Teething is a milestone every mother looks forward to. Seeing those two set of teeth popping up within the great smile can soothe all your nervousness as a mother. But the trouble that comes with teething is not what any mother or baby is prepared for or comfortable with.
The pain and discomfort that comes with teething leave your baby and you with unease.
So what are the remedies that are natural that can help with teething?
- Apply cold and pressure
Applying cold and pressure helps soothe your baby’s aching gum and gives him relief. The good part is that this technique is safe. Freeze a clean and sterile washcloth, teething toys with liquid in it or spoon chilled in the fridge and place it on the gum. The cold numbs the gum area and the pressure soothes the inflammation.
- Use teething toys
Get your baby soft toys designed for his gum to chew on. Those are what he needs at this time to help him ease the itching and discomfort he feels. There are several types of teething toys but those made of silicone rather than plastic or latex are the safest. You have to make sure they are monitored and kept clean to prevent any contamination.
- Pain Relief and immune boosters
Molars and premolars can take a great toll on a child and to reduce the discomfort and soothe the pain, pain reliefs like acetaminophen is good for them. Zinc tablets are good Immune boosters to prevent them coming down with an illness like diarrhea.
- Teething Necklace
The likes of amber beads are handy and convenient to carry around. It is believed to relieve pains and have soothing and anti-inflammatory effects. It has worked for many. Give it a try. Avoid any choking hazards by ensuring it is properly knotted.
Use Chamomile as tea or essential oil. Chamomile is calming and soothes the pain. Make camomile tea and freeze it then tie the cubes in a bag and place in your baby’s mouth. Both the cold and the Chamomile properties work to bring relief. Mix a small quantity of the chamomile oil with coconut or olive oil and rub on your baby’s gum.
Make clove into a weak tea and give to your older baby or freeze into an ice and let babies too young to take tea enjoy its benefits from the ice wrapped in a muslin bag. Clove is known to have an anesthetic effect.
Children find comfort and solace in breastfeeding. Breastfeeding also soothes the baby. Babies also use the nipples to soothe the gum. Breastfeeding is a good booster for the immune system, especially during the teething period.
While teething can be a not so funny experience, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. You can work out to be easier for you and your child. These simple natural home remedies can assist in alleviating the pain and discomfort for your child while your child crosses this milestone.
What’s your best remedy among the ones listed above or you think we omitted an important remedy that has worked for you? Please leave a comment.