First let me start by saying you’re not alone in this!! To me this has been confusing and draining!! A few weeks ago i started noticing what it looked like a “white spot” in my now 3 month old baby boy gum.
He wouldn’t stop crying, only wanted to be held and barely napped during the day!
Apparently the doctor said it could be weeks or months before those chompers make their complete appearance but all i know is that he’s uncomfortable, in pain and Im tired !
So before i give you some tips on what worked for me with my 1st kid and now with my baby boy, Here’s a graphic to help understand tooth development:
Every baby is different so the chart is just to give you and idea. In my case, my baby is 3 months so its been a little more challenging. So just watch out for the signs. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Inflammation of the gums.
- Excessive drooling.
- Sleep disruption from discomfort.
- Stressful reactions in the body such as redness of the face etc.
- Pulling of the ears. (When they’re older).
- Lots and lots of crying.
- Extra watery poopy diapers.
I had been so desperate since everything with baby #2 has been so different than with my first, I called My mom and she gave me about 1,000 home remedies and things to do to make it better in a natural and safe way and so I’ll leave you with the list that has worked for me.
1. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace
This by far has been the best remedy!!! I know what some of you will say and i know theres mixed opinions about it but it does work! At least it did with my oldest daughter, she had no pain, she wasn’t crying 24/7 and she used to wear the necklace all the time. (Note: NEVER let your baby sleep with the necklace. I used to put the necklace as an anklet and then put socks, that way the baby wouldn’t take it out while sleeping).
Since i support local shops, i got mine from Earth Baby Boutique a shop in Sherman Oaks. They have different styles and sizes and you can order them online too. They retail for about $20-25.
So what does the necklace do you might ask?
It has anti inflammatory and pain reduce properties. People used to use the raw stone for all kinds of swelling before Western Medicine came in the picture.
2. Frozen Washcloths that baby can safely chew on.
Since Noah is so little and right now he’s into sucking on blankets and all of my clothing (lol) this has been a good remedy for when he’s super fuzzy throughout the day. It’s only a temporary solution but at least he can get some rest from all the itching and inflammation.
3. “Sophie” The Giraffe.
Some people swear by it… and I’m one of them! You can put it on the freezer and baby can chew on it for hours. Noah seems to really like it and yes it’s only temporary relief but hey, I will take that any time of the day. It retails for about $25.00 and you can find it at Target or Amazon.
4. Teething Oil.
I was skeptical about this one but i decided to give it a try. This company Punkin butt makes organic oils. I bought it 4 days ago and I’m already seeing good results. I mostly use this for night time so baby can get better sleep, but anytime of the day is fine too. This particular one i got from Earth Baby Boutique and it has chamomile, sunflower and clove. Just gently massage it into the gums and wait for a few minutes.
Once your baby’s teeth start to erupt, you will have to make sure to brush those beautiful teeth with a wet washcloth one or twice a day. Hope this helps! And remember you’re not alone in this! Have lots of patience and remember it’s only a temporary thing.
So tell me, What type of remedies have worked for you??
Post by: Valerie S.