Even though your baby’s first tooth usually comes in at around six months old, teething may begin as early as three or four months. Teething is the process by which your baby’s first teeth erupt through her gums. Most babies get their first set of four teeth—two on the bottom, and then two on the top—anywhere between five and nine months old. Typically, four teeth erupt every four months after that. By the time your baby is three years old, she has her whole set of 20 primary teeth. Her permanent teeth will begin to push out the primary teeth between five and seven years of age. Teething can be painful and tough for your baby, and her body may react to it in various ways.
- Sore, swollen gums
- Biting or gnawing on anything, including her own hand
- Low-grade fever
- Runny nose
- Ear pulling
- Loose stools from time to time
- Coughing (due to excessive saliva)
- Rash around mouth (due to excessive drool)
- Waking in the night
Teeth pushing through gums
You can improve your baby’s teething experience by providing teethers and other items for chewing, and by feeding her healthy foods. While her body puts energy into bringing in her new teeth, you can help provide nourishment and boost her immune system with fermented foods and probiotic booster.
Teething: Suggestions for Care
When your baby is teething, cold objects to chew on feel awfully good and soothe sore gums. Offer your baby a chilled teething ring made of safe plastic, silicone, natural rubber, or wood; or offer a cold teething biscuit, cool rubber-tipped spoon, or chilled and moistened washcloth.
Food and Remedies for Nursing Mother or Baby Older than Six Months
Teething can be upsetting to your baby and can stress her developing digestive system. If she is showing symptoms of teething or you sense that she is irritable, you can use naturally sweet foods to pacify her and to restore her balance. For example, give her a small amount of brown rice syrup on the tip of your finger to suck on.
- Chamomile or fennel herbal tea bags
- Frozen washcloth: soak a clean washcloth in chamomile or fennel herbal tea; freeze the washcloth, and then give it to your baby to chew on
Foods to Emphasize
Simple, easily digestible foods given on a regular schedule with breaks of at least two hours between feedings. Bach Rescue Remedy helps calm and relax your baby when she is teething. Kuzu drinks can help her relax and are alkaline-producing for her blood.
Foods to Avoid
Overfeeding, foods that are difficult to digest (such as raw vegetables and whole-grain bread), high-protein foods, and rich foods.
Essential Oils for Baby
Acupoints for Baby
- Lung 1,7
- Stomach 36
- Liver 3
Reiki for Baby
For two or more minutes, place your hands on the following parts of your child’s body: stomach and abdomen (to reach the intestines), around the mouth, and above her lips below the center of her nose (use one finger).
Massage for Baby
- Massage the kidneys, spleen, and heart governor.
- Massage the meridians.
- Massage and stretch the abdomen to promote digestion and to relieve accumulation.
- Massage the feet between the big toe and the second toe.
- Massage the hands between the thumb and the pointer finger.
Teething causes many symptoms similar to illness, including irritability, low-grade fever, diarrhea, and extra mucus in the respiratory system. During this time, observe your child to determine whether her symptoms indicate teething or something more serious.
What methods have you tried to soothe your teething baby or toddler? Share with other parents and caregivers in the comments below!
Note: The suggestions and ideas in this article are not intended to take the place of professional guidance or treatment; they are meant to complement the advice of your child’s health care provider, caretakers, and educators, while offering consolidated information to help you develop your intuition and make choices that fit with your own personal, religious, or spiritual philosophies. There is no guarantee as to the effects of the use of the recommendations and no liabilities can be taken.