a mom to three little ones ages 1, 3, and 5 - I am no stranger to the hardships that come along with these momentous baby and toddler milestones. While my youngest is still passing through the teething phase, my oldest just lost her first tooth and is making way for new teeth to grow in...
My hope is that one or some of the above remedies suit your parenting style and helps to bring ease and comfort for you, and your loves.
As always, talk with your doctor about any concerns you have. Don't forget to schedule a dentist appointment around the age of 2 years, and brush those babies as soon as they start growing in.