Teething is the period of time that parents dread. Whether a baby is getting his/her first tooth or a toddler is cutting molars, teething is the nightmare that makes parents cringe in despair. Sleepless nights, cranky children, screaming fits, and a never-ending fountain of drool- these are just some of the effects of teething that can drive you to the brink of insanity.
Natural home remedies are a must in our house. So, of course, I made it a priority to find some natural teething remedies that would be safe for our babies.
We are currently in the initial teething phase for the 5th time with our four month old. My earliest teether was our daughter who cut her first tooth at 4.5 months (I was exclusively breastfeeding and she was a biter -I was NOT thrilled!).
The arrival of teething symptoms has been surprisingly similar for all our babies. Around 2.5-3 months, I notice that my baby is starting to drool more than normal. Then comes the sucking of the hands almost constantly (or pacifier, if your baby is a paci-lover). My 2nd, 3rd, and 4th babies were obsessed with their pacifiers; baby #5, however, is not a fan and outright refuses to take one. So I noticed his teething symptoms earlier with him than my others.
I have used every remedy that I discuss below and I can honestly say, we have never had a “sleepless” night due to teething. It seems like an almost impossible statement to make with 5 babies – but it’s true!
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Symptoms of Teething
Babies can exhibit any of the following behaviors when they are teething:
- Gnawing on the hand
- Increased Drooling
- Appetite Loss
- Slight fever
I’ve often mistaken my babies to have colds, when they are – in fact – teething. Having these natural remedies on hand has been a lifesaver!
Natural Teething Remedies
As I enter the beginning phase of teething for child #5, I find myself turning to these natural teething remedies to save myself sleepless nights with a crying infant. They have worked for me four times before, so here’s to the fifth cycle!
1) Amber Teething Necklaces
Every single one of my children has had a Baltic Amber teething necklace. It’s either around their ankle or on their neck from 3 months on.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked this question: Do they actually work? My answer: a resounding yes!
Baltic Amber is found specifically near the Baltic Sea and is different from other amber. It contains a substance called succinic acid. Our bodies naturally contain some of this acid, which lowers the body’s acidity. When Baltic Amber is worn on the body, our skin’s warmth causes it to release this succinic acid. The absorption of this acid into the body acts like Ibruprofen, relieving pain and inflammation.
Some baltic amber can be fake, so it’s important you buy from a reputable store. My favorite supplier of Baltic Amber is from Hazel Aid. This family company has promised only the best to their customers. I myself have bought over 10 amber necklaces and bracelets from them. They are my #1 recommendation! My suggestion is to get this necklace for your teething baby – it’s the strongest out of all of them. You can choose between a twist clasp or a pop clasp, depending what your preference is. I just ordered my own teething baby one several days ago!
2) Essential Oils
I absolutely love essential oils! I use these amazing resources for almost every health-related issue in our household. The power of God’s nature is remarkeable. I have conducted a lot of research in regards to the usage of essential oils, especially on children. ALWAYS dilute oils with a carrier oil (either fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil) – never apply “neat” (straight oil) on the skin.
Lavender and Chamomile are my two go-to oils that are safe for babies. There are some “natural” teething ointments that are available in stores that have lavender, chamomile, clove, and/or peppermint in them. Unfortunately, clove and peppermint should NOT be used on infants. These oils are considered “hot” oils and can have a negative reaction with babies’ skin.
Use 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of chamomile in 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil. I suggest filling a 10ml roller bottle, which is approximately 2 tbsp, of your carrier oil and then add your drops. Gently roll along your baby’s jawline on the OUTSIDE – do not rub on the inside of the baby’s mouth.
You can also diffuse these oils in your baby’s room during nap and nighttime to allow him to relax and get a better night’s sleep. I love this diffuser; it lasts all night in my kids’ rooms!
3) Breastmilk Popsicles
Breastmilk is liquid gold, haven’t you heard?! Breastmilk has so many incredible healing affects. It’s been said to have anti-inflammatory properties, so it makes sense to use it for our poor teething babies. All you need to do is pour some saved breastmilk into these silicone popsicle holders and freeze. Take one out when your baby seems especially irritable or fussy and let it soothe their gums. They will enjoy the cool treat!
4) Teething Toys
It’s always a good idea to have some teething toys on hand for your baby. Silicone and wooden teethers are wonderful options as teethers because they are safe and non-toxic.
Silicone: This is a wonderful option instead of plastic teething toys that may have been manufactured with traces of toxic chemicals. There are so many cute varieties available, but these are some of my personal favorites that my babies have liked. This cute baby elephant is great for girls and boys alike. It gives your baby multiple areas to grasp and chew on. These adorable silicone animals are another great choice. You can stick these in the freezer if your baby likes the cold. They also have a sensory element that my babies have really liked. And this little oreo teether is just the right size for small hands – not too big and it can be clipped onto your baby’s clothes.
Wooden: Babies prefer various textures – if your little one isn’t a fan of the silicone then the wooden teething rings might be a good option. Be sure to select brands that use natural water-based sealants.
What About You?
Do you have any other tried and true natural teething remedies? Share below in the comments!