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Infant Corner: Teething
by Dave Foreman
While your child's first tooth is an exciting time, the misery that sometimes accompanies it can ruin a good thing. Most parents get frustrated because they feel helpless in trying to ease their baby's discomfort. In addition to the mild discomfort your child goes through, there are other things to deal with as well. The runny nose, immune weakness and digestive problems can make your child's first tooth a less-than-pleasant experience.
Thank goodness there are a few things you can do to make your frown turn upside down . Here are the things I did with both of my children:
1. Get a chew toy. (not for pets-LOL) and keep it in the freezer. While they chew on it for their teeth, the ice will numb their gums.
2. Use homeopathy. Teething was my first experience using homeopathy. Look for the drops and use as directed. We just squeezed the dropper in the back of our children's cheeks and within minutes the fussing stopped.
3. Try chamomile extract. A few drops (follow the labeling) in their water or just straight from the dropper (it tastes sweet) into their cheek will have a calming effect and help many of the other symptoms that occur while teething.
A final note: Please don't try to stop your baby's runny nose. It is running for a reason - to help get rid of infection/irritation - and should be left alone. Drying up a runny nose with an antihistamine (OTC or Rx) will most likely lead to infection. Let it run!