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Monday, October 30, 2006

When Teething Becomes a Pain...

My 5-month-old has entered that stage when drooling and chomping on everything is his main pasttime. Teething has begun. So when he really started fussing and I could tell he was getting uncomfortable, I packed him up and set off to my local supermarket to see what I could find to help his discomfort.

Whether you've been through the teething stage with your baby or just asked around, you know there are all kinds of possible solutions. Many parents swear by Baby Orajel, a topical pain reliever rubbed on the gums. Others like giving their baby a cold washcloth to knaw on. And although not everyone agrees with this solution, still others like to apply a little Jack Daniels to the swollen gums.

I knew I wanted the most natural solution. I read the Orajel box, which besides not being a natural remedy, stated you could only use it for seven days. I figured my son would be teething for more than seven days! Besides, I wasn't certain how long the pain relief could last. It might help him in getting to sleep, but I couldn't imagine it'd be enough to get through the night.

There were a few other comparable products, but nothing that impressed me. It was then I found a little bottle of homeopathic teething tablets - something I hadn't thought of.

I've never used homeopathic remedies. Surprising for someone who likes the natural route, I know, but I was always skeptical. They're so small. How could they possibly work? Well, the box said 100% natural, and the company, Hyland's, has been in business for 100 years. Also, I figure with a baby, there's no power of suggestion there. If they feel better, something worked. No telling them it was all in their mind!

I took the tablets home. The next time he started fussing and drooling, I put two under his tongue and kept my finger in there to make sure they stayed in place. They melted almost immediately. Within 20 minutes he stopped crying and fell asleep.

The instructions do mention that if your baby falls asleep, it's most likely due to the pain ceasing. It's not a baby sleep aid, in other words. I've noticed if my son has really been crying or fussy due to teething, after taking these, he's able to get to sleep rather quickly.

If you'd like to know more about these tablets, they do have a website at I was at the health food store this weekend, and I found they make several other homeopathic products as well. I'm definitely keeping a bottle of these around for the duration of the teething process!


Really Hurtin said...

Now the Jack Daniels sounds good.
I'll go home tonight and doctor those old teeth.

Brood Mare said...

Hey there ano-ma - great blog! Yes, yes, and yes - after trying many other things, we ended up with Hyland's too. The other thing that helped was nursing. That also helped the teeth work through. I know that the idea of teeth being involved in nursing sounds horrifying, but it's amazing how Momma's skin gets tougher (after nursing three kids for a total of 49 months, I could stick a banana clip on 'em and not scream - wow that sounded crass - it was funnier in my head). Oh, and for the future, keep in mind that Hyland's earache tablets work great too. Between decongestants, Hyland's tabs, and warm garlic oil in the ears, none of our kids have needed antibiotics for ear infections (knock on wood). I look forward to more of your Mommy Spot. I'm writing in from the sweaty south - guess who. . .

Piana Nanna said...

Back in the "old days" whiskey did the trick. I'm not sure if it was for the baby or the mother, though. Oh yeah, we rubbed it on their gums. Then it was off to lullabyland, and a nice repite for the parents. I wouldn't recommend it today, though. I might end up in the hoosegow!!

Anonymous said...

Somehow I got throught that process with my child a while ago ... You go Mama ... the more natural the better!!
From boomama's friend :-)

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