Out of all my motherhood experiences to date, teething has to be up there with some of the worst. While some tots seem to breeze through teething without so much of a yelp, our little girl had an absolute shocker from five months right until she cut her last round of molars. It’s no wonder, therefore, that research by Nelsons Baby found that over a third (39%) of parents cited teething as the most distressing ailment for parents.
Of course, with such an extended period of teething (and the wailing, screeching and sleepless nights that came with it) you can understand why I was keen to ease the pain of symptoms as naturally as possible – living off medicinal pain relief for the best part of two years was in my mind – simply not an option. Having tried and tested practically everything in the book, I can now hand on heart say that these are my top tips for treating teething naturally every mum should know:
1. Stock up on homeopathic teething granules
We lived off these round the clock and quite frankly, I just don’t know how I would have made it through our teething experience without them. Containing a natural substance called chamomilla which soothes the pain caused by pesky emerging teeth they are absolutely brilliant in two ways – 1) that they seem to have an almost immediate effect, and 2) they can be taken every two hours for a maximum of six doses and thus the provider of peace and sleep.
What I also love is the fact that so long as your baby is over 3 months, you can also double up the granules with teething gel and not have to worry about loading their gums with nasties. Look out for Nelsons Teetha Granules and Teething Gel in your local pharmacy and make sure you always have these to hand.
2. Find the right teether
Every other person will have some recommendation or other about what teether to use, and this can be a bit of trial and error. Be sure to keep an open mind – for the longest time my little one was happiest chewing on a wet cloth that had been knotted and frozen, carrots were also a hit for a while.
Amazingly she never really took to most of the commercial teething rings out there (they were always discarded), so experiment and go with what works for you. Baking them something hard to chew on like Baby Biscotti are always a winner and a good way of getting them to eat when they would rather pass.
3. Cold stuff is king
OK, so there is not much that is fun about teething, but there is a way to shine a little light on this. When faced with teething calamity, go forth and make lollies! Lollies are a great way of a) distracting from the teething gloom and doom your little one is experiencing but also b) the coolness really does help to sooth their gums, much as an ice pack would. It’s also a way of getting some nutritional value into them when their appetite is fading. Need some inspiration? Try whipping up some pear and banana ice lollies?
4. Massage the pain away
Although at first your little one might not be all that keen on having a finger in their mouth, they will soon feel the benefits of some gentle counter-pressure on their sore mouths. Old fashioned and effective – all that’s required is a clean finger!
5. Dish out the cuddles and comfort
Out of everything that I learned during the trials and tribulations of teething, is that a little bit of comfort and cuddles can go a long, long way. At the end of the day, if your little one is in pain and all of the above has been offered, your last port of the call to help ease the pain naturally is to use the warmth of your love. I spent so many hours wearing our little one on a carrier during her worst teething moments, and it’s incredible the instant relief that can bring.
Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules cost £5.57 and Nelsons Teetha Teething Gel costs £4.95. Both are available from Boots, Tesco, Asda and Superdrug. For more information visit www.nelsonsbaby.com.
*This post is in collaboration with Nelsons Baby. All opinions are my own.