You did it! You made it though your pregnancy, labour, and the whirlwind of the first few months as a new parent.  Enjoying each milestone in your baby's life is exciting and a true marvel.  Then comes baby's first teeth.  For many parents, a teething babe can generate worry and wreak havoc on the well-being of the entire family.  The most common age for the first tooth to present is around 6 months is usually on the bottom in the front.

Signs Your Baby May be Teething:

  • drooling
  • gum swelling and sensitivity
  • irritability or fussiness
  • biting behaviour
  • refusing food
  • sleep disturbance

There are tonnes of different baby teething devices on the market today, just ask any seasoned mom and she'll probably know a few.  As a general rule, make sure the teething toy is large enough to prevent swallowing and is made from a non-toxic material.  The following are some go-to tips for my teething patients.  Keep in mind, dosing and remedy selection is based on the individual and may not be appropriate for everybody or every age.

Five Go-To Teething Tips:

(Clean) Fingers Are Your Baby's Friends: when in doubt, let your babe chew on your finger.  Just make sure your hands have been thoroughly washed.  Babies like the pressure against their sore gums and will like the cuddles too.

Veg Out: For older babes 1 year or older, you can freeze large carrot sticks or celery sticks to let them chew on it. The cooling effect will help soothe their sore gums.

Calming Chamomile: in a formula like Boiron Chamilia Homeopathic Teething Remedy or as a single homeopathic remedy such as Chamomilla 200CH pellets. Dissolve in water and drop into baby's mouth.  Homeopathic remedies work well in children and are very gentle.  Homeopathic chamomile (as well as the plant version) are well indicated for a teething babe.

Teething Tincture: Clef des Champs teething tincture (glycerin base), massaged in the gums- follow labelled directions.

Tilia Calm: St. Francis Tilia Calm is multi-purpose botanical formula for calming a fussy babe- follow labelled directions

Ottawa Mom's:

Come join me, Jules and the Strollercise moms this Friday for Boomerang Kids Strollercise program in Kanata.  Starts at 10:15 sharp.  Walk, talk and learn!  It's a great opportunity to ask your health questions.