Herbal Remedies for Teething Babies
Is your baby fussy and you suspect teething? Try these Herbal Remedies for Teething Babies to give your baby some relief with natural home remedies instead of medication.
Babies are cute and adorable but at times can become very cranky and as a parent or caregiver it's natural to want to ease your toddlers' pain. One of the reasons they may be uncomfortable is when they begin teething. Herbal Remedies for Teething Babies are better than medication as they are natural and do not contain any chemicals.
When does teething begin?
Teething is the period teeth start developing which usually starts within 3-12months. This can become very uncomfortable for them and painful from the sore gums. Teething may be characterized by common symptoms such as lack of appetite, drooling, crying a lot, biting on things, and diarrhea.
To ease the discomfort there are herbal remedies that may be of help and you end up not using any medicine. Herbal remedies have been used for several years in the past. One of the effective ways to ease teething is by using essential oils. Though doctors have not researched this, most mothers have tried and tested these herbal remedies and they do work.
If you choose to use essential oil it's best to mix it with a carrier oil. Essential oils are not meant to be used on their own as they may turn out to be harmful to users without a carrier oil. It's best to use the essential oil on yourself first before giving it to your baby to confirm its safety.
What are the most effective home remedies for teething?
Chamomile has inflammatory properties and acts as a mild relaxant. It's best recommended for babies as it's soothing and mild. You can use chamomile tea in three different methods.
Make a tea using chamomile. Let it cool for a few minutes and give a teaspoon or two to your infant. Or put in a bottle for the baby to drink.
Using your finger
You can dip your finger in chamomile oil and rub it on your infant gums to soothe the pain. The pressure from your finger and the soothing properties of chamomile will calm your baby down.
Another way of using chamomile tea is by freezing it in mesh teethers and giving the toddler to chew on. You can buy the mesh teethers from baby stores.
Chamomile oil works great but it's best to use it with a carrier oil.
2. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil has calming properties. You can diffuse lavender oil or use it with a carrier oil. By using a diffuser with lavender oil around your toddler it will calm their nerves and make them relax hence, avoiding any uncomfortable feeling from the baby.
3. Ginger root
Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties that soothe teething pain. Mix ginger oil with a carrier oil and massage it on your baby's gum.
Ginger root may also be used as a teether by freezing it and giving your toddler to chew on.
Marjoram is used to reduce pain caused by muscular pain. However, it can also be used to reduce pain from teething. To use, dilute in a carrier oil and massage your baby's jawline and gums to give relief.
Cloves have numbing properties and help ease the pain on a toddler's gum. Make a paste containing grounded clove, coconut oil, and water and store it in the fridge. You can as well as use clove essential oil which works well by mixing with a carrier oil and applying topically after every 1-2 hrs. on the swollen gums.
6. Licorice Root
This is a natural herb found in several food stores. It has a nice sweet smell and helps numbs the baby's gums while chewed on. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties making it safe for toddlers.
7. Vanilla Extract
Though there hasn't been any scientific research on this. But some mothers have used vanilla extract to soothe painful gums. You can use it by dipping your finger in vanilla extract and rubbing your toddler's gums. It's said to have pain-reducing effects and hence becomes soothing to babies.
8. DIY Herbal Popsicles
These are easy to make, tasty, and healthy reason being they are made from natural fruits ex. Grapes, watermelon, and herbs. Blend some nice juicy fruit, mix with a herb like catnip let it freeze like a popsicle and your toddler will be more than glad to enjoy the taste.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is used for several things in our homesteads and on our bodies. It's a multipurpose oil. Applying coconut oil to their gums or soothing toy may help your toddler calm down and feel better. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used on its own without a carrier oil.
10. Rosehip syrup
Rosehip has mild anti-inflammatory properties. Giving it frequently to your toddler may help ease with teething. It's also very rich in vitamin C and this can help boost their immune system when having diarrhea or they are unable to eat when teething.
11. Catnip Tea
Catnip is a beloved herb for cats. However, it's not only used for cats your toddler can use it too while teething. It's very safe and it's helpful when it comes to reducing teething related fevers and calming your infant down.
How to use it, prepare it like normal tea and let it cool down. Give small amounts but frequent times to your baby. You can add a sweetener like lemon balm, rosehip as the taste may not be enjoyable to infants and toddlers.
Herbal remedies do work but they need to be used in the right way. For essential oils, it's best to mix with carrier oils and for tea, it's best to let it boil, cool down, and give it according to the age of your baby for best results.
More scientific research is still needed on how herbal medicine calms and eases babies' gums. So it's best to consult your doctor before using herbal medicine for the safety of your baby.
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