Teething Symptoms and Natural Remedies

Lucas got his two bottom teeth a few weeks ago. Oh my goodness adorable! It was so funny to my husband and I because we never had what we felt like were the so called teething symptoms. Sure he had grumpy and fussy days, but we never connected to it to teething. I think we’ve been using all his grumpy days as an excuse and saying, oh he must be teething! for months now. One day, completely out of the blue, my husband saw his two bottom teeth! I never even noticed that his teeth were starting to come in. They just appeared! I think they are the cutest teeth I’ve ever seen!

Taking a picture of your baby’s teeth is not easy. This guest post came in perfect timing, because I learned that no signs or symptoms is sometimes very normal!

The following is a guest post by Annie.
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I worried obsessively over teething when Lizzie was a baby. When she was 4 months old she went on being a very quiet – albeit hungry – baby to crying more, wanting to eat more and not as content. I felt around her gums but couldn’t find any swelling to explain the fussiness. Well intentioned friends told me that babies can suffer from teething for months and months before a tooth finally pops through.

Lizzie didn’ get her first tooth until she was 9.5 months old. That is slower than a snail my friend.

I was listening to Dr. Mike on Pediacast when she was little over a year old and he covered his opinon on teething. I was shocked, to say the least. He thinks that too often parents attribute too wide a spectrum of maladies to teething when in fact teething itself doesn’t cause hardly any symptoms at all.

His example is our wisdom teeth. Did you notice when yours were far below the surface, popping through? Did you have pain that was distracting at all? Me? Nope! I still haven’t had mine pulled yet (much to the chagrin of my dentist) and I have noticed a tiny bit of pressure, but that is all. Well, maybe that tiny pressure hurts like the dickens for my baby!

According to this British Dental Journal article, the long standing idea that a child can suffer pain from teething for months before the tooth erupts isn’t medically supported. But they did say that the inflammation caused by teething can be painful.

The exact level of pain varies from child to child, much like stubbing my toe makes me want to cry but Josh can drop a hammer on his face and not flinch. Some babies will indeed be more afflicted than others. I have heard some moms say that they didn’t even know their child was teething until they felt that first tooth. Other babies will let the universe know that they don’t like all the pressure in their mouth!

Now, what about all those myriad of different symptoms we attribute to teething – are they really symptoms? Not according to the British Dental Journal. They stated that the following symptoms are really other childhood illnesses, not teething:

  • Upset stomach
  • Diaper rash
  • Inability to sleep
  • Fever
  • Flushed cheeks
  • Runny nose

In fact, they said that far too many doctors are misdiagnosing things are teething when there is something else the matter. Ultimately, Dr. Mike and the journal article said that a mother’s intuition can’t be beat. If you think the baby is teething, then find ways to comfort it. How can you do this?

Natural remedies include:

  • Hyland Teething Tablets
  • Amber teething necklaces
  • Teething Biscuits
  • Refrigerated Teething toys
  • Medical remedies (that are highly debated among mothers)
  • Orajel (it has alcohol in it, hence the controversy)
  • Tylenol
What about you? What has been your experiences with teething? Was it months and months of agony or did they appear seemingly overnight? What things helped your little on cope with it?
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Annie is a fun mom to two kids and blogs at Mama Dweeb. Stop by her blog and say hi!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

10 thoughts on “Teething Symptoms and Natural Remedies

  1. great post! My daughter got her teeth at 7 months and I KNEW she was getting them. I could see them coming in. My son however, was also like yorus and had no signs or symptoms. They are cute though!

  2. aedan has four teeth, we used teething tabs with the first two (that came in simultaneously) and nothing with the second set (again simultaneous) haven't had to deal sith teething for about a month but we take it tooth by tooth, or in his case set by set.

    The pediatrician recommended the teething tabs and they seemed to do the trick. he only used it once or twice daily for about three days. He is a trooper!

  3. My favorite teething saver is a momcicle. Buy a popcicle making mold and then fill it with a little breastmilk in each compartment. Freeze and serve. My daughter loves them and they help her deal with owie teeth.

  4. Great post! My son is 10 months a week and we've still yet to see any teeth! I blamed teething for SO many things, simply because we're told they'll start to come in around 6-7 months. I'm very hesitant to label any grumpiness to teething, because I've been wrong countless times! I'm hoping he'll have an easy go of things, and that one day we'll just notice that they're in. However, he gives the biggest gummy grins, so I have a feeling it's going to be a lot like a watched pot that never boils. 😛

  5. Our teething problems have been months of agony. Lucy started the painful process at 2.5 months, while she was also battling reflux and colic. (My “lucky” G.I. Joe was stationed away and never got to experience that :P) But she didn't get her first tooth until she was over 8 months. Then it was not so bad. Until she hit 11 months and was starting her molar teething. She cut the first molar at just over 14 months. So we go months with this garbage. I can't wait till its over! We've tried natural remedies but not much works besides teething jewelry and some motrin when it gets unbearable. Its awful seeing your child in pain like that.

  6. I love they Hylands tablets! They worked great for both of my kids while they were teething. Another thing that I used with my daughter was a damp washcloth, partially frozen. She would chew on that all day long while she was teething!

    My son loved gnawing on Gerber's Zwieback crackers, but I couldn't find them while my daughter was teething. I have a friend with a teething baby and she can't find them either…

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