Teething is an uncomfortable process for babies. As the teeth push through the gums, the child experiences irritability and swollen gums. Although there isn’t much to do at this stage than to wait it out, there are certain teething remedies that can offer some relief to the child from the pain and irritation. Home remedies for teething babies are preferred by most parents since they are safe and efficient.
Did You Know!
Most babies develop their first teeth between 6 to 12 months.
Home Remedies for Teething
1. Cold Washcloth
Why Does It Work?
A cold washcloth is one of the easiest, cheapest, and best teething remedies for babies. The cold can reduce the soreness of the gums. All babies have a tendency to chew on things to relieve the uneasiness in their gums. They would love to chew on the cold washcloth, and it will offer some relief for them as well.
How to Use It?
Take a clean washcloth and dip it in just enough breastmilk or water to wet it. Now place the washcloth in the refrigerator for an hour so that it becomes sufficiently cold.
How Much to Use?
You can use this remedy two or three times a day. But refrain from repeating it too many times as too much cold is also not suitable for babies.
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Camilia is a homeopathic medicine that is given to ease the teething pain(1) in babies. Its main component is chamomile. Chamomile is a relaxant that soothes the baby’s discomfort and also reduces the pain and tenderness in the gums.
How to Use It?
Camilia can be bought as a package containing multiple single-dose units. Break off one unit and feed it to the baby drop by drop.
Start with a single dose, then wait for at least an hour or so to see if the dose was effective.
3. Solid Foods
Solid foods offer something for the baby to chew on and relieve the irritation in the gums. You can even chill the solid food for added relief. You may have observed that your baby is chewing on stuff, thus, offering them solid food is a great way to introduce solids to their diet and help with the teething symptoms.
Take a finger-sized piece of cucumber or carrot and offer it to the baby. You can place this in the refrigerator to cool it before offering it to the baby.
You can do this once every two hours or so. Just make sure to keep an eye on the baby so that they don’t end up accidentally swallowing a piece of solid food.
Essential Oils for Teething
1. Vanilla Oil
Vanilla oil has a calming effect on the baby and can reduce irritability and discomfort. Vanilla extract for teething is a well-known remedy. Not only can vanilla soothe anxiety, but it is also antioxidant(2). Teething babies tend to put everything in their mouths, and the antibacterial property of vanilla can help in preventing infections.
You can use a diffuser to spread the aroma and relax an irritated baby. You can even rub the diluted oil on the baby’s jawline to reduce the discomfort. The vanilla essential oil should not be applied directly to the baby’s gum under any condition.
Essential oils are very potent since they are the concentrated form of the essence of plants. When using vanilla oil for babies, you should mix one drop of the essential oil in two ounces of carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
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2. Clove Oil
Clove oil is found in many brands of toothpaste. Clove oil for teething is a potent remedy since it has analgesic and antiseptic properties(3). It reduces the pain caused by teething and also reduces the chances of infection.
You can use clove bud oil and use a diffuser so that the baby can inhale the aroma. You can also apply a diluted blend of the oil to the baby’s jaws.
Clove oil is very potent, especially for babies. Therefore, you should only use a 0.25% solution. You can prepare that by blending one drop of oil in 2 ounces of carrier oil.
3. Ginger Oil
Ginger oil can reduce pain and soothe the inflammation(4) in babies’ gums. It is used for headaches, backaches, arthritis, and migraines in adults precisely for this reason.
You can apply a very diluted blend of ginger oil on the jawline at the exterior of the baby’s gums. The oil will penetrate and work its magic on the gums, and you will notice the baby has become less fussy and irritable.
You can create a 0.25 percent diluted solution by mixing one drop of ginger oil in two ounces of carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil.
Teething is one of the most awaited milestones in the baby’s life. It signals the start of a new phase in the child’s life and is also an indicator that you can start giving the baby solid foods. However, the discomfort of your child can be difficult to watch. You can try any of these home remedies for teething in babies to offer some relief to your child and make this time more pleasant for your baby.
1. How Long Does the Fussiness of Teething Last?
The fussiness from teething usually starts around four days before the tooth appears and can last for about three days after the tooth comes in.
2. Does Teething Pain Get Worse at Night?
The teething pain doesn’t get worse at night. However, the pain can impact the child’s sleep and disrupt the schedule.