Is Your Baby Suffering From Teething?
It is not uncommon for babies to experience Infant Teething Pain when their teeth start to appear around six months.
Babies' teeth are formed in the gums in the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy, often before the mother is aware she has conceived.
PRECONCEPTION CARE AND ENERGY PLUS PROGRAM
The section is why it is so important to embrace preconception care. Preconception care takes a minimum of 4 months. If you follow my Energy Plus Program as a healthy lifestyle you are laying the foundations for excellent nutrition and optimumn health for ‘Your Style of Life'.
By the age of 3, a child should have a full set of 20 baby teeth (10 in each jaw).
DEVELOPMENT OF BABY TEETH
Every baby is different, but the general guidelines for teeth to appear is:
Central incisors – 6 to 10 months
Lateral incisors – 10 to 16 months
Canine – 17 to 23 months
1st baby molar – 14 to 18 months
2nd baby molar – 23 to 31 months
Symptoms that indicate your baby is teething
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Irritable and restless
- Red swollen gums
- Flushed cheeks
- Sucking fingers and fists
- Pulling & rubbing the ear on the same side as the erupting tooth
- Slight fever
SOOTHING YOUR TEETHING BABY
Mild teething problems that occur around 4-6 months may be eased by the baby chewing on a piece of organic peeled apple, pear, berries, or soft vegetables like zucchini, celery (placed in a piece of mosquito net, etc.).
You can tie this onto t.he high chair etc. for convenience. This relieves the baby's need to chew on something, and the juice can be sucked through the net.
Use your imagination and only give foods (fruit and vegetables) than you know your baby is not intolerant/sensitive too.
AVOID GRAINS UNTIL MOLARS APPEAR!
“DO NOT give babies cereals (any grains), starches, and proteins until they are two years old (or have their complete set of baby teeth) because they can not digest them fully due to the absence of molars (chewing teeth) and salivary enzymes.”
Reference: (Lubke, J 1985, I had no say, Natural Living Handbook for Pregnant Women, Newborn Babies & Children, 2nd edition, P 82)
Breastfeed on demand also using attachment parenting strategies carrying your baby in a sling for comfort. I breastfeed on demand my five babies, total of 15 years. It not only pleasure and soothes the baby but makes life easier for the mother (parents)—Win/Win.
Healthy baby teeth allow a toddler to enjoy a nutritious diet, aid in proper speech development, enhance the child’s appearance, and contribute to good self-esteem.
Baby teeth also help to maintain the space for permanent teeth, guiding them into their correct position.
Early loss of a baby tooth can reduce the space for the permanent tooth, resulting in crowded permanent teeth.
Avoid giving babies sugar at all costs!
Babies who go to sleep sucking a bottle of milk, sweetened cordial, or fruit juice, retain some of the fluid in the mouth as they go to sleep.
Saliva decreases during sleep, and so the bottle milk and sweetened juice can cause tooth decay. A baby shouldn't be given sweeteners or any commercial fruit juice or commercial flavored milks etc of any kind.
Sugar is a Poison!
It is best never to introduce sugar or processed food to your baby/children's diet.
Opt for a healthy, nutritious, healthy way of eating, breastfeeding as long as possible and only give fresh filtered water as the optional drink. You will be giving your baby the best ever start in life.
There are several ways you can help your baby through the stressful and often painful periods of cutting teeth
- Herbal Medicine – Star Botanicals Teething Tonic
- Herbal Teas – chamomile
- Homoeopathic Medicines
- Tissue Salts
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
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Tissue Salt Rx
These tissue salts below singular or in combination may help with this condition.
Erupting Teeth, Infants Teething Pain
Vomiting and crying during teething. Lack of enamel.
For slow cutting teeth; also for rapidly decaying teeth, or deformed teeth especially when accompanied by runny stools.
Mild Pain, Signs of acute inflammation, Redness, Heat, Fever, Swelling
Nervous child with spasmodic, sharp, shooting pains. Better from hot applications.
Toothache with excess saliva or tears, and easy bleeding gums.
Constant dribbling of saliva during teething.
Deep-seated pain and ulcerated gums.
Below is a quick reference guide for low potency (1x – 30C) homoeopathic remedies safe for home prescribing. Make an appointment for a professional consultation and prescription for more information.
Vomiting with force during teething. Sour, greenish, curd like vomit.
For fearful and distressed babies.
For convulsions due to teething. Head flushed, feverish and hot. Restless, delirious, convulsions.
For teething accompanied by tiny ulcers in the moth, or thrush.
For late teething. Where there is diarrhoea with green stools as a result of teething. Helps the teething process in chubby, sweaty babies. Sour smelling.
Whining and discontented. Helps calcium metabolism during rapid growth. Similar to Cal carb but suits thinner children.
For irritable, cranky and crying babies who want to be picked up and held. Can't be soothed and must be carried about. Gums tender and swollen. Excess dribbling, saliva. One cheek red and the other pale. Green diarrhoea.
Inflammation, fever and generally ‘off colour'.
For excessive drooling during teething arising from sore. red gums. Worse at night. Nappy rash.
Teeth clenched or biting on everything and everyone.
For slow teething and sensitive gums with blisters.
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Flower Essence Rx
- Bach Flower Essences
- Australian Flower Essences
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.