One thing most parents go through is teething. The dreaded, makes you cringe with lack of sleep, time when you feel like the world is ending. Up all night with an inconsolable babe who is in pain. Up all day with the same situation. Sleep has become a luxury. A happy babe has become a luxury. Cold coffee becomes the norm. Meals may or may not be eaten while trying to take care of the small teething babe. Not to mention, if you are breastfeeding, cringing with every suck, worried about the little daggers finding their way to your nipple. What options are there do help? You're in luck, there are quite a few.
1. Camilia by Borion* - I was hesitant to use this at first as it's a homeopathic medicine. I had heard some pretty negative things about Hylands teething tabs and that caused me to question whether or not to buy Camilia. I'm glad I did. It was our main go to. Bee loved it. She knew exactly what it was and even opened her mouth with excitement when I got the little packs out. I always made sure I had an extra box on hand as it really did seem to help Bee. I put some in the diaper bag, left some in the car, put a few in my coat, I didn't go anywhere without the Camilia.
2. Amber Necklace** - Bee has worn her necklace as a bracelet around her ankle for quite sometime. I truly think it helped. She barely drooled and was always in a semi-good mood. She didn't seem to be in a lot of pain most of the time. I wanted to see how well it worked so I purchased one for myself. I have noticed a decrease in pain myself so I can only imagine how much it helped her. I didn't feel comfortable with it being around her neck so it stayed on her ankle.
3. Rash Treatments - One of the main indications that Bee was actively teething was a rash. We never had problems with rashes until she cut her first tooth. They were pretty relentless but we had a routine that seemed to keep the rash down. We ran daily baking soda baths, we switched to disposable diapers (eco-friendly chlorine free, no dyes , perfumes) we alternated between coconut oil (our usual bum change lubricant) and Weleda Calendula diaper cream and if you don't mind the mess, lots of naked bum time.
4. Frozen breast milk - I froze breast milk in ice cube trays and popped it into one of those mesh feeders. I'm sure any frozen item (berries, veggies etc) would work with this as well.
5. Wet Face Cloth - I have a cloth teething toys. You dip the ends in cool boiled water and freeze. The baby sucks on the ends for relief. A cold wet face cloth would do the same, the only difference is, with certain cloth toys or other teething toys, not all of the item is frozen so it isn't too cold for baby to hold in hands.
6. Teething Toys - There are so many teething toys on the market, you have a great choice. Hevea, Natursutten, Ringley, Begin Again Toys, Loulou Lollipop and Caaocho are just a few that come to mind. If you love farm animals like we do, Caaocho has a goat teether. If you love food like we do, Loulou Lollipop has a burger and fries teether. The possibility of teething toys are endless these days. So many adorable options that can help soothe those sore gums!
7. Teething Teas - I discovered these after Bee was done teething so I have yet to try them. However, I do hear good thing about them from those who have used it. Check with your local holistic businesses or even look online for recipes about how to make your own.
Truthfully, teething didn't seem to bother Bee as much as it did her friends. Perhaps it was because of the amber necklace or perhaps she just that she handled it well. It didn't seem to affect her mood or sleep nor had she ever had a fever while teething. She did pull at her ears though, which is one indication that a tooth is about to pop through, and I tried to find the cues she was giving me so I could start our teething remedies before the pain got too bad.
*Please check with your doctor before using.
**Always use caution with anything around a baby's neck.
***These are just my opinions, not to be replaced from professional advice