Swollen gums, pain, sleep problems … how to soothe your little one’s teething troubles? Homeopathic medicine for teething can be used for teething pain relief and other associated teething symptoms.
To face these teething issues, parents’ first choice is to provide teething pain relief. Parents will sometimes combine Camilia® with local treatments or even non-medicinal alternatives (cool teething ring, amber teething necklace, etc.).
Soothing your baby’s discomfort is important (red cheeks, restless sleep), and homeopathic teething medicine can be used for relief of minor symptoms associated with teething. So how do you know if your baby is teething? Most babies experience increased drooling and crankiness. Here are four most common teething symptoms in a teething baby.
The Need To Chew
The pressure of an emerging tooth beneath the gums may be relieved by counter pressure; so teething babies often want to chomp on things. The chewing instinct may also be a response to the odd sensation that something’s going on in there.
Before a new tooth erupts, it can cause a red, swollen, bruised-looking area on a baby’s gums. Sometimes the gum bulges with the emerging tooth, which you can see faintly beneath the skin (if you can convince your baby to open his mouth for long enough). See the baby teething chart on the teething timeline page for more information on what to expect during the 8-day cycle.*
Increased spittle can herald a new tooth—but it’s also a normal developmental stage of infancy, so don’t assume that drooling means teething. There’s no way to tell whether your baby’s saliva is the result of teething or not, though it may be if you also see signs of drooling.
Fussiness, Especially At Night.
Tooth eruption—when the tooth moves through the bone and gum—tends to come in stages, with more activity at night than during the day, so your baby may be more irritable in the evening.
A mild fever and/or ENT disorders (cold-like symptoms, congestion, earache) can occur in teething babies, which might not be directly linked to teething but to simultaneous infections.
Be careful not to blame all on teething: a fever higher than 37.5°C (criteria for getting urgent help varies by age but for babies under 3 months is temp of 38C), a toddler waking up at night, rubbing his ears, or if your baby has passed six or more diarrhoeal stools in the past 24 hours, these are symptoms which should encourage you to visit your GP.
A change in eating habits
Babies who are eating solids may want to nurse or bottle-feed more because a spoon irritates their inflamed gums. Others may do the opposite, eating more than usual because the counter pressure feels good. And babies who are still on the bottle or breast may begin feeding eagerly but pull back because the activity of sucking puts uncomfortable pressure on the gums and ear canals.
*Macknin M.L & al Symptoms associated with infant teething: a prospective study. Paediatrics 105, 2000: 747-752.
See the baby teething chart that shows the typical order of teeth appearance in babies and infants – allowing you to track your own child’s progress.