Is your baby experiencing some of these symptoms?
Decreased appetite, biting, fussiness and whining, sleeplessness, excessive drool. If your baby has any of the above signs check your baby's mouth for swollen gums and red bumps. If your baby is over 4 month old it might be teething.
I think we can all agree that one of the worst pains a human can have is a tooth ache. While us adults can find fast relief in popping a pill and rushing to the dentist, when your baby is teething this is not an alternative. Bad news is there is no way around teething but the good news is there are natural teething remedies that actually work!
Applying something cold to the gums can really help numb the teething pain. Something cold can be applied through feeding your baby cold food such as homemade organic applesauce (you can find our recipe here), yogurt or chilled organic pieces of fruit. A frozen or cold spoon can also be a quick remedy or freeze a clean wet cloth and let your baby chew on it.
This magic plant has many amazing benefits which include calming down toothache. Make a tea and make ice cubes with it. Let your baby suck on the ice cubes in a secured muslin bag. Other great herbs that you can also use are Catnip which will help your baby relax, Clove a natural anesthetic or Rosehip.
When your baby is teething its immune system might also be low, so it is essential you feed your baby foods and supplements that help the immune system. The best is of course is breastmilk, so if you can make sure your baby drinks enough of it. Should breastmilk not be an option choose a formula with a lot of nutrients. Probiotics as found in yogurt are also good, as are foods that contain vitamin D.
Essential oils have also proven to be useful, especially for keeping your baby calm and reducing inflammation. Try diffusing oils such as lavender, chamomile or vanilla oil near the baby. Important: Essential Oils should not be used internally.
Ginger is well known for its anti inflammatory effects. For the best result peel an organic ginger root and rub it directly on your baby's gums.
Mix together organic cocoa butter, organic coconut oil, and add some clove oil. Let it cool in the fridge for 4 hours and then gently rub on your baby's gums.
If nothing helps, try to distract your baby from the pain. Give your baby a warm bath to help it relax. Give your baby several face massages a day, through rubbing its face gently in circular motion also its jaw and gums.
Last but not least, arm yourself with patience, teething is painful for your baby but also hard for you. Make sure that you also get some down time during this stressful period of time.
What are your natural remedies for teething? We would love to hear your experience!
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