Relieving baby’s teething: understanding it and coping with it
A trial time for parents, teething, generally accompanied with fussiness, is not only uncomfortable but may also be painful. However, there are various solutions to help moms and dads deal with this stage and make it a less painful process for their infant.
Teething usually starts around 6 months1. A natural phase in the development of the infant, it can be a difficult time to go through. But what is teething? What is the cause of teething and how can parents offer relief to their infant?
Teething can extend into a long period presenting multiple phases
Teething is a long phase starting at around 6 months, lasting up to around 33 months2 As a result, it is crucial to know and understand the symptoms properly and know how to cope with this painful stage.
Baby’s teething symptoms and tips to soothe them
According to naturopathic Doctor Stephanie Yaremko3, teething symptoms are easy to recognize. Painful gums, restlessness, irritability, diarrhea, rosy cheeks, excessive drooling and nighttime wakefulness are sure signs of baby starting the teething process. Dr. Yaremko suggests the following tips to help your child go through these symptoms: use a silicone teether to chew on, massage the gums with a semi-frozen washcloth, give puree ice cubes by using a mesh feeder, make your child feel more secure (double the cuddling and lots of nursing), change the diaper more frequently and use a good diaper cream to prevent diaper rash.
A solution to cope with baby’s teething ailments
Camilia*: a top-selling medicine for teething in Canada4
A solution recommended by Dr. Yaremko, this homeopathic medicine was developed by Boiron, specifically for babies and toddlers aged 1 to 30 months. It contains no sugar, no colouring, and no preservatives, is benzocaine-free and the only non-medicinal ingredient is purified water. Available in drinkable pre-measured unit doses which are easy to use, Camilia is a great solution to offer comfort and relief to your little one’s symptoms related to teething.
Recommended age: 1 to 30 months
For additional information: https://www.boiron.ca/en/shop/specialties/camilia/
To get more information on teething, and to learn more about teething timelines, symptoms and over-the-counter products and medicines to deal with symptoms and pain with experts Dr. Stephanie Yaremko, and Registered Massage Therapist Margaret Wallis-Duffy, be sure to register with the Boiron Canada’s Academy and tune in to the Help! My Baby is teething webinar, part of the webinar Wellness Parenting Tips series at https://learn.boiron.ca/
Going through baby’s teething is not always easy. But when parents have the right tools, information and good solutions, going through this period can become a truly memorable and bonding experience.
And what if your child is experiencing occasional mild sleeping disorders?
Give Quietude* a try! This homeopathic medicine from Boiron relieves mild sleeping disorders (nightmares, night terrors and occasional sleeplessness), irritability and restlessness associated with nervousness. Available in sterile and drinkable unit-doses for children from 6 months to 11 years old. Sugar, dye and preservative free, Quietude does not cause addiction or drowsiness. A great solution for kids to help find their way to Mr. Sandman’s care.
Recommended age: 6 months to 11 years
For additional information: https://www.boiron.ca/en/shop/specialties/quietude/
* These homeopathic medicines may not be suitable for everyone. Always read and follow the label.
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