Let me begin by saying: teething sucks.
Fern has been teething since about 3 months of age. Fussing, drooling, ear pulling, gumming on everything in sight…the works. In the beginning, it wasn’t that bad, but for the past month she’s been teething in earnest and my heart breaks seeing her so uncomfortable.
Oh, and the worst part? She still has ZERO teeth to show for all her teething efforts. Boo teething.
Because of all this discomfort I wanted to find something that would help relieve her pain at least a little and something that would do it using natural ingredients. While I wouldn’t say my husband and I are hippie parents per say, we definitely have our hippie tendencies (i.e. I had an out-of-hospital water birth, my baby sleeps on the floor, I’m on my way toward extended breastfeeding, and have delayed vaccinations) and not giving unnecessary medicines to our child is one of them – even if it is just baby ibuprofen.
So, I started my search for a homeopathic solution.
First we tried a homeopathic teething gel, but it really didn’t seem to do much and Fern hated me putting my finger in her mouth to apply it. I know it’s helpful for so many people, but it just didn’t work for us.
So, I headed to the good ‘ol interwebs and read about Boiron Camilia. Sounded like what I was looking for – non-numbing teething relief with no added colors, flavors, dyes, preservatives. Perfect. I promptly rushed out to Whole Foods to pick some up (*side note, Whole Foods is pretty much the most expensive place on the planet. I paid $15.00 for 30 applications for this stuff, but later saw that you can get it for $9.23 at Vitacost, plus they have free shipping if you spend a certain amount, so you can stock up).
From the first night we tried it we’ve had success. Fern seemed to like the individual applications that I would just squeeze into her mouth – I think she thought maybe I was giving her a treat or something, but whatever the case, it’s easy (*Note, if your baby isn’t into it and you’re nursing, you can always sneak a little squeeze into their mouth and then have them nurse immediately to keep them from spitting it out. I’ve had to do this a couple of times when Fern was extra fussy). The package says you can give more than one dose if needed, but one has always been enough for us and I only really give it at night or nap time if she seems like she’s uncomfortable.
So there you have it. Our homeopathic teething savior. Hopefully it works for you.
Do you have any other teething tips for me? Any tricks I can add to my arsenal would be helpful to get through this!
Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.