A baby’s milk teeth (first teeth)usually develop while the child is growing in the womb.
In most babies, these teeth start to emerge through the gums when they are around six months old. However, all babies are different and the timing of teething varies.
Some babies are born with their first teeth. Others start teething before they are four months old, and some after 12 months. Early teething should not cause a child any problems, unless it affects their feeding.
Some babies show very few signs or symptoms of teething, while others find it painful. However, there ways you can make teething easier for your child.
Teething Symptoms Can Include:
- Lots of dribbling
- Sore, swollen gums
- Red, flushed cheeks
- Restlessness and disturbed nights
- Irritability or grumpiness
- Chewing on fingers, toys or teething rings
- Rejecting breast or poor appetite
- More demand for breast-feeding
- A raised temperature
- Rubbing the cheek or ear on the side the new tooth is coming through
The level of pain that a baby can handle will be different for each child. Some may be a lot fussier than others while they are teething. The soreness and swelling of the gums before a tooth comes through is the cause for the pain and fussiness a baby experiences during this change.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
The first thing you can do is give your baby something hard to chew on.
Give your baby some fruit to chew on. Offer your baby a wedge of apple or a carrot (not miniature ones which can get stuck in their throat but a full-sized one). Peel and wash properly. The chewing relieves the irritation and pain in the gums.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your baby’s system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
German chamomile, often under the name chamomilla, is one of the most common supplements recommended for teething, according to a review of homeopathic products in the January 2010 “Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.” German chamomile differs from Roman chamomile, which is not safe for babies. Talk to your health practitioner before giving any supplement to your child, because only he can judge if German chamomile is safe. Do not give a child under 5 more than 1/2 cup of chamomile tea a day. Your health practitioner may recommend a dose as small as 1 to 2 oz. a day.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Massing the gums helps relieve discomfort caused by the pressure of the tooth trying to erupt below. Before a tooth erupts past the surface, use your clean finger to rub the gums. Once the tooth breaks through the gum, wet a washcloth with cool water and massage the gums. Clean the washcloth before using it in your baby’s mouth again. You can also massage the gums.
We know that stress has a negative impact on the immune system and a compromised immune system is a key factor in the development of an abscess. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Practice Meditation: Meditation has been scientifically shown to relieve stress, as well as to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Ayurveda understands that the act of teeth cutting through the gums aggravates Pitta dosha resulting in Pitta imbalances such as inflammation, excess heat, diarrhoea and even fevers. In reaction to the sharp, heat exhibited by these Pitta symptoms, the body produces excess Kapha to soothe Pitta’s heat. Babies tend to have runny noses and dribble more around this time.
Balancing Pitta is the first step to making teething more comfortable for your child. Cooling fruit such as watermelon, pears and grapes can soothe the discomfort of inflamed gums. If the child has a few teeth already, a cold apple peeled or grated can be very satisfying and pacifying to chew on. Reduce Pitta increasing food such as pineapple, tomatoes, oranges and food with colouring or preservatives. Water play, cool baths and being in nature not only helps to take your child’s awareness from their discomfort but these soothing activities also help reduce Pitta’s fire.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
The growth of teeth in babies begins from between 5 to 9 months and is usually completed around 20 to 30 months of age. The quality and strength of the teeth, in the opinion of Chinese medicine, depends upon two main factors: the strength of the kidneys and a healthy digestive system.
The Kidneys play an important role in that they govern growth and development and also produce marrow and control the bones. Teeth are considered to be part of the bones in Chinese medicine and the kidneys give nutrition to strengthen them. The production of strong, healthy teeth therefore relies upon the quality of the Kidney Essence, which is partly inherited from the parents and is nourished from the food that is consumed after birth.
Babies and young children have very weak digestive systems and care needs to be taken not to overload or put these delicate systems under pressure. Ensuring that babies are given food that is warm, bland and overcooked will aid in digestion and allow easier absorption of nutrients.
Consuming food and drink that contain too much sugar will not only rot the teeth but will also weaken the digestive system and potentially upset other functions within the body. Spicy foods should also be avoided as they can generate too much Heat internally.
Also important is that the child has a bowel movement every day. If the stool is very smelly, green or dark it indicates that there is too much Heat in the large intestine, which will also affect the mouth and teeth and can also cause mouth ulcers and toothache.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
If you decide to use aromatherapy for your teething baby, you might become overwhelmed with the sheer amount of oils there are to choose from. Lavender, chamomile and vanilla are good choices for teething babies, according to Valerie Ann Wormwood, author of “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child.” These oils have a soothing, calming effect that can help soothe and relax irritable and distressed babies during a particularly uncomfortable teething period.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Teething is always uncomfortable, but some babies and toddlers feel more miserable than others. Episodes begin around four months of age and occur at intervals until age two or later. Babies are usually cranky or tearful, drool profusely, and feel a need to press their gums or bite down hard on toys. Sometimes a teething baby refuses to eat or nurse. The stress and discomfort of teething can lower a child’s resistance to infection. Runny noses, rashes on the chin, spitting up of swallowed saliva, or mild diarrhea can occur without infection—but fever and symptoms of actual illness are not “just teething.”Any illness needs attention of its own. Homeopathic remedies are a safe, non-toxic way to help relieve the pain and make the baby happier.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Aconitum Apellus: If teething is very painful, and the baby seems agitated or fearful, this remedy can often bring relief. The baby’s face may be flushed, the gums may look inflamed, and sleep can be very restless.
Belladonna: Intense inflammation and gum pain, with flushing of the face and a feeling of heat, often indicate a need for this remedy. The baby is restless, easily startled, and may tend to cry out during sleep.
Calcarea Carbonica: If teething is late to begin, then slow and difficult, this remedy can be helpful. The baby may seem sad or anxious with the pain, making chewing motions and pressing his gums together, often even while sleeping. Babies who need this remedy are usually chubby, slow to learn to crawl or walk, and their heads often sweat during naps or sleep at night.
Calcarea Phosphorica: This remedy may be helpful to a child whose teeth are late to come in, with aching in the gums and trouble sleeping. Irritability, picky eating habits, and stomachaches are other indications. A child who needs this remedy often is allergic to many foods and may tend toward early tooth decay.
Chamomilla: This remedy is often indicated when a child seems extremely irritable or angry and the pain appears to be unbearable. Babies may feel agitated, scream and hit, and want to be rocked or carried constantly to distract them from the pain. The gums may be so tender that touching them is intolerable — or they may feel better from hard pressure and biting down on something cold. Greenish diarrhea that occurs because of teething stress is another indication for Chamomilla.
Coffea cruda: This remedy can be helpful when a child seems excitable and has trouble sleeping because of teething pain. Distressing pain in the gums often is relieved by holding something cold on them.
Ignatia: If a child seems very emotional, upset, or sad because of teething, this remedy may bring relief. The baby’s sleep may be light and restless, with jerking or twitching in the arms and legs.
Kreosotum: This remedy may be helpful if the child has irritating saliva and severe discomfort during teething. Teeth that decay soon after coming in often indicate a need forKreosotum.
Magnesia Phosphorica: This remedy is often helpful for painful teething, relieved by pressing on the painful area and by heat. The baby may seem happier when drinking something warm from a cup or bottle, or when biting down on an object. A warm washcloth or hot water bottle held against the cheek may also help relieve the pain.
Phytolacca: This remedy may be indicated if a baby with teething pain constantly presses his or her gums together very hard, or tries to bite down on anything in reach.
Pulsatilla: A baby who is very tearful during teething and wants to be constantly held and comforted may respond to this remedy. Biting on something cold may help and warmth increases discomfort. Cool food and drinks or being out in open air also bring improvement.
Silicea (also called Silica): Slow, difficult teething that makes the baby tired and nervous may be helped by this remedy. Children who need Silica often have fine hair and seem a little delicate, with low resistance to colds or other illnesses.
Sulphur: This remedy may be indicated if a reddish irritation or rash develops on the baby’s chin or diaper area during teething episodes. Diarrhea (often whitish) may occur because of stress. The baby is irritable and anxious, feeling worse from being warm.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions:
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
Passionflower – The fruit, leaves and flowers of the Passionflower plant are edible and medicinal. The herb contains flavonoids that have a mild sedative and anti-anxiety affect. Passionflower can be added to salad or soups. The flowers, leaves and stems are often made into a medicinal tea using boiling water. One method to alleviate teething symptoms is to steep passionflower in boiling water for 10 minutes. Then, soak a small washcloth in the tea and place the washcloth in the freezer for at least an hour. Allow the infant to chew or suck on the cold cloth for up to 10 minutes at a time.
Cloves – Cloves are unopened flower buds from an evergreen Clove tree. The buds exhibit mild anesthetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Coves can be added to teas or compresses. Some parents string coves on a teething necklace to deliver the essential oils to the teething baby.
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Top teething remedies: a natural approach www.youtube.com/watch?v=cE-iZlXjjSI
Further Information (links and books)
Natural ways to help teething babies www.livestrong.com/article/504598-natural-ways-to-help-teething-babies/
Homeopathic remedies for teething www.truestarhealth.com/Notes/2260005.html
An ayurvedic approach to teething wellbeingmagazine.co.uk/article/ayurevedic-approach-childhood-teething
Chinese medicine and teething books.google.co.uk/books?id=IweR3vK1CBcC&pg=PA85&lpg=PA85&dq=teething+chinese+medicine&source=bl&ots=PiAaQ5N7sM&sig=1TR08wazEOMXBvfakQgzoPQgBBw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=MDkJUa24MYia0QXzlYGgBw&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAA
Aromatherapy for a healthy child with teething pain www.livestrong.com/article/555967-aromatherapy-for-a-healthy-child-with-teething-pain/