Every baby teethes, but some have a harder time of it than others. It usually starts at around 6 months of age, with the bottom front teeth coming through first. There are many different ways to treat the pain and discomfort, and you may go through a few before you find one that really works well for your baby. If you want to stay away from chemical solutions, then take a look at our short guide to natural remedies for your baby.
Chamomile is perfect for when a child is feeling irritable and restless. It will bring relief and calm your baby, but it must be administered in the right way.
For a teething baby, dip part of a washcloth in chamomile tea and place it in the freezer. Your baby will enjoy the cold on their gums and the chamomile will help calm them. You could also give them a cooled chamomile tea bag.
Add frozen fruit and vegetables to a muslin bag and let your child explore. The flavours will be tasty, the food itself cold and soothing. The hardness will also help your child relieve the pressure on their gums. If your child is a bit older, then there may not be a necessity for the mesh or muslin bag, but be cautious of the risk of choking.
Rosehip syrup is glycerine based, made with rosehips. Rich in vitamin C, it will aid immunity as well as soothe symptoms of teething. Made properly, it isn’t made with any honey products, which should generally be avoided for young infants. It tastes good too so there won’t be any problem getting your little one to take the syrup.
It is said that amber has healing properties, and jewellery for teething children made of amber has grown in popularity in the past few years. While some mothers swear by it, others are not so sure, but even if it doesn’t appear to work, they are very pretty. Amber Pumpkin offers amber bracelets for teething children, though you must be wary of the choking hazard that it may pose to young babies.
Finally, the most convenient way to ease your baby’s pain is to simply rub your finger on their gums. Whilst the easiest way to relieve the pressure, it is often not practical for you to have your finger in your baby’s mouth. It may also confuse your child when their teeth appear and it starts to hurt when they chew on your finger.