TEETHING

ESSENTIAL OILS

Clove. A natural analgesic with a long history of safe use in dentistry.200

Peppermint. Soothes painful areas. Dilute before use.

Lavender. Can be used diluted and applied to the jawline.

Roman Chamomile. Helps promote calmness and relaxation.

Research
A 2006 study showed that clove oil worked just as well as benzocaine at numbing the pain caused by toothache and infection.

Home Remedy
Teething Oil. Mix 1 teaspoon of olive oil and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil with 1 to 2 drops of clove oil. Shake well and apply it sparingly to the gums with your fingertip. Reapply every 2 to 3 hours as needed. Test the mixture on yourself before applying to make sure it is not too strong.

Background
Teething can be very challenging for babies and parents. While teething can begin as early as three months of age, you'll most likely see the first tooth start pushing through your baby's gum line when your little one is between four and seven months old. Researchers note that during teething, there is a notable increase in biting, drooling, gum rubbing, sucking, irritability, wakefulness and ear rubbing. Your baby might also have a facial rash and decreased appetite. These symptoms tend to manifest in the few days before and after a tooth's emergence from the gums. Although tender and swollen gums could cause your baby's temperature to be a little higher than normal, teething doesn't usually cause high fever or diarrhea. Essential oils such as clove can help your baby through the most uncomfortable teething symptoms. Remember to use common sense when it comes to essential oils and babies—as a little bit goes a long way.

Suggested Supplements

» Pineapple Core. Allow the baby to suck on a non-ripe (very hard) pineapple core. Bromelain found in the stem and core of a pineapple helps with inflammation and pain.

» Homeopathic Teething Tablets. Made with natural ingredients that dissolve easily under your baby’s tongue.