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.
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
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
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.