I’m grateful my toddler is past the teething phase, but I remember it well–from the tears to the endless drool, teething is a rough period for a baby. (Yes, and for mommy and daddy as well. Sleep? Who needs sleep?) Recently, some friends asked me for advice on surviving the teething era, so I turned to the pros for feedback.
Three experts cited below shared their home remedy advice for dealing with Baby Droolyface. Hang in there mom, dad, and bambino–those teeth will come a’knockin’ before you know it! You can, and you will, survive the teething era.
Clove essential and lavender oil
Dr. Lawrence Palevsky, a Long Island, NY-based holistic pediatrician, recommends parents take 1 drop of clove essential, and place it in 1 tbsp of olive oil, mix together, and apply to the gums for pain relief.
Additionally, “diluted lavender oil may help alleviate teething,” says Dr. Cengiz Yucel, a Hackensack, New Jersey-based natural/holistic pediatrician. Dr. Yucel stresses that dilution is very important, “So use a drop of the essential oil in a tablespoon of olive oil and sparingly touch to the gum like a topical application.”
He says mom and dad should watch baby carefully for any potential allergic reactions, so just apply a teeny bit of the lavender oil diluted with olive oil initially. “If there’s no reaction on the gumline, use a little more.” Dr. Yucel also recommends Camilia teething drops or tablets, which are homeopathic.
Both Dr. Palevsky and Dr. Yucel also advocate wooden teething toys for baby, sliced carrots to gnaw on (watch baby very carefully with a sliced carrot to make sure they don’t choke) and ice cubes rubbed gently along baby’s gumlines.
Shopping for teethers
Dr. Jill Lasky, a Los Angeles, CA-based pediatric dentist suggests freezing a wet washcloth for baby to gnaw on to help with their aching gums.
When shopping for a teething toys, she advises parents to look for ones that are oblong; long enough so the baby can chew on it with the back of the jaw. (Circular teethers may not reach to the back molar area, she explains, and avoid ones filled with liquid, which can break.) Teethers with softer and harder parts are “ideal” says Dr. Lasky and even better if they have nubs and raised bumps, which help stimulate sore gums. Also, says Dr. Lasky, “If frozen, teethers provide cool natural numbing qualities which helps inflammation that occurs with tooth eruption. ”
Dr. Lasky says:
- Teething doesn’t cause a runny nose, diarrhea or fever. If a baby gets sick more frequently during “teething time,” it’s because of the open wounds in the child’s mouth. And, as parents know well, teething babies will shove anything and everything into their mouths, which, unfortunately, means: germs!
- Your child will not remember the pain and discomfort of teething; only you, the parents, will.
- With a pediatrician’s approval, children’s Motrin or Tylenol can be given to baby.