You probably are sitting here right now cradling your precious baby to a blissful sleep after a very lengthy day. The day didn’t just “go by slow”. Your bundle or big bundle of joy was more accurately screaming their heads off (to the point you were surprise it didn’t fly off) earlier today because of a very special word: teething.
What is teething?
Teething is just a word used for babies when they are starting to develop their first set of teeth.
How do you know if your baby is teething?
- Your baby may be more irritable.
- Drooling excessively.
- Sticking fingers in their mouth.
- Gnawing on everything like a pup to a chew toy.
- Fights eating.
- Isn’t as interested in solids as they were (if they were eating solids).
- Fights sleeping.
- Wants mommy and daddy more to be there to comfort them.
- Crying. Lots of crying.
- Here’s the “least” obvious one: you feel a tooth coming in!
“Give them some Tylenol they will be fine.”
I really cannot express enough the complete opposite of this sentence. For starters, Tylenol is essentially cherry-flavored (minus the cherries) acetaminophen that’s “colored” like cherries with RED #40. If you’d like more information on why not to use Tylenol, keep an eye out.
“Rub some Orajel on their gums, I swear it saved my life.”
Except I don’t want to go against the FDA’s warning on Orajel . The warning essentially states that children under are 2 are more than likely able to get the deadly (literally can be deadly) side effect (minus the possible side effect of death) called Methemoglobinemia.
Methemoglobinemia is a condition in where the oxygen levels in the blood get severely reduced. Look for signs of reduced oxygen such as: pale/grey/blue skin and/or nail beds, light headedness, confusion, fatigue, shortness of breath, and rapid heart rate.
Note: this is a condition that can happen at anytime. Meaning, if you want to use it only once to “try it out” there’s risk. If you swear up and down that it’s the best invention for pain-relieving with teething because the ten times you used it on your baby “it worked like a charm” plot twist: there is STILL risk.
“Rub some essential oils on their gums!”
No. No. No.We do not put very concentrated oils in our babies mouths diluted or undiluted. Ingestion of oils is a very dangerous and careless action to do ESPECIALLY to a baby. It can result in burns in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach lining.
If you are wanting to ingest oils or use them “neat” (undiluted) please consult an aromatherapist before doing so. There are so many other natural ways to relieve teething in infants and toddlers (as mentioned below in this article) than partaking in that risk.
Okay…. if Tylenol is bad and Orajel is bad as well… what do I use?
You’re telling me that I have to go out to a field and pick flowers for my child’s teething? Have you lost your marbles? What do I do? Give them the flowers to eat?
No. I am not suggesting go out to a random field of flowers and feed your child flowers as if they were a horse.
Go to a wellness store or anywhere that you know of that carries dried or fresh chamomile flowers. Surprisingly, I found dried chamomile flowers at a Mexican Store! If you do not have access to the actual chamomile flowers, you can definitely get some pre-made tea bags of chamomile.
Definitely make sure that it is caffeine-free if you are using these for infants or children. After you buy chamomile flowers check out the tea recipe below!
- 3 Tablespoons of dried chamomile flowers or 1 tea bag
- about 8 oz of water
- Tea kettle or a regular saucepan ( to boil the water)
- Strainer (to strain the flowers out of the tea)
- Refrigerator (store it afterwards for up to a week)
- Container (store the tea after preparation)
- Put water in a tea kettle or saucepan. Boil the water. Let sit for a few minutes. It is always better to let sit until the water is closer to the lukewarm side. You don’t want to put any sort of herbs in boiling water as it can cook it way too quickly. Cooking herbs too quickly can cause for the herbs to lose some of the benefits they have. (It is the same concept if you overcook any food; it can cause nutrient loss.)
- Put the flowers or tea bag into the water.
- Let the herbs steep for 30 minutes as you want the tea to be very strong.
- Strain the flowers from the tea.
- Store in some sort of container in the refrigerator for a week!
No. you are not going to pour your infant a cup of tea for them to drink. Simply, all you do is get a wash rag (definitely use a washrag with a thinner fabric). Dip the washrag in the tea. Give to baby to put in their gums.
This pain-relieving method is definitely my favorite I use with my daughter whenever some teeth are popping through and here’s why:
- I know exactly what is in it.
- Chamomile flowers don’t have the potential to cause scary side effects.
- Not only are chamomile flowers pain-relieving; they are also soothing and help cranky teething babies sleep peacefully. (If you haven’t realized, any sort of bathing wash you use for your baby usually contains lavender and/or chamomile as both of those flowers are very soothing and calming.)
If you don’t have any access to chamomile flowers whatsoever; don’t worry I made you a list below of other natural teething alternatives. Check it out:
- Camilia teething tablets
- Hyland teething tablets
- Chamomila recutita (2 30x)
**Important: The top three I just had mentioned are homeopathic remedies.
- Nuby teething tablets that contain chamomile and calendula (this isn’t the most natural as it contains maltodextrin and sugar)
- Breastmilk popsicles (do NOT freeze formula. As the nutrients usually separate.)
- Any sort of popsicle as long as baby has met all readiness signs for starting solids.
- Teething toys.
- Washrag dipped in cold water or their favorite bath sponge.
- Bath time!
- Frozen foods (again reiterating that this only applies for babies who have met all readiness signs for beginning solids.)
I genuinely hope this helps all of you exhausted and stressed parents who have had sleepless nights for those forsaken teeth that will fall out and be replaced eventually. (I personally think teething is the initiation ritual for parents).
What are your favorite teething remedies? Was your baby fussy or nonchalant like mine? Which teething remedies in this list do you see yourself using and why? Comment below!!