Teething Problems

Natural and herbal remedies for the treatment of baby teething problems.

Teething Problems

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  1. What are Teething Problems?
  2. Help for Teething Problems
  3. More Information on Teething Problems

What are Teething Problems?

The first tooth should be a huge milestone in your child’s life; however it is usually one fraught with much discomfort, crying and irritability. Most infants begin to get their first tooth between 6 and 8 months although this will vary greatly between babies. The first tooth is usually one of the bottom teeth (incisors) which is then usually followed by its neighbor as teeth tend to come out in pairs.

As your child’s first tooth begins to come through, you can expect your little one to become more fretful and irritable due to the pain and discomfort of teething. The first signs of teething usually include an increase in crying and irritability, excessive drooling and your baby’s gums may also appear red, swollen and hard.

You may also notice that you child wants to put everything in his or her mouth and is often biting on something. It is not uncommon for infants to experience a loss of appetite or a low grade fever at this time, however, any high fever or prolonged fever should not be attributed to teething and you should consult your baby’s health care provider for any fever concerns.

Teething can be a stressful time for parents too as it is difficult to see your little one in so much pain and discomfort. Keep in mind that teething is a necessary stage of development, as cruel as it may seem, and that it is not something that lasts forever. For most children, the first tooth is the worst and they tend to get easier after that. By the age of three your child should have a full set of teeth!

Help for Teething Problems

Natural Remedies

Many parents are looking for natural alternatives to the over the counter preparations available for teething discomfort as many of the conventional medications include harsh painkillers and alcohol. Fortunately there are a number of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies containing all-natural baby-safe ingredients such as Chamomilla, Passiflora and Calc Fluor.

Chamomilla is a well known homeopathic remedy that is often used to soothe irritable and fussy children and it also helps to naturally relieve pain. Calc. Fluor. is a tissue salt that helps with the development of bones, teeth and skin, while Passiflora acts as a natural pain reliever, thus helping to calm and soothe your teething child.

More Information on Teething Problems

Tips for soothing teething discomfort:
  • Giving your baby something cold to chew on generally helps ease the pain and discomfort. Try chilling a teething ring in the fridge or even giving him or a clean wet wash to chew on.
  • Biltong usually works a treat for teething as the salt acts as a natural disinfectant and the texture is just right for troubled gums. Make sure you watch your baby while chewing on biltong and cut all soggy bits off so that your child cannot choke on them.
  • Try massaging the gum firmly with your finger. This may feel a little uncomfortable for baby at first, but it will gradually ease the pain and become quite soothing.
  • Don’t worry too much about your baby’s appetite or put pressure on him or her to eat. Things will go back to normal when the offending tooth comes through! However, make sure your baby is getting plenty of liquids at this time.
  • Some babies experience acidic stools during times of teething. This could be due to the increase in saliva being swallowed during teething. Keep an eye out for diaper rashes at this time and try cutting down on acidic foods.

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