Saturday, January 25, 2014

Tips and Remedies for Natural Infant Teething Relief




Little Miss Emma Bee now has 4 toothies!   Two on top and two on bottom.  Shes such a cutie with her fancy new teeth!  Emma Bee has come a long way in her teething journey.  Shes been doing great!  Very little fussing and I think we've managed to get her through it so far with minimal discomfort thanks to some natural remedies I've discovered along my natural mommy journey.  I wanted to share some of my tips and remedies with you in case you're needing a little help with pain relief during your baby's teething journey.


Natural Tips For Teething Relief:


BALTIC AMBER 
I am a big supporter of using Baltic Amber for pain relief!  You can read my review of Malia Claire's Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces.

Some of the science behind Baltic Amber:

Baltic amber is actually fossilized tree resin that was formed millions of years ago.  It washes up on the shores of the Baltic Sea.  Baltic Amber jewelry is great for reliving pain and inflammation and can also help ease discomfort and pain from arthritis, carpal tunnel, muscle aches, headaches, menstrual cramps, tooth pain, growing pains and pain from teething, joint pain and ear aches just to name a few things.  All of these pain relief qualities are attributed to the succinic acid in the amber.  Your body heat releases the acid as the amber is worn against bare skin.  The acid then absorbs into the skin and circulates through  your bloodstream and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic.  This succinic acid is also said to help boost the immune system.

So with all of Baltic Amber's general pain relief benefits, we decided to try a Baltic Amber teething necklace for Emma and noticed right away that her irritability decreases, her pre-tooth gnawing was less frequent and her mood just seems to significantly improve!  She also never grabs at her necklace or tries to take it off and the length is perfect so she is unable to get it in her mouth.  Plus, each amber bead is individually beaded so it the necklace does happen to break, it wont spill beads everywhere.  We've had Emma Bee's amber necklace for at least 5 months now and the cord is still strong and holding up well!


COLD
Emma Bee has found significant relief from cold!  We've used a cold, moistened washed cloth to help sooth her swollen gums.  We let her suck and gnaw on the wash cloth and its eased her irritability and helped calm her gum pain on a number of occasions!


We've also used cold teethers.  These teethers usually contain fluid so you can place them in the freezer and give them to your baby to chew on.  They have provided Emma with some comfort but for us, they typical melt quickly loosing the effectiveness.  But we've seen several different styles of these freezable teethers so I'm sure you could find something that works well for your baby.


HOMEOPATHIC TEETHING TABLETS
One remedy we had been told about by other moms are homeopathic teething tablets.   We've tried these and seemed to have some relief when we gave them to Emma Bee.  Hylands Tablets for example, are small tablets that quickly dissolve under the tongue or in baby's bottle.  They are said to provide a natural relief of teething pain and irritability and from our experience,.  The Hylands Tablets package states that they are paraban free.


GENTLE FACIAL MASSAGE
One great way to help sooth teething discomfort is massaging baby's face and chin and areas around their mouth. Just like a good massage can help sooth sore muscles and aches, gently massaging your baby's face in a soft circular motion can help sooth, calm and relax baby.  We've done this for Emma Bee and it especially helps before bedtime, to help sooth her pain and calm her as well.



If you have any other natural teething tips and remedies, please leave a comment and share with us!


Be sure to consult your child's pediatrician about teething remedies and other health and wellness concerns.  These are methods that have worked for our family in our personal experiences.  I am not a physician.  What works for us may not work for you.

4 comments:

  1. When my grandchildren were babies, I used to put a banana in the freezer until frozen then take it out and let the child suck on the sweet treat and soothe their gums.

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  2. AHHHH!!! I never thought of that! Thats genius :) Emma Bee loves bananas! I'm going to have to try that. Even if they arent teething thats a great idea for a healthy cold summer treat! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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  3. Thank you so much for this post! My infant is teething right now and am on the lookout for ways to relieve her pain! I've never heard of Baltic Amber before, it takes care of a lot of issues! I'll have to look into this for my baby as well as myself!

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  4. What an adorable picture! My son isn't really teething anymore, but I will definitely need these tips once my daughter starts teething! Thank you! :-)

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