Natural Teething Remedies (including essential oil blends)Caroline Fenton
Probably the cruellest invention by nature. I often wonder why we’ve evolved to let babies go through the agony of teething… I am sure there is a very scientific and proper explanation. But I think it’s just down right mean (on both babe and the parents too!). Babies get all 20 of their milk teeth by the time they’re 2.5 years old (on average), with the first appearing around 6 months. That’s a long old time of unhappy, inflamed gums! While I’m in the throws of it with babe #2 (and yep, the sleepless nights to match!), I thought I’d write a little piece on some of my best natural teething remedies, home hacks and things to try (we’ll all do anything for a bit more sleep, right!??)…
But first, how do I know if my babe is teething?
Ok so this list is almost endless, but you will get to know your own babe and how they react. Hey, you may even have a bub who just pings out a tooth and is all smiles and super proud grins :) :) The top symptom to look out for has to be drool. The drool can cause rashes on their chin. They may also get red cheeks. A runny nose, ear ache (my little one always pulls at her ear while teething). The sore gums mean they want to bite down on everything. They often don’t want to feed, or are very fussy, only feeding in small amounts every so often. Generally, they are just irritable, not themselves, whiny and don’t want to be put down. Babe’s bum may also be affected, think loose stools, diarrhoea, nappy rash. Overall, pretty fun hey…?!
As a parent, all you want to know is how to calm them, how to soothe them. And ultimately let the whole house get some much-needed sleep! Onto some easy remedies you can try at home…
Natural Home Remedies for Teething
— FROZEN FOODS
Think frozen banana, berries, smoothies, etc. Pop them in the freezer and use a feeding pouch or net to let babe just suck. They get the numbing and cooling sensation on their gums, providing a bit of relief (plus some anti-oxidants from the berries too!)
Any veges straight from the fridge – think celery or cucumber – will be an instant teething toy (plus it’s an actual vegetable too so BIG win there!). We’ve also been told of the great benefits of liquorice root sticks but are still yet to try it for ourselves. They’re dry and look much like a stick. The aniseed provides a mild numbing effect that those gums will be super thankful for.
— CHAMOMILE TEA
Chamomile has a natural sedative effect and is great for teething relief. Make up a strong batch of chamomile tea and let brew for at least an hour. You can simply leave to cool and add to a bottle or sippy cup. Or for ultimate teething relief, freeze in ice cubes or popsicles. I use a feeding net with the chamomile ice cubes in (Boon also have a great range of gadgets to help with feeding and teething). It keeps bub entertained, distracted and provides great soothing relief too. The cold soothes the gums, and the chamomile calms bub. Perfect combination. Another option is to soak a clean cloth in the tea, and then freeze. Bub can then chomp down on the frozen cloth to get that much needed relief.
Either directly onto the gumline (if babe will let you anywhere near!), or on the jawline. The range of toothbrushes from Jack and Jill are perfect for getting into bub’s mouth and are designed to help massage those sore, inflamed gums. A massage on jawline using gentle pressure can provide comfort and take the edge off the pain.
The skin here is thin and highly permeable, so the use of essential oils can be super beneficial too. It’s best not to use essential oils directly onto the gumline as the mucous membranes are hyper sensitive, so applying externally (and diluted) will be sure to work just fine.
— ESSENTIAL OILS
Tiny Tonics Teething Babe is a pre-diluted roller blend of some the rest best essential oils to help teething babies. It contains Helichrysum, Chamomile, and Lavender as well as Rose Quartz, Clear Quartz, Rainbow Moonstone, and Baltic Amber (which as you know is a wonderful, natural healing stone to help with those sore gums).
For babies 3 – 6 months
Lavender is calming and soothing. It is a natural antiseptic and can help to alleviate muscle pains. Chamomile is a non-toxic, natural sedative… the perfect analgesic for teething babies!
For babies 6 months +
Lavender and Chamomile are still your go to essential oils. However, you can use others such as Ginger (0.25% dilution), Marjoram (0.5% dilution), or Copaiba (0.5% dilution). These help to reduce pain and inflammation
Clove bud is a natural analgesic and antiseptic. It is widely used in adult dental care as it can help numb pain. It is very potent ‘hot oil’ and so if used at all, should only be used at a ratio of 0.25% and should never be ingested. For babes under 2 years old, be sure not to use at all. Using too much can lead to sensitisation where an allergy is created to the oil (and even the herb).
- 1 drop Lavender
- 1 drop Roman Chamomile
- Use equal parts of Lavender and Chamomile dropped into the diffuser.
- Send soothing, calming thoughts to you and your babe.
Jawline Massage Blend (external use only)
- 1 drop Lavender
- 1 drop Roman Chamomile
- 2 tbsp carrier oil (e.g. coconut oil)
- 10ml roller bottle
- Mix essential oils and carrier oil in roller bottle.
- Can be applied as needed.
- Take the time to massage into the cheeks and jawline to provide extra relief.
Essential Oils are amazingly powerful tools to help your babes, especially in troubling times such as teething. Just be sure to follow the correct dilution guidelines to keep your little ones safe.
- For ages 3 months+, dilute essential oils to one drop for every tablespoon of carrier oil.
- For ages 2years+, dilutes essential oils to 2 drops/tbsp carrier oil.
Be sure to dilute correctly as improper use can result in a burn. It is also wise to patch test on baby’s leg or arm before applying to their cheeks/jawline.
— HOME HACKS
For those moments when you just need to grab something, anything to give relief in an instant! Cold teaspoons can often provide some relief to those pesky gums (just keep a stash in the fridge for when the moment calls). Plus, what babe doesn’t love playing with something they’re not supposed to?! Toothbrushes are also great too. If you opt for the bamboo variety, you can dip them in water and freeze for some super cooling relief. Plus, bamboo is a safe, natural material for babe to be chowing down on. Frozen flannels are always a winner as well. And if you’re game, a good old clean finger never fails for a chow down (maybe only pre-tooth appearance!)
—NATURAL TEETHING TOYS
There are so many natural teething solutions available for your babes to not have to chew down on a plastic toy. Silicone is a great material as it is soft and flexible, plus it can be frozen for extra sore gum relief. We have a range of safety certified silicone and beech wood toys that are hugely popular for teething babies. Hevea Rubber is another perfect, non-toxic material for babies to safely put in their mouths. Both silicone and rubber toys moulded from one piece do not have any holes, and therefore cannot trap moisture which leads to bacteria and mould build up. Of course, toys made from organic cotton are also great for teething babies to chomp on.
— BALTIC AMBER
Baltic amber contains succinic acid which is pain relieving and anti-inflammatory. It is baby’s body heat that releases the oil from the amber, and when re-absorbed this succinic acid can have an analgesic effect on swollen gums. It can help with the irritability, drooling, acidity and restlessness of teething babies (as well as reducing crying). It reduces red inflamed cheeks and stimulates the thyroid glands to reduce drooling. Amber boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation, as well as helping to heal the broken, sore gums. Worth a shot when trying to find natural remedies to help with teething.
— OTHER NATURAL ALTERNATIVES
There are some brands with more natural alternatives to the popular store bought teething gels. We recommend trying Weleda Teething Powder. This can be given as a dissolved solution or in powder form is bub is use to eating solid foods. There is also a brand new Teething Gel from our friends at Jack and Jill, could be worth looking at too.
Armed with all these natural teething solutions, we hope you and your babe can get some rest tonight. If all else fails, a walk outside usually cures all. Who knows why but sometimes a change of scenery and some fresh air is all that is needed (plus a caffeine hit for mama never hurts!).
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