October 3, 2018
Teething can be a challenging time for baby, parents, and babysitters alike. You want to soothe the pain, but you don’t want to do so at the risk of their oral or overall health. How can you ease discomfort caused by teething naturally? Turn to a holistic dentist in Southlake. Below, we cover some natural remedies for babies getting their first few teeth.
#1: Use Cold
Take advantage of the fact that cold can help to numb the gums naturally when your baby is in teething pain. You won’t have to buy anything special for this tactic. One option is to pop a washcloth into the freezer for 10 to 20 minutes and let baby suck on it as the cloth slowly warms up. You can also encourage the baby to eat cold items like applesauce, yogurt, or chilled bananas. Alternately, you can place a piece of ice into a muslin bag and let baby chew on that.
#2: Apply Pressure
There is something about counter-pressure that helps to ease the pain of teething. That is why one of the first indicators that your baby is teething is that they start to chew on everything. To help ease pain even more, you can use teething cookies that you buy at the store or even let them gnaw on carrots or celery. You can also achieve the same with your hand — use a cool washcloth to place firm but gentle pressure on the gums during moments of discomfort.
#4: Try Chamomile
You probably already use naturally calming chamomile to soothe pain or to help you relax before bedtime, but did you know it is also useful for teething babies? You can make chamomile tea into ice cubes that dissolve in your child’s mouth. Or, you may want to rub diluted chamomile essential oil onto painful areas. And don’t forget that brewing up a cup of chamomile tea for yourself can also help soothe your own nerves during teething time!
#5: Pick Up a Teething Necklace
Teething necklaces are useful tools for babies getting their first little pearly whites. Look into the silicone options that baby can gnaw on when they are aching, or consider trying out the increasingly popular Amber necklaces which are suggested to naturally relieve pain. Of course, take care when putting anything around baby’s neck and make sure to remove it before naps and bedtime.
There you have it — 5 tips for a teething baby. Got some of your own? We’d love to hear them during your next appointment!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Preetha Thomas is a holistic dentist offering high-quality, whole-health focused dentistry services for patients of all ages. To learn more about how you can soothe baby’s gums during teething or to schedule an appointment for yourself or someone in your family, you are invited to contact your dentist in Southlake at (817) 912-1218.
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