Updated: Sep 14, 2018
Excessive drooling, flushed cheeks and swollen gums.
These are signs which suggest that your baby is teething.
Above all they could have an enormous mood shift!
They can go from acting like little jolly angels to lurking monsters.
This growing phase will turn them into a vampire! Biting into anything and everything, they will frustratingly chew on whatever they can get a hold of in an attempt to soothe their sore gums.
All the fury that a tiny human is able to assemble can be seen burning in their eyes.
Pulling my hair out, smacking and pinching me several times while being in my arms. These are some of the things that both of my babies did while erupting into random fits of anger during this time period.
If they were sat down with their toys, I would have to do a matrix style of dodging as everything would be thrown into all directions.
They would often pull their own hair as well and rub their cheeks. Their pediatrician said that this was because they were creating a form of counter pressure that would ease some of the pain.
Here are some teething remedy tips that I have found effective in calming them down as it alleviates a bit of their ache.
1. Teething gels
Teething gels contain a mild local anaesthetic which helps to numb any pain or discomfort caused by teething. This has been the most effective remedy for my babies throughout this phase. These are the ones that I have used on them:
Bonjela - a sugar-free, clear, almost colourless gel that is intended for children over the age of 2 months. Available at: http://www.bonjela.co.uk/product-range/teething/bonjela-teething-gel/
Osa Pflanzen-Zahngel (Osa Plant Tooth Gel) - a traditional herbal medicine which relieves inflammation and cools the teeth. Osa Plant Tooth Gel is free of cariogenic sugars. Available at: http://www.osa-osanit.ch/produkte/osa-pflanzen-zahngel/
Osa gel de dentition - a soothing gel that relieves acute pains when the first teeth begin to appear. It is also sugar free. Available at: http://www.osa-osanit.ch/fr/produits/osa-gel-dentaire/
2. Teething Powder
Teething powders are a form of homeopathic remedy where the natural, sugar-free granules are specially designed for the soothing and calming relief of the symptoms of teething. I have found these to be a powerful remedy when the symptoms were severe. The brands which I have used are:
Boots Teething Pain Relief - the active ingredient is Chamomilla Recutita 6c. Available at: https://www.boots.com/health-pharmacy/baby-child-health/teething/boots-pharmaceuticals-teething-pain-relief-24-sachets-10023059
Ashton & Parsons Infants' Powders 30 Sachets - the active ingredient is tincture of matricaria (Matricaria recutitaL.) flower. Available at: https://www.boots.com/ashton-and-parsons-infants-powders-30-sachets-10190787
3. Teething drinkable solution
Teething drops temporarily relieve symptoms of teething, including painful gums and irritability, as well as minor digestive disorders sometimes associated with teething. I gave one capsule to my babies at night which helped them to relax and sleep throughout it. The brand which I have used is:
Boiron Camilia - The sterile, single-use liquid doses are preservative-free. Its natural active ingredients include Chamomilla 9C HPUS (relieves teething pain accompanied by irritability), Phytolacca decondra 5C HPUS (relieves painful gums) and Rheum 5C HPUS (relieves minor digestive disorders associated with teething). Available at: http://www.camiliateething.com/
4. Cold and pressure
Safe objects that can be frozen and used to chew on can be helpful remedies. The cold helps to numb the pain while the pressure from chewing is soothing for inflamed gums.
Some examples of these are:
A cold spoon.
Frozen fruit or vegetables placed inside a mesh feeder for babies.
Natural teething biscuits, such as Farley’s Rusks.
5. Teething toys
Chomping down on a teether offers counter pressure to the rising tooth. This works as a good form of pain relief. Some toys can be cooled down in a freezer which will slightly numb your baby’s gums.
Some examples of these are:
Non-toxic silicone teething rings, such as Nuby Wacky teething ring
Nuby Ice Gel Teether Keys
Nuby Bug-A-Loop Teether
Nuby Spin N’ Teethe Teether
6. Herbal Tea
Chamomile is my go-to herb to help relax and soothe irritability. It is a popular remedy for teething pain. It can be given to your baby as a beverage in the form of tea.
Place the chamomile tea bag in a cup and add the boiled water to it.
Let it sit for 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove the tea bag and let the water become lukewarm.
Give the tea in small sips or you can also use a feeding bottle.
Overall, babies tend to cut their first tooth around 6 months old and typically have a full set by the age of 3. This torturing time for both the parents and the baby can seem never ending. The teething phase has been the hardest and most awful parenting stage that I have experienced so far. Mainly due to witnessing my babies feel pain for such lengthy periods. Luckily, there are several things that you can do to help your baby cope.
What teething method have you used which has been the most successful in calming your baby?