Teething affects many babies at approximately 6 to 8 months of age. A variety of symptoms can accompany teething such as swollen red gums, this often indicates teething pain. Babies experiencing teething generally dribble more, put objects in their mouth, have red cheeks and can be very distressed.
Teething encourages increased salivation (hence the increased dribble) and their drool is more acidic, irritating the skin that it comes in contact with – often the chin and cheeks. Acidic saliva can also cause stools to become more acidic and lead to rash in the nappy area. All in all teething can be a very uncomfortable and stressful time for your baby.
Remedies to relieve teething symptoms:
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
- For centuries, chamomile has been treasured in Europe for its ability to ease tension, sooth digestion and reduce inflammation. This annual herb comes from the daisy (Asteracea) family and produces tiny delicate white flowers with yellow centres. To ease the discomfort of teething the root of the chamomile plant is given as a homeopathic preparation. This helps to reduce the pain and inflammation where the tooth is pushing through the gum. As well as effectively relieving common symptoms associated with teething such as irritability, digestive upsets and red cheeks.
- A natural form of Calcium carbonate sourced from the oyster shell, this remedy is often combined with chamomile as it helps to sooth teething aches and pains, and exhibits calming properties.
Handy Hints – tried and tested
- Immediately give your baby something cool and firm to chew on, helping to numb the gums and reduce pain, such as a cooled apple wedge or clean frozen wash cloth.
- Apply gentle daily massage to your baby’s gums, and avoid noisy chaotic environments. Calm is good!
- While teething can increase stool acidity and contribute to nappy rash so can dietary factors (for example, eating large quantities of stone fruit or other acidic foods). Address nappy rash quickly, as blisters and ulcers can easily form, escalating the level of pain and distress. To relieve itching and pain, and encourage healing, use a natural cream containing gentle healing herbs such as calendula, chamomile, aloe vera and lavender oil.
- Avoid using talcum powder, creams and lotions containing synthetic ingredients – especially around the delicate nappy region. Synthetic clothing can also contribute to skin problems, so choose natural fibres that allow baby’s skin the breath.
Weleda Baby Teething Powder contains a combination of Chamomilla and Conchea, and is in fact one of Weleda’s best selling products. It helps soothe teething pains and relieves the discomfort and restlessness associated with teething. Buy it now from our online store or feel free to check out our other baby teething supplements.
By Tracy Killip, ND BHSc (comp. med.)
Naturopath and Training Coordinator for Weleda NZ Ltd
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