Growing up is hard work!
Teething is just one of those not-so-fun milestones that every baby must endure.
Your normally happy baby can suddenly become inconsolable and fussy when they begin teething.
As a parent, it can be frustrating (and heartbreaking) to witness…
You want to soothe your teething baby, and you want to do it as naturally as possible.
Finding the most effective natural remedies for teething may be hard.
Here are the best natural teething remedies to help soothe your teething baby.
Though you may be afraid to have your teething baby near your breasts, breastfeeding can help soothe pain and irritability, and comfort your baby. The calming, familiar feeling of warm milk running over baby’s gums can be very relaxing. Plus, a well-fed baby is a happy baby.
Just make sure you are paying attention to your baby when they are feeding; if they get bored and are done, they may start using your nipples as teethers! One way to prevent biting is by massaging his aching gums with a clean finger before a feeding.
2. Silicone Teething Toys And Necklaces
When a baby starts teething they tend to put whatever they can in their mouth. Teething toys are designed to make it easier for your little one to grasp and give them something safe to put in their mouth. There are many teethers on the market to choose from, but BPA-free, food-grade silicone is one of the safest materials to stimulate sore gums and treat teething.
A favorite of teething remedies among mothers are silicone teething necklaces. Not only are they stylish, but also make great on-the-go teething toys for in-arms babies who like to chew on mommy’s necklace. A silicone teething necklace is a safe alternative to metals and plastics.
3. Cold Objects
Using cold objects to help your baby is a great natural teething remedy for sore, swollen gums as the coldness will temporarily numb the pain. There are several ways to offer your baby cold objects to treat teething:
- Spoon chilled in the refrigerator (not freezer). Only give spoons to babies when no teeth have broken through the gums yet.
- Mesh bag feeders with frozen fruit such as bananas or strawberries. Pureed foods and chilled applesauce also work great.
- Frozen washcloth, but do not let it get too firm/hard, as the gums of babies are delicate
- Chilled silicone teething toys
4. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace
A Baltic Amber teething necklace is made of Baltic Amber that contains a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory and sedative, succinic acid. It is absorbed through the skin when it is worn by your baby and is a favorite natural teething remedy for many parents.
Not only can Baltic Amber help ease teething pain, but it can also help boost the immune system and reduce anxiety. A great aspect of Baltic Amber Teething Necklaces is that there is a knot in each bead, just in case the necklace breaks. Always supervise your baby when wearing an Baltic Amber teething necklace and never let them chew on it.
5. Lowering Inflammation
Preventing and lowering inflammation is key to helping your teething baby, as inflamed gums can cause pain by stimulating certain nerves.
- Eat Health Supporting Foods. If you are still breastfeeding, focus yourself onto a low-inflammation diet. If you baby has started eating solid foods, then have both your diets focus on a whole and plant-based foods, such as a variety of vegetables and fruits, whole eggs, different pasture raised meats and wild caught seafood, and healthy fats, such as avocados, butter, olive oil, and coconut.
- Avoid Inflammation Causing Foods. Processed foods and snacks are made with certain ingredients that cause inflammation and should be avoided or decreased if present in the diet. Avoiding allergy-causing foods such as gluten and dairy will also help to keep inflammation down.
- Keep Blood Sugar Balanced. Highs and lows in blood sugar means stress hormones are being produced to keep blood sugar stable. Keep blood sugar stable by focusing on whole foods and eliminating processed snacks. Try meals that combine healthy fats, protein, and healthy carbs to keep blood sugar levels stable and reduce stress on the adrenal glands. Try to avoid high sugar drinks and foods, as sugar will spike your blood levels and leave your baby feeling irritable.
- Lower Stress, as stress can cause inflammation. To prevent stress, make sure your baby is getting enough rest, and that they are eating healthy, plant-based foods in addition to breastmilk.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great natural teething remedy for your little one, while also having great benefits on the health and wellness of your entire family. If you are looking to use essential oils for teething symptoms, try making a massage oil by mixing one drop lavender, one drop Roman Chamomile and two tablespoons of carrier oil such as almond, coconut oil, or olive oil.
Massage a small amount on the outside of the baby’s cheek along the jawline. You can also diffuse equal parts lavender and chamomile using a cool mist essential oil diffuser for positive effects on teething symptoms and health.
When using essential oils on children, remember that essential oils are very strong.
- Never use them undiluted on children of any age
- Never ingest them – children are particularly susceptible to essential oil poisoning
7. Boost Your Baby’s Immune System
During teething, your baby is bound to stick anything and everything in their mouth, which puts them at risk for a cold or infections. Keep their immune system in tip-top shape with these suggestions.
- Breastfeeding Provides Nutrients. Babies not only get nutrients such as protein, sugar, and fat from your breastmilk, but they also get antibodies, white blood cells, and enzymes, which keep their immune systems healthy.
- Keep Up Micronutrient Levels. Vitamin D and Vitamin C are crucial for proper immune system function. While babies can typically receive enough vitamin C from breastmilk, they may be vitamin D deficient due to lack of sunlight. A vitamin D deficiency inhibits your babies adaptive immune responses and increases susceptibility to infection.
- Try Baby Probiotics. It is important for your baby to have a healthy gut, as this effects overall health as well as the immune system. Children receive much of their gut flora from their mother through birth. Probiotics can have positive effects on digestive issues, immune system operations, weight and skin issues, and mood.