Until last week we had a break from teething for about six months. My daughter got her four front teeth on the top and bottom pretty quickly and all in a matter of a month or so which was good to get it over with in a short period of time. The one year molars weren't as bad as the first eight but none has compared to her eye teeth which started poking through about a week ago. She is much more bothered by teething now then she was before. She wakes up crying almost every other day and its hard to calm her down so I know its really bothering her.
Since it's been a while since we dealt with teething I almost couldn't find my bottle of Hyland's Homeopathic Teething Tablets and went through them pretty quick. When I went out searching for more I wasn't able to get them so I opened up all my books on herbal remedies and decided to try a new one. Now I am using a homemade recipe for Rose Hip Syrup and a Chamomile infusion. Both seem to help with the symptoms and they taste great so there are no issues with administering the dosage.
I found the Rose Hip Syrup remedy in Rosemary Gladstar's book, “Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health.” This is the recipe I made:
Rose Hip Syrup
- 1/4 cup dried rose hips
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup sweetener (honey, maple syrup, vegetable glycerin, or brown rice syrup)
Add the rose hips and water to a pot and simmer for 30 minutes. The liquid should be down to about half. Strain the herbs from the water and pour the water into a mason jar. Let the liquid cool and then add the sweetener into the jar and shake until blended. A 1-to-1 ratio of sweetener to liquid is supposed to preserve it longer but I find it way too sweet (and so does Rosemary Gladstar). If refrigerated it will last for several months. The dosage is 4 to 6 drops every hour for infants and a teaspoon for older children.
Chamomile Tea Infusion
This is a very easy one and I owe it to my Mother. Simply brew chamomile tea and put it in a bottle for your child. My daughter likes the taste and I didn't even sweeten it with anything. It seems to calm her down when she is very upset about teething pain and discomfort. I usually give this to her close to bedtime to get relaxed and ready for sleep.
Both Rose Hips and Chamomile can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs if you cannot find it in your health food store.
I hope these remedies help you and your children. If you have other herbal or natural remedies for teething that work for you please share them in the comments section.