Teething is an awful time for both the baby and the parents. Between 4 and 8 months old, your baby experiences his or her first cutting teeth. As a parent, you want something natural and easy to use to make it all better. Thus, you think of essential oils for teething.
Plant essences are among the best natural remedies for pain and inflammation. Read through to find out more about:
- The teething process and its stages. They can tell you how to better prepare for what’s coming and prevent worse times.
- The best essential oils for teething babies, with pros and cons for a clear picture if you want to use them.
- Details on how to use these oils safely.
- Teething essential oil blends to help your baby face cutting teeth right away.
- Massage techniques that can help soothe the pain from teething, among other benefits.
- Tips to make it easier on you baby, plus a few don’ts while trying to do so.
Essential Oils for Teething and Other Remedies. Plus, How to Use Them Properly
Aromatherapy in general, is among the best complementary therapies. The benefits of essential oils have been proven on many occasions and in many situations. They are concentrated plant essences extracted by steam distillation.
To make an idea on their concentration, a drop of Peppermint oil is equal to as much as 20 cups of peppermint tea! This characteristic of theirs is very important when it comes to using essential oils on teething babies.
That is also why essential oils are among the most recommended natural remedies. They can help soothe the pain and crankiness of your teething baby.
The first set of baby teeth are also known as “milk teeth”. They start emerging around the age of 6 months, but the symptoms start earlier. The age may vary a bit.
Yet, generally speaking, there is an order and a time around which babies get their first teeth out. Technically, teeth don’t cut through the gums, they emerge. Babies are born with a set of 20 teeth beneath their gums.
The lower and upper teeth are the same on each side. Each stage of teething comes with a different level of pain.
6 – 8 months: Is the age when the first teeth emerge. They are the incisors (lower and upper) or the front teeth. The pain and other symptoms usually start showing earlier.
10 – 14 months: Is the age when the first molars come through. They are larger so the pain will also be more intense. Drooling and mood swings, lack of quality sleep or loss of appetite can accompany this stage. Fever and diarrhea are two other, more extreme symptoms. If they become overly severe, a doctor must be consulted.
16 – 22 months: Is the stage when canines emerge.
25 – 33 months: Is the most painful stage of all. It is so because the second molars come through, and they’re the largest. At this time, the baby can be allowed to chew on hard vegetables. Just make sure you supervise the child to avoid unnecessary accidents.
Here’s a more detailed graphic of primary tooth development.
All these milk teeth will start shedding in the same order of their appearance, starting with the age of 6.
Best Essential Oils to Use for Teething Babies
The first three months of a baby’s life are crucial. It is neither safe nor recommended to use any essential oils on or around the baby. Not even oil diffusing is safe.
The good news is that babies start showing symptoms of teething after they’re out of this crucial period. Starting with the 4th month, you may see excessive drooling and chewing on things.
Those are signs that the first teeth prepare to emerge. Of course, the crying and crankiness will increase too.
Now, I’m going to give you details about the best and safest essential oils for teething. Once you know what they do, continue reading to find out how to use them as well.
1) Lavender Essential Oil
The type of Lavandula angustifolia is among the safest essential oils for babies. It is also the most researched and tested. Using Lavender oil for teething is great for both the baby and the mother.
It has been shown to relax and decrease the level of cortisol – the stress hormone, in both.
- It’s very calming and soothing to the mind and body. This leads to less crying, nervous breakdowns and a deeper sleep.
- Lavender oil has antibacterial properties. It can prevent the inflamed gums of the baby from getting infected.
- It also has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory effects. These effects can soothe the throbbing and pain of the emerging tooth.
- Lavender has the ability to induce a pleasant and safe feeling just by smell alone.
- The oil of Lavender can be adulterated or mixed with other types of lavender oils. Make sure the one you buy is 100% pure and called Lavandula angustifolia. The best types usually come from France or Bulgaria.
- Though no side effects were reported when used in small doses, Lavender contains some allergenic substances. Test the oil, diluted in some carrier oil on the baby’s skin to make sure he or she’s not allergic.
Why I like it:
It’s always a good idea to keep Lavender essential oil in your home. Besides being great at soothing your teething baby, it can also do lots of other things. Lavender can keep away mosquitoes, can help a wound or a bruise heal faster, nourish the skin, and so on.
2) Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamaemelum nobile or the Roman Chamomile oil is another gentle oil. It is often recommended to the most sensitive skin types and babies. It is one of the best essential oils for teething because of this mild yet effective nature.
- Roman chamomile was found to penetrate deep into the skin and act as an anti-inflammatory. This benefit is most useful when teething occurs.
- The oil also has sedative effects, which will help the baby sleep better.
- Roman chamomile is useful against colic or diarrhea in children. It can relieve its symptoms in a safe manner.
- Some people, though very few, may have allergic reactions to chamomile. One study showed that from a total of 686 patients, only 4.5% of them developed an allergy.
- Roman Chamomile essential oil for teething is quite expensive. The good part is that you must use very small amounts anyway, so a bottle should last a very long time.
- Make sure you buy the Chamaemelum nobile type for these benefits. There are other types of Chamomile oil out there and they must not be confused one with the other.
Why I like it:
Roman Chamomile oil is a mild and good natural remedy against tooth pain. Used in a massage lotion, it can calm down your baby’s pain and irritability. It can also help him or her sleep more profoundly. Not to mention the calming effects it’ll also have on you.
Besides these two essential oils for teething, you can also use hydrosols. They are also known as floral water. They’re the byproduct of the steam distillation of essential oils. The oils are separated from the water vapors during the distillation process.
The hydrosol contains all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals the plant had and didn’t make it into the oil. The reason for not making it into the oil is that some molecules are not soluble in oil. In a hydrosol, there can also be some traces of essential oil, but in very low concentrations.
Hydrosols are safe to use for teething babies. You are also free to choose from a lot more options than the two oils. Basically, almost any essential oil has a corresponding hydrosol.
Just make sure they first have the properties you need to calm down and relieve your baby’s pain and crying.
How to Use Hydrosols and Essential Oils for Teething Babies
Essential oils should never be applied directly as they are to the skin. They can sensitize the sensitive skin of the baby.
Unfortunately, once the skin becomes sensitized, that area will always be sensitive to the same constituent/oil. You’ll have to mix them with a gentle carrier oil first.
Use only the smallest dose of oil and test it before any widespread use. 1 drop of EO per Oz carrier oil is enough for a baby between 3 – 6 months. Find out all the dosage recommendations per age category.
Apply a teething essential oil blend on the outside of the jawline and the affected cheek. Use circular massage movements. The massage is a good way of relieving pain and putting some welcome pressure on the emerging teeth.
I’ll give you the steps to an effective massage to sooth the pain soon. That’ll make the teething process run smoother.
A hydrosol doesn’t need dilution. It can be applied as it is on a compress, or turned into a popsicle. You can dip your clean fingers into cold hydrosol and massage your baby’s gums with it.
This is a sure way to get your baby accept foreign objects in his mouth. That can prove helpful in case you need to use teething rings or teach him to eat with a spoon.
Carrier oils are also safe to use undiluted. However, some of them may cause allergic reactions, so test your carrier first. Go with the mild types. Use Sweet Almond, Coconut, Olive or pure Sunflower oils. Mix those essential oils for teething with any of these carriers.
Always use small amounts on the skin of the baby and have a bib or soft tissue close by at all times. Excessive drooling may cause the baby rashes and irritation.
Teething Essential Oil Blends, Massage Technique and Tips
Using essential oils for teething babies can be pretty safe, as long as you use the lowest dose possible. Also, it’s safe to go with the tested oils only.
The next couple of blend recipes are all for external use only. Sometimes, the same blend can no longer work if the emerging teeth are large (like the second molars). Take your pick and try more blends and massage techniques.
Soothing Blend Recipe for a Teething Baby
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 1 drop
- Lavender essential oil: 1 drop
- Sweet Almond oil: 2 teaspoons
Mix all these oils together and keep them in a dark colored glass (or plastic) bottle. Label it and use within a month. Massage the jawline of your baby with 2 drops of this blend. You can do so 3 times a day for 4 days.
Teething Lotion Recipe
- Shea butter: 100 ml (half a cup)
- Cloves: 1 tablespoon
Melt the butter on very low heat, add the cloves and let it all simmer for 30 – 40 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes then strain the mixture into a clean, glass jar. Let the blend cool and solidify at room temperature.
You can speed up this process by keeping the jar in the fridge. Massage a small amount along the jawline of your baby and give him a carrot or cucumber to munch on.
This teething lotion is infused with a small quantity of the clove bud oils. The eugenol contained in cloves has great antiseptic and pain relieving properties. Clove bud essential oil is very popular in dental cabinets for its sedative properties.
Massaging the gums with this lotion is recommended only of you’ve talked to a pediatrician first!
However, using Clove essential oil for teething is not recommended! It is very powerful for the sensitive skin of the baby and his weak immune system. Clove oil can sensitize and irritate the skin or the mucus membranes, the eyes, etc.
Ease Teething Pain with a Complete Baby Massage (with Steps)
The best thing about a gum massage is that it provides a well-needed pressure to the gums. This pressure soothes the baby’s pain felt when the tooth is emerging. A complete massage can introduce the baby to a more relaxed state.
For the gums, it can be done with a gentle carrier oil or a clean dampened cloth. It can also be a gauze pad or a cotton pad. Dampen it with some hydrosol and massage the painful gums of the teething baby.
Here are the steps to a proper massage technique:
Start by massaging the feet of your baby. Use an essential oil blend for teething when massaging his soles. Apply light pressure at the base of each toe nail (on the cuticles). Use your thumb and index finger to squeeze gently.
After gently pressing each toe nail, finish with an overall foot massage. That will help the baby relax faster. You can use this method as a prevention method too. Do it once a week, starting with the age of 3 months.
Apply two drops of the teething lotion on your fingers and warm them well. Massage the jawline to ease the teething pain. Apply light pressure with the middle and index fingers on the painful area and along the jawline.
Use circular movements from the jaw to the chin and repeat three times. This is a good way to stimulate the blood flow into the inflamed tissue. That will also saturate the pain receptors, making the pain level less intense.
Make sure you do this kind of massage in a moment of peace. When the baby is hungry or when he’s having fun are not good moments. You can combine a gum massage with a jawline massage for the best results and a happier baby.
Tips to Help Your Teething Baby (plus Risks)
A teething baby is crying a lot. He is cranky and doesn’t sleep at night. The teething baby also drools a lot and can easily get irritated on the chin. Sometimes, diarrhea and fever can occur as teething symptoms. Though, if they get worse, you should consult your doctor immediately.
Fever can also be the sign of something else wrong, especially if it lasts more than 48 hours!
Here are some tips to help your baby cope with his condition better. They are also for you, to give you something to do to take away your baby’s pain.
When it comes to your child, not being able to do something for him to make it better, is among the worst feelings. Luckily, in this case your actions may calm and soothe the teething baby, and those around him.
- Reassure your baby with loving gestures.
- Wipe your baby’s face with a wet cloth to avoid the irritation the excess saliva can cause. Use mild hydrosols like Neroli, Orange, etc. or spray some thermal water on his chin.
- Massage your baby’s jawline with essential oils for teething. Massage his gums also with hydrosol or carrier oil.
- Use teething rings held in the fridge. Cold numbs the pain. Make sure the ring is not filled with anything to avoid breaking inside your baby’s mouth while chewing. Use two to have as a backup when the other one warms up.
- If the baby eats, you can feed him cold yoghurt or even bread to chew on. Cold carrots or cucumbers can also be used, but never sugar cubes. Sugar can bruise the gums and feed the inflammation.
The simplest gestures of a parent can decrease the discomfort that a teething baby feels.
What Not to Do when Your Baby is Teething
Although you want only what’s best for your child, there are certain things you should never do, even in good faith.
- Never use essential oils for teething on babies younger than 4 months.
- Test the oils on a small area of your baby’s skin to avoid allergic reactions. Simply mix a drop of EO with a drop of carrier, mix and apply on the arm. Watch the area for a few hours – a day before using the blend.
- Avoid using anesthetic gels on the gums of a baby. If the baby swallows them, they can prevent him from eating or drinking properly.
- You should never rub his or her gum with sugar, bread or a spoon because of an increased risk of injury.
- Aspirin or other pain relieving substances should never be applied directly on the inflamed gums.
- Avoid rubbing the gums with alcohol.
- Never pierce their gums in the hopes the tooth will come out faster. There’s a high risk of infection.
- Make sure you have your doctor’s approval and you do your research before using amber necklaces for teething babies.
- An excess of teething biscuits can cause tooth decay and promote further inflammation.
- Finally, no matter how great your baby’s pain is, never use Clove oil for teething! It is too concentrated and powerful for a baby.
There are natural ways to help calm and ease the pain of your teething baby. Some of them work almost immediately, while others take more time and effort.
Do not start any natural remedy before consulting a pediatrician. You’ll want to rule out any other causes for your baby’s symptoms.
One natural way to help your baby is by using essential oils for teething. Massage his jawline a few times a day, but make sure you don’t do it for long periods of time, however. Also, seek professional guidance if you’re not sure of something.