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Natural ideas, options and diet recommendations

The Natural Approach

Teething is a part of normal development. For many babies teething symptoms start when the baby is 3-6 months old. It can be a confusing stage for Parents as well as a stressful experience. Often sleeping and eating patterns become disrupted. Many Natural practitioners look at the baby and provide a holistic response as the baby often can become unbalanced.
Natural practitioners believe that many varied symptoms can occur with teething and that babies must be treated as individuals.
Symptoms:
  • Dribbling.
  • Mild fever, less than 38.C degrees. 
  • General irritability.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Nappy rash.
  • Change in bowel movements, often loose and can be green or may not pass a movement but have egg smelling  wind.
  • Pulling on the ears, but you should get the ears checked to exclude ear infections.
  • Often one red cheek but can be both cheeks on the face that become very red.
  • Fingers constantly in the mouth or wanting to chew on something.
  • Biting the nipple or teat of a bottle.
  • Grinding the gums together or any existing teeth.

Holistic Approach

Teething is a normal development stage but can be a confusing time for Parents. There are positive Holistic Solutions that Parents have used for many years. These can support both the baby and parents at this time.

Massage or pressure
Often, the infant's gums feel better when gentle pressure is placed on the gums. For this reason, many recommend gently rubbing the gums with a clean finger or having the child bite down on a clean wash cloth.
Massaging the jaw line can be comforting.

Cold compresses
Cold objects may help reduce the inflammation as well. Many Parents have discovered the usefulness of frozen washcloths and ice cubes for this purpose. Be careful to avoid having prolonged contact of very cold objects on the gums. Also, never put anything into a child's mouth that might cause the child to choke.

Pain Medication
There are some over-the-counter medicines can be placed directly on the gums to help relieve pain. They contain medicines that temporarily numb the gum. They may help for brief periods of time, but they have a taste and sensation that many children do not like. It is important not to let the medicine numb the throat because this may interfere with the normal gag reflex and may make it possible for food to be aspirated and get into the lungs. For this reason, many doctors do not recommend the use of these medicines. While some parents endorse topical medications, studies have not consistently shown their benefit.
Some Parents prefer to give medicines that are taken by mouth to help reduce the pain: Medications should be used only for the few times when the other home-care methods do not help. Caution should be taken not to over-medicate for teething. The medicine may mask significant symptoms that could be important to know about. Getting medical advice from your Doctor is important before self prescribing.

Amber Teething Beads
A Little History;
Bernstein is a German word and translates to Amber. Amber is a natural fossil resin and comes chiefly from the resins of pine trees that grew in northern Europe millions of years ago. The largest supply of Amber lies in the Baltic Sea area. Experts consider this Amber to be the only true Amber. Several thousand years ago the ancient Greeks observed that Amber attracted bits of lightweight material, such as feathers or straw, after it was rubbed with cloth. Although the Greeks did not know about electrical charge they were actually experimenting with static electricity when they rubbed Amber. It is the electrical charge that gives the healing power to the Amber stone. Interestingly, the Greek word for Amber is Elektron – the English words for electricity and electron come from this word.
Amber for Natural Healing;
So for hundreds of years, the properties of Amber were well known and it has been used through all centuries in the healing process, but, like so many other natural healing remedies was forgotten or ignored with the arrival of modern medicines.
Amber is a Bio-transmitter comparable to aromatherapy and homeopathy.
The necklace is worn under the clothing next to the skin. It is best worn all the time removing only to clean or when the child is swimming or bathing.
In our experience the child rarely touches or fiddles with the necklace. When the Amber is rubbed against cloth it stores an electro-negative charge; it is this stored loading that produces the healing effect. Similar to that of a copper bracelet worn by an arthritis sufferer.
It used to be traditional in parts of old Europe to hand the Bernstein necklace from one generation to the other just as it was traditional to do so with the christening gown. Today in Europe many children wear the beads from 3 months to around 7 years. We suggest that your child wear the necklace at least until they are approx. 3-4 years when the rear molars have erupted.
General Care of the Necklace;
Please remove the necklace before swimming or bathing. Whilst the necklace will cope with getting wet, we have experienced that the chlorine and other chemicals used in swimming and spa pools and the detergents in bath soaps and shampoos are having a detrimental effect on the silk threading. Once the necklace is wet it is essential that the necklace be removed and completely dried before it is re-worn. For hygiene of your infant the necklace must be removed and cleaned regularly. Using a soft cloth gently wipe clean each individual bead of Amber. The necklace can be rinsed in clean spring water (no chlorine, detergents please!) and left to dry in the sunlight. Keep the storage box with the soft pas for storing the necklace when it is not being used.

Ayurvedic Ideas
With teething, the baby often becomes susceptible to fevers, indigestion or other diseases.
Breastfeeding and eating should be a happy time when you share laughter, love and warmth. If feeding or eating becomes a problem when teething try a change of environment. For example: Feed your baby outside or sing while you feed so that food becomes an enjoyable and soothing time.
If the pain seems to be causing feeding problems, sometimes a different-shaped nipple or use of a cup may reduce discomfort and improve feeding.
See our recommendations for Ayurvedic practitioners

Herbal treatment
Chamomile helps with digestion and calming the nervous system.
Signs of Babies who need Chamomile:
  • Generally irritable or restless babies. Your baby wants to be picked up and cuddled but then gets irritable with you for doing this
  • Wind or digestive upsets.
  • Difficult to settle infants and babies.
  • Teething.
  • Irritable due to a nappy rash.
Kid’s Calm by Kiwiherb is a delicious tasting syrup that helps calm irritable or over-excited infants and children, and soothes upset tummies. Great to use prior to bath time if your baby gets upset.
Kid’s Calm contains certified organic Chamomile, a herb used for centuries and proven in scientific studies to be effective for the treatment of digestive upsets and to promote calmness and tranquillity in children. Flavoured with 100% natural blackcurrant, vanilla and malt, this delicious formula is easy to give to even the fussiest child or baby.

Chamomile Tea—take 1 tea bag and pour over boiling water. Allow to seep for 5-7 minutes. When cool give 2 tsp to baby throughout the day.