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Our babies are master teethers. I wish there were a contest because our children have all had teeth by the time they were four months old. One really went for the gold and broke her first tooth at three months. Four of them have had twelve teeth by their first birthday. Total overachievers. Instead of giving our children conventional painkillers for teething, we have used these natural teething remedies.
When our oldest was teething, Hyland's teething tablets were popular, but were pulled from the shelves. We went straight to the source and started making chamomile tea, one of the active ingredients in the tablets. We would brew tea, soak a soft washcloth in it and freeze it for him to chew on. Once we were introduced to homeopathy, we began giving our fourth and now fifth little ones homeopathic chamomilla for teething pain.
Amber teething necklaces are made from fossilized resin from the sap of conifer trees in the Baltic region. They contain a naturally-occurring succinic acid, an anti-inflammatory that is absorbed into the skin to provide relief. We truly notice a difference in their comfort level and drooling (don't ask me why) when we remember to put the necklace on the babies in the morning. These come in a variety of sizes, so I recommend going to a local shop to ensure a good and safe fit.
We have only used Copaiba Oil with our latest addition and it works well for him. We put a drop on our finger and rub in directly onto his gums. I may also use a drop of lavender on his cheek along the gum line.
Natural Teething Toys
There are several natural teethers on the market. Ones that have worked well for our babies include:
-Natural wooden teethers.
-Sophie the Giraffe. We have been through an embarrassing amount of these.
-Chamomile-soaked rags fresh out of the freezer.
What natural teething relief items have worked well for your children? Our youngest is still at it, so we would love to hear your ideas!
Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor or other health professional so please consult the appropriate professional before making any changes to your family's diet, health, or other applicable areas. You should always do what is right for your own personal life.