Posted on: 23 June 2019
Teething is a necessary process, but that does not mean it's an enjoyable time—for you or for your baby! As a parent, you are probably looking for ways to keep your little one more comfortable as his or her teeth come in. And you might prefer a natural approach, rather than one that relies on pain relievers. Thankfully, you have a few options.
Amber teething necklaces
Made from real amber, these necklaces have become quite popular lately. You can place one around your baby's neck. Not only can your baby chew on the amber teething necklace, as they could with a necklace made from rubber, but the heat from their skin causes the amber to release a compound called succinic acid, which is absorbed into your baby's bloodstream through the skin and acts as a natural pain reliever. Some parents worry whether wearing an amber necklace is safe or if it might present a strangulation risk. You can minimize this risk by only having your baby wear the necklace when you're around. (Don't leave it on while they are sleeping.)
Another natural remedy is to wet a washcloth, and then place it in the freezer. Let your baby chew on the washcloth. The cold from the frozen material will help ease inflammation and soothe any soreness in their gums. Using a whole washcloth ensures your baby cannot swallow the cloth, so do not cut the cloth into pieces or give your baby anything smaller than a washcloth to chew.
Clove oil is known for alleviating tooth pain when applied directly to the gums. There are clove oil treatments made specifically for use in teething babies. Use these rather than pure clove oil, since you know they are properly diluted and mild enough not to cause irritation to your baby's sensitive mouth. You can apply the clove oil every few hours as needed for relief.
Chamomile tea is known to help promote relaxation, and it can also help alleviate pain, such as teething pain. Obviously, you do not want to give your baby hot tea. Let it cool to room temperature, and give them a couple of sips. Do not give so much as to displace the other foods and milk they should be consuming.
Before you use any of these teething remedies, just make sure you run the idea past your pediatrician to ensure it's a good choice for your child.Share