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post #21 of 34

The FDA recall on Hylands in 2010 was the result of infants who fell ill with symptoms consistent with belladonna toxicity.  I'm not knowledgeable about homeopathics admittedly, but that's quite worrisome for me.  It seems that in that case, the formulation was off and the medication was not merely the "essence" of belladonna.  My concern is that there are no guarantees that a company would get the formulation right in the future either. 

 

At any rate, the other suggestions are great.  We're not teething yet over here, but I'd like to be prepared!

post #22 of 34

i have done the breast milk popsicles with a good success depending on the ages i gave them, here is the tray i used, it was the only ones i found to be small enough to not be wasteful of my milk

and had a nice drip catch.

 

http://tinyurl.com/an4z9vc

post #23 of 34

Patience and snuggles. 

 

For us, she wanted nothing to do with ice. I wasn't comfortable using most teething tabs/remedies because I just didn't know enough about them.

 

On days when she was uncomfortable I kept things simple, focused on being super attentive to her needs and her frame - no pushing through the grocery trip, leaving dinner on the stove to go sit and hold her a little, that sort of thing.  

post #24 of 34

Both of my boys have gotten their teeth late and I usually get the raspberry nubby teether or something of the like but my youngest was not into it this time around ... so I went to diapers.com to see if they had any other teether like options. I've tried frozen washcloths and frozen teethers but i don't know if it's too hard on his gums or what but he just doesn't like to hold them in his hand ~ then i found these Zoli Baby Gummy teethers and my 1 year old LOVES them! another trick that we use is giving him frozen peas. They thaw out super quick in his mouth so i don't worry about choking. (though i won't leave him completely unattended)

post #25 of 34

We use Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Gel. LOVE it <3 Previous posters are right. The rings were useless. My son hated cold things.like many others.

post #26 of 34

Hyland's Teething tablets and essential oils worked wonders in our family! Our older children have used them when the 12 yr molars came in and our oldest daughter used the teething tablets when her wisdom teeth were removed because she is allergic to ibuprofen.

post #27 of 34

If you have tried Hylands with no results, it could be attributed to several different things

 

-it's a combination remedy; that is, there are 4-6 different remedies included. Remedies work best when administered one at a time, because homeopathy is individualized medicine. As a previous poster said, chamomile may be the fit for one child, belladonna for another.

 

-the doses are very low. Most babies have a strong vitality, and teething is a huge effort by the body/energy. A 6x potency just wont' make a difference. 

 

- you need to give it frequently if the baby is in distress. At least 3 doses before you decide it isn't make a difference, 30-60 min. apart. If after 3 doses you really didn't notice *anything* then it is likely one of the above reasons I mentioned. 

 

- Teething is painful;  a remedy can help the pain, shorten the duration and help with symptoms, but it's not likely that it will make it asymptomatic. 

 

If you *do* want to try a single remedy, check out a home prescribers book, or look online. Just google 'teething' and 'homeopathy' and find a resource that lists the top 6 remedies or so, and read the symptom picture to find the best match. 

post #28 of 34

Glad to read all of this. I think my twins are starting the teething process.  They don't seem in pain right now, but are drooling a lot and chewing on hands like mad (they are 4 months).  The mesh feeder idea sounds great!  Someone gave us some of those for a gift..yay.  Sageowl, thank you for the heads up on Camillia.  I just ordered some, but will be on the watch for excitability when I finally need to use it. 

 

interesting about the lavender oil.  I love lavender, so I would really be into trying this.  I know this is probably a dumb question, since you wouldn't have recommended it if it weren't ok, but ....it is definitely safe to use orally?  And do you think spike is best? I think that is generally noted to be the most medicinal version of lavender? I notice Ananda Apothecary's site says "Lavender essential oil is safe to ingest in small, therapeutic amounts. Recent research involved participants ingesting 80 milligrams of the essential oil per day for 10 weeks. The results were very positive, with a notable lowering of anxiety, improvment of sleep, and an overall increase in perceived well-being."

 

But it is ok for a baby?  Thank you!

post #29 of 34
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Originally Posted by LilyTiger View Post

The FDA recall on Hylands in 2010 was the result of infants who fell ill with symptoms consistent with belladonna toxicity.  I'm not knowledgeable about homeopathics admittedly, but that's quite worrisome for me.  It seems that in that case, the formulation was off and the medication was not merely the "essence" of belladonna.  My concern is that there are no guarantees that a company would get the formulation right in the future either. 

 

At any rate, the other suggestions are great.  We're not teething yet over here, but I'd like to be prepared!

I would be interested in checking this out, I had not heard this happened. 

 

What can happen if you take too much of a remedy, is that you start to develop the same symptoms that you are in fact trying to alleviate! that's why you only give enough to see improvement, and then you stop because the vital force has taken over. It is impossible to 'overdose' on homeopathic remedies, but you can instigate an overstimulation of your own vital force (energy) and experience an aggravation of the symptoms that will pass. The Hylands are only an 'x' potency, so that means there is technically more of the original substance in it than the 'c' potencies which have been more highly diluted. 

 

If you are interested in homeopathics, then really the best route is to work with a practitioner. You will get professional prescriptions, follow ups, and education about homeopathy, not to mention, much better results. Once you get the hang of it, then getting a home prescribers book and working from home is awesome! 

post #30 of 34

I used to give my girls a cold carrot. If they don't have that many teeth it's great. Just snip both ends off and hand it to them in a highchair they think it's hilarious and gnaw on it forever. Nursing always makes them feel better to. Driving yourself crazy about it is a waste of time. It's over in a flash. It used to make me crack up listening to mom's constantly blaming everything on teething just find ways to keep you and them sane, distraction is also a good way to help.

post #31 of 34

When my first was a year old, she had a couple teeth that could only be soothed with a lollipop.  (Organic, from Yummy Earth, are our favorites.)  Homeopathic remedies worked great for the early teeth, but not so much when it came to molars.  Lollipops, and frequent snacking, helped her cope with the pain during the day.  I ended up giving her acetaminophen at bedtime, though.

post #32 of 34

I know it tastes absolutely horrible, but it's safe to use food grade clove oil. My kids seem super sensitive, and my husband and I both are very much so, so I've used clove oil (as well as benzocaine before I knew better) for helping at night.
There are some good homeopathic products out there that we've used to, the Hylands brand is one of them. Homeopathic remedies are safe just because they're given in doses of like .001% or even less... :)

post #33 of 34

We've used frozen marshmellows (this came form my aunt and as much as I hate overwhelming babe with sugar, these are yummy)  Rubbing tea tree oil on the gums (does not need a carrier oil) and Hylands teething tablets.

post #34 of 34

I love all the advice listed here.  I'm not sure if my son is teething.  He's 6 months old and my first.  He has been waking up more often the past two months and is fussier in general.  There are no signs of teeth yet.  I'd love to try some of these suggestions, but I don't want to assume this is the problem.  Any ideas?

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