At his 6 & half month mark, the teething has begun. Here is an holistic approach on how to deal with a teething baby.
By the way, this has been my reality the last few days. Carrying my teething baby around the house through his aches & soreness. I knew something was up as soon as he started having trouble sleeping. Waking up constantly during the night. Trying to stuff his entire fist in his mouth. That’s when you know - you’ve got a teething baby on your hands. I felt his gums (with a clean finger of course) and there it was - a small hard bump. The first of his 20 baby teeth that will emerge in less than two years. Poor little guy. All this growing - that’s why it's important to be there for them most of all, and cuddle them more than usual.
As you know, I prefer natural remedies in regards to our medicinal care. During the day I give him a raw piece of carrot or apple to chew on. He also has an iris root teether, which has a soothing effect on his gums. And of course, I use my handy oils.
Here is a blend I use for my teething baby:
2 drops Roman Chamomile or German Chamomile
2 drops Lavender
1 drops Clove
20 drops of vegetable oil (almond oil or coconut oil)
Rub the teething blend on the cheeks of your baby every 4-6 hours during the day.
To promote restful sleep, I use the serenity blend oil from Doterra. But you could also use Lavender and Eucalyptus. Either diffuse in the room or dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and rub it on your baby's back as well as the soles of the feet. Petitgrain is also known to have relaxing effect.
When your baby is especially irritable, than what helps with the soreness, and fever if that’s also an issue, is homeopathic roman chamomile granules (potent D).
And what about us moms? When you're running on fumes, due to lack of sleep at night, than apply Wild Orange to boost your energy and Ginger for focus over your heart chakra for emotional support and on your temples.
If you're not breastfeeding, I would also recommend peppermint oil, which is quite an invigorating oil. Use lemongrass to get rid of negativity and victim-mentality.
But let's not forget, that not even the best of oils can replace a good night's rest. Try to manage to get some uninterrupted sleep, even if that means you have to go bed, when the baby does and therefore give up on your baby-free time.
Much strength for the moms with teething babies out there. I feel you!
an exhausted Mommy & a teething baby