Does your baby want to be picked up constantly? Does your infant screams with pain often and is not in a not satisfied mood at any time? Have the gums of your little one swelled up with redness or turned tender? If yes, you need not worry, as it’s a natural phenomenon where the baby’s teeth erupt through the gums. It usually begins between 6-24 months of age. There is a pattern of early, average, or late teethers. Fortunately, homeopathy is at your rescue.
Homeopathy treats every patient on their individuality and so the prescription is individualized constitutionally. Homeopathy is always safe and suitable for babies and children, and it can be given along with conventional treatment. Also, homeopathy does not cause any side-effects.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to understand and interpret your little one’s difficulties, but it can be observed from the physical symptoms. When your baby is about 6 – 12 months old and the process of the development of baby’s milk teeth through the gums starts, it may make your child irritable, cranky, experienced changes in behaviors, and inclined to place fingers or objects in the mouth to reduce the pain.
Facts You Should Know about Homeopathic Medicines for Teething
1.Babies respond very quickly to homeopathic medicine.
2.In children, the administration of homeopathic medicine is easy, as it is in the form of drops, globules, or powder.
3.If the baby is on breastfeeding, it is often helpful to give medicine to the mother based on her symptoms and constitutions.
4.Homeopathic medicines provide harmless support and recovery throughout the various stages of childhood.
5.The holistic homeopathic approach is very helpful in young developing children.
6.It’s like a boon for toddlers to treat them symptomatically, where it is difficult to interpret sufferings in their words.
Sign and Symptoms of Teething in Babies:
Here are some common signs and symptoms of teething in babies
1.Discomfort affecting the gums and jaw.
2.The gums area may be slightly red, tender, and swollen.
3.Sometimes, fluid-filled areas may be observed over erupting tooths.
7.Rubbing the cheek and the ear
8.Molar teeth are more likely to be painful and causing discomfort due to their large surface area.
9.Mild rash around the mouth due to skin irritations.
10.Fussiness that’s on & off.
11.Putting fingers or objects in the mouth.
12.Refusal of food due to the pain and soreness of the gums.
13.Cry and may have a low-grade fever.
Myths of teething symptoms:
Research has not shown any causal relationship between teething and below listed symptoms.
1. High-grade fever more than 101 F is not associated with teething.
3. Prolonged fussiness
4. Rashes over the body
6. A runny nose and cough
Home Care Tips for a Teething Child
1. Ginger Juice
Apply ginger juice on the swollen gums. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the nerve ending of the gums and reduce the pain.
2. Cloves or Clove Essential Oils
It reduces pain and inflammation and numbs tooth sensitive areas.
3. Vanilla extract
Soak a cotton swab with vanilla extract and apply it on the gums. It will reduce the pain and warm-up the gums.
4. Licorice root
The licorice root herb numbs the painful gums.
5. Facial Massage
Give a massage on cheeks in a circular motion to help the teething baby obtain relief in the pain.
Give a gentle massage on your baby’s swollen painful gums. It reduces hardness and congestion on gums and makes it soft.
12 Homeopathic Remedies for Teething
1. Aconitum napellus
Teething with a flushed face and fearful agitation in baby indicate this remedy. It helps treat inflamed gums and restlessness with disturbed sleep.
2. Calcarea carbonica
Chubby babies with a large head and how are slow to learn to crawl or walk may find this remedy effective to obtain relief in teething discomfort. Calcarea carbonica is best suitable for late teethers and relieving the discomfort occurring due to difficult and slow eruptions of the tooth. When the babies seem anxious, press his gums together, and make a chewing motion of the jaw, this medicine is recommended.
3. Calcarea phosphorica
This remedy works well on early tooth decay and when the child is irritable and allergies to many food items. The slow growth of teeth and difficulties in sleeping and eating indicate this medicine.
When the baby is extremely angry and irritable and experiences an unbearable pain and is agitating and screaming, Chamomilla can be effective in providing relief. When the child wants to be carried constantly, doesn’t allow to touch his mouth as gums are very tender, and suffers from greenish diarrhea due to teething stress, this remedy is indicated.
5. Coffea cruda
When the tooth pain is relieved by holding something cold on it, this remedy may help.
Ignatia is well-suited for an emotional, sad, and upset child who suffers from the teething pain.
Difficulty in teething which makes babies tired and nervous, sweat easily, and develop a low resistance to cold indicate this remedy. Babies with fine hair and appear to be delicate may find this medicine helpful.
Babies with tearful disposition due to painful teething may find this remedy quite beneficial in obtaining relief. The complaint which increases by the warmth and eating cold food and drinks and being in open air offers relief indicate this remedy.
Tooth decay soon after experiencing severe discomfort and profuse salivation indicates this medicine.
10. Magnesium phosphoricum.
This remedy is very helpful in soothing painful teething which gets relief by pressing the painful areas and by warm applications.
Constantly pressing his or her gums very hard and pain full dentition indicates Phytolacca.
Belladonna is the best supportive medicine to reduce pain and swelling.
There are plenty of homeopathic medicines that work wonderfully in teething children.
Homeopathy promotes the growth of very soft teeth and prevents them from developing cavities and tooth decay. Many people depend completely on homeopathy and nutrition in raising their families without taking a single drug ever.
So, if you find your baby experiencing pain and discomfort due to teething, opt for homeopathy without a second thought.
-Written by Dr. Jyoti Kumari, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah