Posts Tagged ‘teething pain’

Teething Remedies

Friday, October 21st, 2016

10-19-16-teething-remedies-option-2Sometimes being a baby is rough stuff. Teething is a common frustration to many babes and parents as they grow an amazing 20 teeth in the first couple of years of life, starting around 4 to 7 months of age usually. Your babe may settle into predictable preferences for getting through those rough patches but if you’re at wit’s end, make sure you’ve covered all your bases.

  • Is it something else? Sometimes it’s hard to tell if baby’s signs of discomfort are from teething, hunger, tiredness, boredom, or any combination of these and a number of other factors. For example, baby may be comfortable enough in spite of teething but really just needs a new diaper.
  • You may be your baby’s best medicine! Maybe baby just needs a little love. When we don’t feel well most of us would appreciate just a little more TLC. A few extra cuddles may be just what your babe needs. They provide love and distraction from mild pain.
  • Use all the tools available to you. Teething rubs can prove helpful but don’t forget to utilize soft, cool teethers and silicone teething jewelry too. A clean wet rag can do the trick too. Your baby may gravitate toward one or just prefer (hopefully clean) fingers, especially yours! Amber necklaces are a go-to for many caregivers trying to cut down on inflammation and irritability.
  • Hit up the kitchen. With your babe’s child and feeding abilities in mind consider if food can help. Freeze a juicy fruit or some breastmilk to offer something to chew on, if old enough. There are also teething foods that cater to being gnawed on (like Happy Baby gentle teething wafers found in many Walgreens and Targets).
  • Medication. Consult with your physician to ensure you offer your child the most appropriate remedy based on their age and individual needs. Tylenol may be offered sparingly for older children. Teething tablets may also provide relief, although some brands were recently the subject of a warning by the FDA, despite the fact that they were taken off the shelf in 2010 and deemed safe enough to sell again. Familiarize yourself with the risks of using some over the counter teething gels. Balm! Baby offers two natural and organic teething rub options, including one catered to getting a good night’s sleep.

Lynette is a mom of three children from 6 months to age four. She has cloth diapered all three since birth and enjoys all things eco-friendly and mindful living.

Toddler Teething

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

toddler teethingTeething has disrupted countless hours of sleep in my house. I often get resentful knowing that those tiny teeth that give my little ones so much trouble coming in are just going to fall out in a few years anyway. Toddler teething can be intense and tricky in my experience.

Not only does teething wake my toddler up in the middle of the night numerous times from pain, but the way she reacts to the pain is different than when she was an infant. She is much more destructive. I know a tooth is coming when she bites my shoulder when I am holding her. There are also the bites on my legs that I get when she runs up to my legs and hugs them. With only a couple teeth left to come in, those bites are painful since there is almost a mouthful of teeth chomping down on me. The top of her crib now looks like she shares her bed with a beaver. Even though I have teething crib protectors, she finds a way to pull them up and over and bite the wood to relieve the pressure in her mouth.

The solutions for helping her relieve pain from teething has changed from when she was an infant, too. Teething rings and frozen wash cloths are no longer of interest to her. There are a few tricks that I try in order to deter her from biting people or wooden objects like her bed. Instead of frozen washcloths, she now enjoys frozen food.  Frozen mangos, cherries, blueberries, waffles and peas are some of her favorites. I also give her fruit popsicles as a treat.  She also enjoys chewing on her toothbrush.

I feel like I am starting to see the light at the end of the toddler teething tunnel. I start counting down how many teeth are left to come in. It is tricky feeling around for teeth, but I find ways to peek in my daughter’s mouth when she is laughing or eating or if I am dipping her while we are dancing.

Sarah Cole is a writer and a stay at mom of two busy toddlers.  She is looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep sometime in the near future.


The Benefits of Hazelwood Necklaces

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Much like the amber teething necklace, hazelwood is gaining popularity amongst caregivers looking for alternatives to medication for a variety of health concerns. Many believe that hazelwood necklaces have the potential to improve conditions which are caused by excess acidity in the body, including eczema, colic, arthritis, migraines, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers and even teething pain, by helping to neutralize acid in the body.

In order for the hazelwood to create an alkaline environment it has to have direct contact with the skin. When the wood rests on the skin the hazelwood will naturally oxidize and reduce the overall acidity in the body over time. Since the necklaces “absorb” acidity until saturation, their lifespans vary depending on the person and their particular level of acidity.

To reap the benefits of the hazelwood, it should be worn against the skin for as long as possible during the day. The more hazelwood that comes into contact with the skin, the better the potential to relieve particular health concerns. It is not recommended that babies under the age of 3 wear necklaces while unsupervised or while sleeping  so to prolong wearing time you can double wrap the necklace around the ankle and keep it secure under a snug fitting sock to hold it in place next to the skin.

Unlike an amber necklace, hazelwood can be kept on in the shower since water helps keep the wood moist, allowing it to be more absorbable. However, water with chlorine can alter the lifespan and efficacy of the hazelwood and should always be taken off before swimming.

The best way to monitor the lifespan of your necklace is to keep an eye on your symptoms. If you begin to notice any of your symptoms returning, even slightly, you should consider a replacement. Also check the ends of the wood beads to see if the middle of the wood (not the outer bark) has started to darken, if it has, its ability to absorb acidity is diminished and its time to pick out a new one.

When choosing your necklace, focus on ones with fewer stone beads and more hazelwood since its benefits are increased depending on how much is touching the skin. To determine the right size, you should be able to slip two fingers between the necklace and the baby’s neck and the necklace should never be long enough to allow baby to bring it to the mouth.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at

Teething Relief Options

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Teething Relief Options

As your baby reaches the 3-6 month age range, that sweet, gummy grin begins to turn into…a toothy grin.  It’s exciting to see that first tooth in baby’s mouth, but the angst baby can go through to get to that point can be difficult.  As a new mom, I was clueless about teething.  All I knew was that I needed to do something quick to ease my little girl’s discomfort.  Here are a few things you can do to get through those first teeth.

Teething Rings and Toys:  There are many different products out there to help baby get their chew on while working on their first teeth.  My daughter loved Sophie the Giraffe.  The hooves and ears were constantly in her mouth.  Another great toy you can buy baby is a teething ring that you put in the refrigerator.  The cold sensation can help ease an aching gum quickly.  Babies at this age love to explore with their mouths, so they will be delighted to stick these helpers right in.

Cold Washcloth:  This is a simple fix.  Take a wet washcloth and stick it into the freezer for a few minutes.  Pull it out.  It should be crunchy feeling.  Let baby go to town!  I did this frequently with my daughter.  It can get a little messy, but baby will have fun and feel better.

Your Own Clean Fingers:  A quick way to relieve teething pain is to take your own clean finger and gently rub and massage baby’s gums.  Gentle pressure will be soothing to baby, although some babies may protest at first.

Teething Relief Options

Amber Necklaces: Many moms find that amber necklaces can cut down on the drooling, irritability and painassociated with teething. Amber necklaces are placed somewhere on baby (usually the neck or ankle) and help pain in the long-term—they aren’t quick-fixes. Baby doesn’t chew on these to relief pain; instead, the residue rubs off on their skin and produces a soothing effect.

Topical Medications:  If baby is still in pain, some pediatricians will recommend Tylenol before bed or every few hours to ease discomfort.  There are other products like Hyland’s Teething Tablets that can be given to aid in the pain.  With any medication, be sure to consult a health professional and do your research.  Products containing benzocaine such as baby orajel have been controversial on their safety for babies.

So as baby begins to sprout those pearly whites, find some ways to make the process a little more comfortable for them.  Toys, teethers, fruits, veggies, and even medications can all help.  If your baby is like my daughter, the worst part is getting the tooth to pop through the gum.  After that, it’s smooth sailing.  Hang in there momma.  You can do this!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of one, Johanna.  While teething has not been a bad adventure thus far, the one year molars have been the worst.  She prefers cold items, toys, and lots of snuggles to help Johanna feel better.