Last Modified on Oct 08, 2015
by Mama to Many
A contented baby becomes a little fussier. A baby that has been sleeping through the night starts to wake up again. Baby drools so much his clothes need to be changed many times a day...sounds like teething has begun!
Babies' first teeth usually erupt through the gums when babies are between 4-7 months old, but there will some babies who get teeth earlier or a good bit later than the norm. Babies often begin "teething" weeks or months before the first tooth arrives. Symptoms include fussiness, drooling, and chewing on anything baby can get into his mouth. Initially parents may think baby has an ear infection. Tooth pain can radiate into the area of the ear, causing baby to pull on his ear. Mild diarrhea and diaper rash are not uncommon among teething babies. While doctors disagree as to whether or not a fever in a baby can be caused by teething, most grandmas will say it can!
It can be tempting to give over-the-counter pain reliever to a baby, but teething can last a long time. Frequent use of pain relievers for teething is not safe or recommended. Likewise, use of antihistamines to help a teething baby sleep is a dangerous practice and is never recommended.
Fortunately, there are some comfort measures you can offer your baby during this season.
1. Keep some wet washcloths in the freezer. Baby will love to chew on them. The cold will feel so good on his gums.
2. Invest in some teething toys for baby. Look for all natural ones.
3. Distraction. Take baby on a stroller ride. Read him some board books. Give him a back rub.
4. Frozen applesauce or cold and soft baby food may be more comforting to a teething baby than warm foods. A teething baby may refuse his bottle or might not want to nurse. If a breastfed baby begins biting or chewing while nursing (ouch!) quickly end the nursing session, or pull the baby in very close. This is counterintuitive, but it makes it so the baby has to open his mouth and unable to bite.
5. Let baby play (supervised) in a warm bath to which you have added 1/2 cup baking soda. The bath will be a distraction and a baking soda bath may help with the pain and inflammation. Given right before bedtime it may help him to sleep better.
6. Chamomile Tea - Keep some chamomile tea bags on hand during this season. Make a cup of chamomile tea and give baby a teaspoon every hour or two. This tea will keep in the refigerator for 24 hours. No need to sweeten, it isn't a bitter tea. (And never sweeten anything for baby with honey before he is a year old.)
7. Make your own teething oil. Store-bought teething oils often include a lot of ingredients that are hard to pronounce. You can make a teething oil with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil, 1 tablespoon dry chamomile flowers, and 1 tablespoon of whole cloves. Heat together gently for an hour or two. (Do not simmer or boil, though.) Strain out the cloves and chamomile. Massage a bit of your teething oil onto baby's gums as needed.
Continue reading below to see what Earth Clinic readers have found helpful for their teething babies!
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Allspice Bead Necklace
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[YEA] I strung up a necklace of whole allspice beads for my 4-month-old... he wears them all the time. It stopped the high fevers, fussiness, and most of the teething pain. It also tightened his gums right up so the teeth could just pop through.
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[YEA] My 11 year old daughter has her 12 year molars coming in. A baby cannot put words to teething pain (though they cry and we don't always know why! ) But an 11 year old can communicate her pain. I had her put clove oil on her finger and rub it on the pained area. Within a minute her pain was better and didn't even return the next day!
I have used clove oil on a baby's teething pain. It is best to dilute it half with coconut oil, but once I was not at home and only had clove oil. I put a drop of the oil on my finger and rub the pained area. It usually works very quickly! I am careful not to get it on the lips as it isn't very comfortable.
~Mama to Many~
Root for Teething
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When my son was teething my father got something from the woods called a tredsetter root (not sure of the spelling) I was wondering where I might could find this and what does it look like?
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Root Resorption Treatment
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I know the chances that someone will be able to help me with this are slight, but I'd still like to give it a shot... I have nerve damage in my face and as a result of several surgeries my jaw has shifted and my bite is totally off. Now an orthodontist told me that I have root resorption in several of my teeth due to continuous pressure put on those teeth. The teeth already hurt / are hyper-sensitive. I know this condition is probably not reversible, but is there a way to prevent further damage, improve the pain and possibly save those teeth from pulling? Many thanks, Oli
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Hope, B.c., Canada
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[YEA] get a real silver dime and drill a small hole in the top. Run a piece of yarn thru the hole. Make the necklace short enough that the baby will not choke on it. Have baby wear necklace while teething.
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Yellow Root Necklace
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Hi i was reading about the teething stuff and i was gonna tell yall when i was a kid i wore eldridge roots that was made into a necklace.
EC: We can't find "eldridge root" on the search engines. Is there another name for it? Thanks so much!
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[YEA] WHENEVER A BABY IN OUR FAMILY STARTED TEETHING, MY GRANDMOTHER WOULD GET A SMALL LENGTH OF "YELLOW ROOT" AND CUT IT INTO 1/4 TO 1/2 INCH CHUNKS AND MAKE A SMALL NECKLACE. SHE WOULD MAKE THEM STONG ENOUGH SO THAT THE CHILD COULD NOT BREAK IT AND PLACED IT AROUND THE BABY'S NECK AND ALL DURING TEETHING PERIODS. THE CHILDREN NEVER HAD SWELLING OR PAIN FROM THE TEETHING!!
THIS IS OR WAS USED EXTENSIVELY IN EDGAR CAYCE'S WORK AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS USED IT FOR CHILD BIRTHING TO HELP THE MOTHER. MORE CAN BE FOUND AT EDGAR CAYCE'S HERBALS USE'S... GOD BLESS....
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Grand Blanc, MI
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Chicago, Il, Usa
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Lake Charles, La, USA