Teething Pains? Some Alternative Solutions

TeethingWhen it comes to teething there are a number of holistic and natural therapies, some direct from the earth from the likes of our tribal sisters and brothers, and some from the health shop shelves. And although there are still many steadfast believers in traditional medicines, more and more parents are choosing the natural choice to heal and promote good health for their babies, especially when it comes to the dreadful teething phase.

We are always being told that teething is not an illness. It’s really just a developing stage in our children’s journey to adulthood. However, it is one that can cause many infants severe pain and large doses of irritability.

The pain and discomfort associated with teething is as obvious as it seems. The process of the tiny tot’s small, but sharp little teeth trying to make their way through his gum is a painful one, causing these tender gums to become inflamed before, finally, piercing through the surface of the gum.

As a parent, one of the most difficult things we have to endure is seeing our children – regardless of their ages – suffer in pain. And for many infants, teething can be a constant day and night episode of throbbing pain.


The traditional medicine route

Modern medicine seems to have the answer to alleviating the pain and distress of this process for your tot via the excellent prescription and over the counter medicines available.

But many parents don’t like the idea of feeding such young ones artificial, man-made remedies. Instead, a large number of parents have, and are, opting for the more holistic route.


The safe, natural way

Health shop shelves are stocked with homoeopathic treatments ideal for soothing your child’s inflamed and aching gums. Homoeopathic remedies are safe alternatives as they combine the essence of the land’s goodness and cannot initiate any side effects.

Of course, there are various soothers on the market, too, such as gel-filled rubber teething rings. These are great especially after having been refrigerated for a while as the coldness is comforting on baby’s swollen gums.


Grandma’s choice

A smart trick your grandmother may have used back in the days when teething rings were unheard of was placing a clean face cloth in the freezer for a good 30 minutes and then letting baby chew – the texture of the cloth combined with its softness and coldness seemed to do the trick back in those days.


Amber’s healing powers

But those more in tune with the earth’s natural healing powers have found relief for their babies in the amber teething necklaces. These necklaces descend from an old traditional remedy where natural pain relief is achieved via the Baltic amber used for healing in the necklaces.

Such necklaces are said to bring pain relief by simply being worn on the body. Oils of amber, called succinic acid, are released from the amber beads when warmed by the skin. These oils then enter the blood stream, thus reducing inflammation and providing antibiotic properties.

We often seem to associate one with another, like a high temperature or fever and often diarrhea, too, with your baby’s teething. Surprise! This is simply not the case! If these two events occur simultaneously, they are more than likely not related at all and you should consider taking your youngster to the doctor – or reaching for the -natural’ bottle instead.


What teeth, when

Baby’s first teeth to show themselves (at around four – seven months) are usually the two bottom front teeth (the central incisors). Some four to eight weeks later his four front upper teeth (central and lateral incisors) will appear. About four weeks after that his two teeth flanking the bottom front teeth (lower lateral incisors) should emerge.

And then it is baby’s first molars (the back teeth used for grinding food) that will introduce themselves, with the eyeteeth (the pointy teeth in the upper jaw) making their appearance thereafter. Most children will have all 20 of their primary teeth by their 3rd birthday.


 – Bev Sinclair


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