Home Remedies for Teething Problems in Babies

Teething is an early milestone that can be quite painful. This article suggests some safe home remedies that can relieve your baby’s teething pain. Find out how natural remedies for teething can help.

By Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy

Home Remedies for Teething Problems in Babies

Are you having sleepless nights as your baby is going through the teething problem? Teething could be uncomfortable for some babies while for others it could be quite painful. There are some safe alternatives you can try out at home to relieve your baby from teething pain. 

What is teething?

Teething in your baby starts with the eruption of the first tooth from the gums. The process usually begins around six months of age and follows a sequential pattern. It occurs between 6 to 24 months of age. And by the time your baby is three years old, he will have all the primary teeth.

Symptoms of teething

Teething is often painful and can make your baby irritable or fussy, and prone to crying without any apparent reason. He can also get into the habit of chewing his fingers or toys and refuse to feed despite being hungry because his gums hurt. Teething can also cause him to drool and feel restless.

This article suggests some time-tested and safe home remedies that can help your baby manage gum pain and sail through this phase with a toothy grin.

Teething problem in babies

In some children, teething could also be accompanied by slightly raised temperature or feverish, loss of appetite and crying spells. Some babies have disturbed sleep pattern during teething. Teething is a natural process, so it is better to avoid over-the-counter medicine to relieve the gum pain for teething babies.

Home remedies for teething in babies

Natural teethers

Feed your baby slightly chilled thin slices of fruits like bananas or apples, or vegetables like carrots to soothe teething pain. But remember to look out for signs of choking, as your baby can’t let you know that she is choking. Some mothers also swear by tofu soaked in fruit juice. Another age-old remedy is a variant of the traditional kai murukku and resembles a soup stick. 

Recipe for Kai murukku to relieve teething pain

Check out this hand-me-down recipe:

Ingredients:

Raw rice – 200 g

Urad dal flour – 2 tbsp

Asafoetida – 1 pinch dissolved in water if using the cake or ¼ tsp

Butter – 3 tbsp

Salt to taste

Water for kneading

Oil for deep frying

Method:

1. Soak the rice in water for about two hours.

2. Drain the water and spread the rice on a clean cloth to allow excess moisture to be absorbed.

3. Once dry, grind the rice into a fine powder in a mixer. Gently sieve the powder to obtain soft flour.

4. Dry roast the urad dal flour till you can smell the aroma. Sieve this as well.

5. Mix the rice flour, urad dal flour, salt, butter and asafoetida well.

6. Add water, a little at a time (use the asafoetida-dissolved water now), to this mixture and knead into a pliable dough.

7. Pinch off a small portion of the dough, roll it with your fingers into long, soup stick-shaped pieces.

8. Deep fry these pieces till they turn crisp and golden brown.

Allow your baby to chew these perfectly safe and flavourful bites to help ease the pain.

Gum massage

This is a time-tested remedy to soothe puffy and painful gums. Apply gentle pressure with a clean finger on your baby’s gums to relieve the pain.

Iced towel

Place a small piece of sterilised soft cloth or hand towel in the freezer. Once the cloth has cooled a little, allow your baby to chew on it. This will calm him down, as chewing anything cool numbs the gums and helps ease the inflammation.

Essential oils and hydrosols

Another natural way of relieving teething pain is to apply diluted essential oils of chamomile, lavender and clove to the gums, cheeks and jaw. Clove oil has been widely used since centuries to relieve tooth or gum aches. The use of chamomile and lavender oils are also catching up.

However, it is important to keep in mind that essential oils should not be used before a baby is six months old. Also, only diluted forms of about 0.25–0.5 per cent or one drop per teaspoon must be used.

Hydrosols are a much safer substitute for essential oils. They are by-products of the distillation process of plant matter and are much gentler than essential oils. They can be diluted further to safely apply to baby’s gums.

Teething can be very stressful for babies and the entire household. Your hugs and kisses along with these natural teething remedies can provide your baby with the much-needed comfort and relief from pain.

Also read: Tips To Improve Dental Health For Your Child

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Written by Lakshmi Krishnamoorthy on 08 March 2017.

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