Alternative therapies for temporary teething discomforts.

It happens all too much. Someone on my friends list asks for thoughts of a solution to a situation their child is dealing with. This time, the occasional pain and discomfort that comes along when a new baby begins to get their first chompers.

The post blows up with suggestions…. and joking or not, when you tell a new mom a suggestion she just may try anything to help her baby without researching the risks she may be exposing her child to.

I usually scroll by, because my suggestion is not always the popular one. It’s usually over looked because of its lack in popularity or inability to be a “quick fix”.  As time passes, i am being asked for my opinion and that makes me happy. Not because of vanity, but because people are learning, being educated, and using more natural approaches to some of the situations they occasionally come across.

So what would you suggest to this new mom with a new baby beginning to feel the occasional discomforts of those fresh chompers coming in?

Frozen food for them to “chew” on, even if they are well below the solid food age?

Whiskey…. yes some have suggested this, and yes, in the old day people have used it. For me being an ex-drinker this would never be an option…. but that’s another story.

A popular brand of pain relieving medication you can buy over the counter?

That last one, the popular brand of medication is just that, popular, and gets suggested time after time. People get stuck on a brand name and then its familiar and trusted, but like many of the “over the counter” medications on the market today, the makers are still learning about the side effects of these medications. Learning about the side effects as the public uses them.

There have been several articles about the dangers of using acetaminophen and risks of overdose.  Here is a small example…

“One of the country’s most popular over-the-counter painkillers — acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol — also kills the most people, according to data from the federal government. Over 150 Americans die each year on average after accidentally taking too much. And it requires a lot less to endanger you than you may know. We reported this alongside ProPublica.” © 1995-2015 Chicago Public Media & Ira Glass

Ok, so, the simple solution is you wont take too much. Only small doses, but by taking small doses over a period of time it can cause long term liver damage. After 32 years of this product being on the market the FDA required a liver damage warning to be added to the label. That was in 2009. So what will be added after another 32 years? 32 years after the public uses more of this drug? 32 more years of damaging our bodies, side effects, and deaths.

I don’t know about you, but this is one of the reasons I try to learn about natural, side effect free, solutions. For that occasional discomfort and pain that comes with  new chompers my first choice?

Clove. The active principles in the clove are known to have antioxidant, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties. Clove can be very hot and burning when used in high concentrated forms. This would give the opposite of the desired effect.

Studies clove oil have resulted in it being used on infants who are teething. In extremely diluted form, it can be applied to a baby’s gums, and the antiseptic and soothing qualities of the oil can ease their pain and reduce their temporary discomfort.

Gentle massage along the jaw line will also relieve built up muscle tension. I sometimes massage on a heavily diluted oil mixture of coconut oil and lavender essential oil. This also gives you time to connect with your child and calm them.

Other great alternatives are:

  • Teethers – there are wooden options if you don’t like the idea of your child chewing on plastic.
  • A cold wet rag – wet a washcloth and place it in the freezer. Give to the baby to chew on. Make sure the rag isn’t frayed so there is no risk of choking.
  • Amber teething necklace – I also used this with my son since 3 months and he still has it on at 3 years old. He never played with it or chewed on it. I have taken it off of him once, but he asked for it to be back on.

What natural remedies have helped you?

Here is my 1st son, Atreyu, showing off his love for water and his amber necklace.





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