There is a number of ways you can help your baby through the stressful and often painful periods of teething (cutting teeth).
Every baby is unique and his teeth will appear in their own time. Anywhere between 4 – 10 months but typically beginning around the six-month mark and culminating around the third birthday.
Here’s a look at the average ages:
3-6 months: Your baby may start to show the earliest symptoms of teething, including swollen, tender gums, and fussiness
6-12 months: This is the average age when baby’s front teeth appear. Because these teeth have a sharp edge and cut through the gums more easily, they tend to appear without much trouble.
12-22 months: This is the average age baby’s first molars and canine teeth appear. Erupting molars are often significantly more painful than front or canine teeth because they have a flat, wide surface as opposed to a sharp edge. Molar eruption can even cause bleeding in some children.
22-33 months: This is the average age when baby’s second molars appear. Like first molars, these can be especially painful.
When your baby is cranky, refusing to feed, and keeping you up all night because of teething discomfort, you may be tempted to reach for the first numbing cream or plastic teething ring you can find which is what the mainstream society recommends and sells but you probably shouldn't because this artificial, man-made products can be harmful.
You should seek out a holistic dentist and do your own research before you put a potential toxin in your beautiful babies hands/mouth.
Here is a list of ‘All- Natural Teething Remedies'.
The best all natural teething remedies
Avoiding potentially dangerous teething remedies doesn’t mean your baby has to suffer while his teeth come in. Here’s a look at natural teething remedies that are completely safe and effective, too.
One of the best ways to provide relief for teething is to gently massage your baby’s gums with clean hands. Coconut oil is my oil of choice safe, nutritive for the whole family. Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). This type of fatty acid has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It is also high in the C12 chain of MCFAs which is called lauric acid.
Coconut oil also nourishes the skin used for massaging your baby and helps with nappy rash. Coconut oil is also beneficial to apply to sore, cracked nipples of breastfeeding mothers.
Coconut oil massaged into the scalp helps in eliminating sebum build-up from hair follicles and good for cradle cap.
Make massage a daily routine! Babies like adults adore the healing power of touch. I always encourage mothers & fathers to make the shower/bath routine special and massage always afterwards. Lie down in a dark room to feed your bub and watch the stress dissolve. It becomes a favourite calming ritual that you and your precious babe will crave.
Chamomile is a mild sedative that is safe for children and can ease fussiness and irritability. Some parents have found success with Camilia chewing tablets, which contain chamomile. Or you can simply freeze chamomile tea into popsicle form for baby, or soak a cloth in cold chamomile tea and give it to him to chew on.
Teething gloves are mitts that go on your baby’s hands and are covered in a durable material, (usually silicone) for baby to chew on. The Munch Mitt and the Nuby are the two most popular brands.
As mentioned, plastic teethers may be made from or filled with toxic chemicals, but wooden teethers are all-natural and relatively risk-free. They’re also hard enough to provide relief while encouraging proper chewing and oral development, but without the issues that arise with frozen teething rings. 
I used these wooden rattles/teethers with my 5 babies and coated them with coconut or olive oil.
FRUIT & VEGETABLE LINEN/MESH WRAPPED TEETHING CHEWS
A favourite with my babes was pieces of fruit or vegetables wrapped in natural material or stocking and tied to the high chair where it not only relieved their sore inflamed gums but they were thoroughly entertained!
You can now buy these commercially made ‘Mesh Feeders'! Place cooled (but not frozen) foods in a mesh feeder can give your baby something to munch on that will also soothe his gums. Filling mesh feeders with apples, pears and fruits and vegetables in season and that you know your baby isn't intolerant too. These are a great alternative to teething biscuits that are processed, high-carb, and full of added sugars. Do not to leave baby unattended while eating.
It is important to understand that when the tooth breaks through the gum (dead tissue) bacteria like to accumulate and can be absorbed into their fragile digestive system. This is why you often notice a change in bowel motions, skin rashes and hot flushed faces.
Every stage of your babies development is special but it isn't nice to ever see your babes in pain.
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.
If you are experiencing these conditions, I can guide you into wellness – BOOK NOW for a Naturopathic Consultation.
Tissue Salt Rx
Delayed dentition, children are peevish cranky obstinate, naughty at the time of teething. Dentition diarrhoea.
Bones and teeth nutrient. Prevents decaying and caries of teeth.
Pale, anaemic, rapidly growing, tendency to get a repeated infection.
For slow cutting teeth; also for rapidly decaying teeth, or deformed teeth especially when accompanied by runny stools.
Vomiting and crying during teething. Lack of enamel.
Constant dribbling of saliva during teething.
Neuralgic, spasmodic pain, sensitive to cold, better by warmth.
Gums are red, inflamed and sensitive to touch. Use this cell salt to help a fever pass. The patient will be exhausted and apathetic.
Erupting teeth, infants teething pain
Ingredients – CALC FLUOR, CALC PHOS, FERR PHOS, MAG PHOS, SILICA
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. Regular use of the indicated remedies in low potency helps teething and calcium metabolism and reduces the incidence of fever and other disturbances.
- Fever – If a fever reaches a temperature higher than 39.5 degrees Celcius (103 degrees F), please consult your doctor immediately.
For fearful. distressed may be restless and frightened babies. For the beginning of a fever, cold or flu. Will baby/child will be chilly.
Vomiting with force during teething. Sour, greenish, curd-like vomit.
For a fever that is worse after midnight. The patient is better for being cooled down with cold applications They are anxious and restless.
Head flushed, feverish and hot. For convulsions due to teething.
For high fevers where the child is dry, thirstless, restless and even delirious. Pupils are dilated, eyes are glassy and the child is hot to touch. They do not want to drink.
For teething accompanied by tiny ulcers in the mouth, or thrush.
Difficult teething with lots of saliva and easy bleeding and swelling of the gums. For late teething. Where there is diarrhoea with green, sour stools with undigested food as a result of teething.
Helps the teething process in chubby, sweaty babies. Sour smelling. Helps calcium metabolism during rapid growth.
For slow teethers who are weak and tired during the teething stage. Helps calcium metabolism during rapid growth. Similar to calc carb but suits thinner children. For whining and discontented babies. Foul, hot spluttery stools may be watery. Teeth decay rapidly. These children are often slow in learning to walk.
One cheek may be red, hot or swollen and the other white. For irritable, restless, cranky and crying babies who want to be picked up and held and very dissatisfied. Must be carried about!
Gums swollen and tender with excess saliva. Green diarrhoea – yellow, green slimy stools smelling like bad eggs. The babies head and scalp is hot and sweaty. Pain is intolerable. Convulsions may accompany teething.
For treatment of fevers associated with teething.
Teeth decay rapidly; child worries and frets must be patted all night.
For excessive drooling and sweating during teething arising from sore, red gums. Worse at night. Nappy rash.
Teeth clenched. 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.