Teething necklaces and other natural teething remedies
There are many natural remedies for a teething baby and using a teething necklace is a great way of carrying round a teether with you so that you always know where it is. Made from food grade silicone which can be washed and sterilised, Teething necklaces are actually designed for the Mum to wear and the baby to teethe on.
A great selection including some really cute Owl teething necklaces can be found at Mama Jewels.
Other Natural remedies include water filled silicone teething rings and toys which can be purchased from Supermarkets and baby stores and are normally found in the aisle with feeding spoons, bibs and cups. These are a great idea but the baby needs to be old enough to actually hold it and put i its mouth, so from about 6 months would suit. They are a great alternative to a teething necklace but are clearly larger and cannot be worn around Mums neck.
A number of mummys and dads reminded that your finger is a chew toy that’s never too far away. My problem with this solution? Once we have our first teeth it’s very difficult to teach the “Don’t bite mummy!” lesson while simultaneously encouraging gnawing on your knuckles! Plus I always think that fingers may be unhygienic, at least with a teething toy or teething necklace thay can be sterilised first.
Cold fruit or vegetables
Several mums mentioned they use mesh feeders with frozen bananas, mangos, or other frozen fruit to help soothe painful gums.
An alternative to the mesh feeder (one that avoids the issue of plastic or petroleum-based synthetics altogether) is a knotted handkerchief or a muslin or cheesecloth sack. Many health food stores sell re-usable tea bags in undyed cotton or eco-friendly hemp (aff) that are ideal for the purpose and food safe.
You can laso use large refrigerated or frozen pieces of carrot or celery, cut too large to place entirely in the mouth. Carrots or celery may actually have numbing properties that help lessen the pain of teething.
Wooden teething toys or rings
Wooden teething toys are of course a generations-old solution to teething pain.
My personal experience with wooden toys for teething is that a baby’s preferences are truly dependent on age and stage of development. When shopping for teething toys, keep in mind the size of the object, as we’ve found some teething rings too large to be comfortable at a younger age. For younger babies, weight is also an issue!
And don’t forget the ubiquitous alternative to the wooden teething ring: the wooden cooking spoon. Nearly every kitchen has them, and they’re food safe!
Clove-Oil for Painful Gums
Among the clove-based teething remedies recommended were Gumomile and Gummy Rub.
You can also make your own clove oil home remedy. Cynthia Mosher from the Mothering forums explained:
Clove oil is a possibility too and it works very well but you must be very careful with it as it can cause blistering of the gum if used in excess. It should be diluted in a carrier oil – 1 drop of clove oil in 1-2 tablespoons of almond oil or another edible oil – and gently massaged into the gum.
Castor oil was mentioned as an anti-inflammatory and a good carrier oil for home remedies. Several mums, however, cautioned against the use of clove oil and clove-based treatments like Gumomile, as it is quite strong.
Always test on yourself first and remember that you’re treating a baby! If it seems strong to you, it will be very strong for your lil’ loved one!
Amber Teething necklaces
Some mums and dads swear by the use of Amber teething necklaces for getting their little one through the teething process without too much trouble. They basically consist of a necklace which is worn by the baby and constructed of amber beads of chips which are individually knotted on very strong cord. Amber when warm excrete a very tiny amount of sucinic acid which is said to be a natural pain relief. We used to sell amber teething necklaces at Mama Jewels but since a worldwide scare as to their safety we have stopped selling them. Trading standards in the UK and Australia have been concenrned that as they are designed for small babies there may be an issue with small parts and choking.
We know lots of parents who love them I think common sense is required as to how they are used.
Teething powders are another form of treatment which helps to ease the signs of teething. It is taken orally and is kind to the teeth and stomach. Ashton and Parsons are the best ones that we have found
How do teething powders work? A spoonful of this powder is placed on your baby’s tongue or directly into his/her mouth and then swallowed. It helps to settle an upset stomach caused by the production of excess saliva during teething. Many parents report that their babies stop crying or settle down straight after swallowing these powders.
Are there are lactose free powders? However, if your baby is lactose intolerant then avoid giving him/her these powders. What do we mean by ‘lactose intolerant?’ This is a condition where a baby is unable to digest a substance known as lactose which is a sugar found in milk. This is contained in both breast and bovine (cow) milk. This intolerance causes a range of symptoms such as a stomach upset and diarrhoea. This is usually affects adults rather than babies as babies have a high tolerance to lactose which is an inherited trait. This trait enables them to breastfeed. But there are some babies who cannot tolerate lactose which means changing to a lactose free alternative.
We wish you lots of luck with your baby and the teething process. Its a stage that almost all babies go through and with it comes natural side effects such as sore nappy rash, high salivation and some sleep less nights. Keep in mind that most parents have to go through this and plenty of cuddle will also helps your baby until they pass through this growing and development stage.