Oh, the teething travesty! Your little babe is growing rapidly each and every day, and their teeth are no exception. Teething can be uncomfortable for your child and you may be tempted to run to the medicine cabinet for something to take away the discomfort, but not so fast! Many conventional medicines on the market are unsafe for very little babies and are linked to a laundry list of harmful repercussions.
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The Problem With Conventional Teething Pain Relief
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a common pain reliever on the market and often used for teething babies is still somehow doctor recommended for children who are reacting negatively to vaccines. (This is a big no-no! Read the study about acetaminophen after vaccines here)
The grim truth is, acetaminophen is considered an “extremely safe” drug. It is marketed as safe for even the youngest children- particularly for fever- and there is even an “Infant Formula” marketed to be given as a safe pain and fever reducer for infants and children. Both are given all the time in hospitals and doctor’s offices.
So, it’s considered safe and widely used, so what’s the big deal? Despite it’s widely accepted use, Tylenol has been linked to intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome) that causes suppressed immune system function, kidney damage, and many other serious ailments. Tylenol has also not been studied for effectiveness in children and most experts do not recommend Tylenol for children under 6 years of age.
Very imporantly, Tylenol (acetaminophen) depletes glutathione in the body, a very necessary sulfur-containing molecule that can absorb the impact of many of these free radicals (The bad guys). Glutathione is crucial because it is active in the brain, unlike most other antioxidants.
A glutathione deficiency could be linked to the following side effects:
- Increased oxidative stress
- Greatly reduced ability to detoxify
- Accumulation of toxins and heavy metals
- Anability to repair DNA
- Cell mutations
- Weakened cell membranes
- Reduced supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells
- Eventual cell death
- Autism in pre-disposed individuals (read more here)
“At first I thought that this was just a coincidental finding, but over the years I have come to realize that our ability to produce and maintain a high level of glutathione is critical to recovery from nearly all chronic illness” – Mark Hyman, MD. Read more here.
So you can imagine that grabbing the Tylenol at every teething episode could be a big cause for concern.
20 Ways To Get Through Teething Without Meds
*Please note that some of these remedies may be for older babies with less risk of choking. Always gauge your child’s skills and preferences and always watch them closely while trying these options*
1. Frozen Breastmilk or Water Washcloth: Sometimes the best remedy is Mama’s milk or just plain water on a frozen washcloth. Watch your baby go to town sucking and chewing to relieve their discomfort.
2. Mesh Feeders: Adding frozen fruit or vegetables like peaches, berries or skinless cooling cucumbers can really provide relief for sore gums.
3. Amber Necklace: Real baltic amber is said to have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and is often said to definitely “take the edge off” for teething tots.
4. Teething Tablets: Hyland’s and Humprey’s teething tablets contain homepathtic ingredients like chamomila and coffee cruda to calm the gums and relieve pain and irritability.
6. Chamomile Tea: Chamomile has natural soothing properties. Dilute some chamomile tea and rub it on the gums or dip into a cold washcloth for your little one to relief pain.
7. Silicone or Wooden Teethers: Stay away from the toxic plastic options. Throw the silicone teethers in the fridge or freezer for a cooling, comforting sensation. I like these.
8. Frozen Banana: Freeze this fruit and put it into a mesh teether for some sweet relief.
9. Frozen Spoon: Sometimes a frozen spoon is all your little one needs to manipulate in their mouth and hit all the right spots for comfort.
Buy a Bagel: Buy a bagel and throw it in the fridge. Then give it to your little one and watch them chomp away for relief.
10. Applesauce: cooled applesauce can offer comfort to your child’s teeth and gums.
11. Carrots: Peel and cool a large carrot stick.
12. Gum Massage: Applying counter-pressure could ease the discomfort of teething while relaxing your little one.
13. Distraction: Sometimes distraction is all your child needs to forget about the discomfort. Give them some new toys to play with or play a game like peekaboo or patty cake.
14. Clove Oil: Cloves contain oils that have warming, numbing properties. clove oil can be rubbed on sore gums to relieve pain, but only use a very tiny amount: too much can upset your baby’s stomach.
15. Momsicles: Freeze your mommy milk for a soothing and cooling relief for sore gums.
16. Peeled Ginger Root: Peel a piece of fresh ginger root and gently rub along your child’s gums.
17. A Pickle: Chewing on a cool pickle can provide relief. Be careful of choking.
18. Pure Vanilla Extract: Rubbing baby’s gums can ease the pain by creating counter-pressure. The (Incredibly minuscule) amount of alcohol in the vanilla extract will create a warm sensation that is temporarily comforting. Not the imitation stuff, the real stuff.
19. Licorice Stick: We’re not talking about the candy, we’re talking about the root! You can find natural licorice root sticks in health food stores or on Amazon. Real licorice feels cool and also numbs the gums when your baby chews on it.
20. Fennel: The fern-like leaves and hollow stalks can be chewed or sucked for a cooling, licorice-tasting treat.
21. Extra Cuddles: This may seem a little silly, but sometimes all your baby needs is some extra TLC when they’re feeling those choppers come in. Most often than not, it’s more an annoyance or unusual sensation opposed to really uncomfortable pain. Sometimes Mommy is all they need to make it through the day.
Don’t worry mamas, you and your babe will get through it. The teething saga won’t last forever!
Thanks for letting me into your world awhile,
Naturally Nicole XO