Top Natural Teething Tips:
Teething occurs when your little baby’s first teeth are getting ready to break through the gums and come in. This can vary from baby to baby but most start to get their first teeth around 6 months of age, however, it is not unusual for teething to begin around three months or as late as a year. Some babies have even been born with teeth!
The lower front two teeth are usually the first ones to pop through, then 1 to 2 months later the top two will come in. By the time they are three they should have all 20 child teeth.
How can you tell if your baby is teething?
Your baby may become fussier than usual due to feeling discomfort in their gums, which may also get noticeably swollen or red. Your baby may also start to drool a lot more, which can cause a rash on their face, and start to bite down on things to relieve the pressure on their gums, such as, their toys, hands and unfortunately you!
If your baby does seem to be uncomfortable, which can affect their temperament and sleeping at night, there are a few natural teething remedies that parents swear by. If you can play around with these suggestions hopefully you will find one that works for you and your little one:
1. Rubbing their gums a few minutes a day ~ Use a clean finger to gently but firmly rub your baby’s gum for about 2 minutes. They may protest at first, but then might find relief.
2. Amber Teething Necklace ~ The succinic acid in the amber has healing anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties that help teething babies
3. Teething Homeopathics ~ Hyland’s baby teething tablets (homoepathic remedy that helps “relieve symptoms of restlessness and wakeful irritability due to cutting teeth.”) and Boiron Camilia (Relieves gum soreness and pain brought on by teething) may help. Pulsatilla may also be a good option if the first two are not working.
4. Frozen Teethers ~ Breast milk ice cubes (if baby is exclusively breastfed) or frozen fruit (if eating solids) in a mesh teething feeder can help, as the cold numbs their aching gums. A frozen washcloth or celery stick can also work wonders, as well as a stick of licorice root.
5. Wooden or BPA and phthalate-free Teethers ~ Can be great for your baby to bite down on to relieve pressure. You can even find vibrating ones which are designed to help stimulate their little gums!
6. Baby massage and reflexology (the toes represent the head and teeth) ~ Massaging the face and jaw in a circular motion can relieve discomfort and a body massage can help your baby relax. Good luck, I hope your baby finds comfort.