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The Nightmare of Teething Babies

Before I had my children, I heard about the teething phase families go through and that it was horrible.

But I didn’t know just tough and painful it can be for babies/toddlers, and their parents.

I’ve spent countless hours hours consoling both kids, but especially my son who suffered really badly. He was four months old when he got his first tooth. The constant chewing should have been a sign to me, but I thought he was just too young.

No, the day he turned four months, was the day the first tooth popped through. He gave an unusual cry and then carried on feeding. Little did I know that this was a sign of things to come.

His teething was so painful for him, he would cry and scream in his sleep, without really waking up. Night after awful night. He would get temperatures off and on, sometimes for three days and others days, half or all of his face would be red and hot to touch

Yes we resorted to infant painkillers, yes we resorted to teething gels. I even sent my mum into the Adelaide Women’s and Children’s Hospital to purchase their very well known teething gel – she posted it over to me. But a lot of times, nothing would work

I remember one day being particularly awful. My husband had broken his ankle and was in massive amounts of pain on the lounge, and on the same day my son had this constant wail all day long due to teeth. NIGHTMARE

I wish I had known about essential oils that day. Not just for those two but for me as well.

My daughter seemed to handle teething much better, but even she had her moments. Fortunately for all of us, by the time she was 8 months old, I had discovered how effective oils could be.

I was so pleased that a natural alternative worked so well. And was so easy to use. It helped that I had oils on hand, as we live a good 45 minute drive from the nearest pharmacy and running out of anything child related sent us into panic mode (especially at midnight)

Here’s how I used essential oils to help soothe my baby

Lavender and/or Chamomile on small babies, diluted down to appropriate levels and rubbed along the jawline (outside of jaw, not inside). You could use just Lavender or just Chamomile. But you could also use one drop of each mixed and diluted with a carrier oil.

Diluting is when you mix the essential oil with another oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, apricot kernal oil etc. These oils are also referred to as carrier oil. Its as simple as putting one drop of essential oil in one tablespoon of carrier oil.

Lavender, Frankincense and Aromatouch blend on older babies, used exactly the same way.

Tea Tree (also called Melaleuca) diluted down and rubbed around the outside of each ear, especially when ears were bright red and hot. Took the redness out in about 20 minutes and this SAVED US many times. I’ve included some photo’s here of her, her red ear and then half an hour later once the redness has gone. The photo’s aren’t the best quality, but I was running around after a toddler, with a glass of wine in one hand and my phone in the other

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My daughter in the midst of a red ear moment 🙁

Not the best shot, but the redness had gone half hour later
The red ear…see it! SEE IT!

I also reapplied these oils every hour if need be.

Now you’re probably wondering if this really did work. Yes it did. It made a huge difference. Plus I know it works as I’ve used it on my jawline to soothe aches and pains, so I have first hand experience with oils and jaw problems

Now the exact recipes depend on the age of your baby and here is a child dilution chart to help you sort it out

Essential Oil Child Dilution Chart
Suggested dilution rates for babies and children

If you would like some more guidance on this issue, I am more than happy to give you my time – I dont want to see any babies suffer, nor their parents. Its such a cruel joke that nature plays on these little, tiny humans. Please email or message me through my social media pages and I’ll be more than happy to have a chat xx

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