When your child gets her first tooth, it is a day to celebrate; another special event in a child’s growth. But teething can bring along a lot of unpleasant side effects. It’s called “cutting teeth” for a reason. Before that first tiny tooth cuts or breaks through the gum, he may experience drooling, chewing, crying, decreased appetite. She may also spit up or have a mild amount of diarrhea. His gums are sore, painful and even inflamed as each tooth comes through. You can give your baby some relief in the natural way by following these suggestions.
Natural Remedies for Teething Babies
Numbing the gums is one of the most effective and easy ways to help your baby’s teething pain. You can buy teething rings made of silicone that are filled with gel that can be put in the freezer or refrigerator, or those you can add water to yourself. A clean wet cloth can be frozen and given to the baby to suck on to control the swelling and numb the gums. Even frozen foods, healthy of course, can not only soothe the pain, but also distract the baby. Parochially freeze a banana and give it to the baby, or mix it with some cold yogurt. Of course, you can always place an ice cube in a clean cloth for the baby.
You will notice when your baby begins to cut teeth, he starts chewing on everything within his reach. He will chew on the sides of his playpen, his crib, books, his fingers and, if he is still breast feeding, his mother’s breast. There are items you can give your baby to chew on, just be sure each of them is clean anytime you offer it. There are even cloth toys you can give your baby and ones made of natural rubber and food grade paint. The most comforting thing you can offer your baby is your clean, soft, folded hand.
Chamomile tea calms and soothes children and adults, and it will work the same way on a fussy, teething baby. Make a weak tea and freeze it in ice cube trays. When frozen, wrap the ice cube in a muslin or cotton cloth bag and fasten it well. Cold and soothing.
Baby Orajel Naturals
This product is free of dyes, alcohol and benzocaine. Regular Baby Orajel is not free of benzocaine; be sure to look for the word Naturals on the label. The Naturals version is made with the oil of the clove plant. The oil is known to be both an analgesic and an antiseptic.
Another product made from natural ingredients is Camilia. This treatment combines German chamomile for soothing the gums, and Chinese rhubarb, which gives relief from gas and diarrhea – which often accompany teething. Like any other over-the-counter remedy, you should ask your doctor before giving it to your baby.
Rubbing a clean index finger across your baby’s gum, gently massaging as you go, can soothe a crying teething infant in two excellent ways. Firstly, the massing across the red affected section will improve blood flow and help to reduce the inflammation of the gums. Secondly, there is no comfort like a mother’s comfort. Holding your baby close while performing this loving treatment reassures he will be safe although he is hurting.
Vaseline might seem a strange remedy for painful gums, but it is a very effective remedy for the pain of one of the worst side effects of this part of your baby’s life. Simply rub Vaseline on her chin and under her lower lip, and the area will be protected from the irritated skin that results from drooling.