Teething is the process in which teeth break through the gums in infants and toddlers. Symptoms may include painful gums, irritability, sometimes fever, and often diarrhea. As this is just a natural process, sometimes a poor diet can initiate worse symptoms.
Medical treatment includes topical analgesics that may have side effects. From the natural point of view, a better diet and natural supplements can make the process easier.
Herbs for Teething Children
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
The following herbs help with pain and inflammation in teething:
Dr. Christopher’s Nerve Formula (liquid in glycerin 2 oz) – tastes pleasant. Use ½ the adult dose several times a day, as needed.
Dr. Christopher’s Kid-e-Col – teething and colic with stomach upset. Use up to several times a day.
Cramp bark tincture and/or Valerian tincture – not so pleasant taste, so hide them in their favorite fruit juice using only a few drops at first. Use 1/3 to 1/2 an adult dose.
Cell Salts to Help with Teething
#1 Calc Fluor 6X – to support teeth enamel
#2 Calc Phos 6X – slow dentition (teething) or delayed, with emaciation
#4 Ferr phos 6X – inflammation and low fevers
#12 Silicea 6X – infection, delayed teething, sensitivity to cold water
Teething Homeopathic Remedies
If children have fevers of unknown origin, look at teeth if ages of 6 months to 2 years. You may also give their Constitutional remedy.
Chamomilla (#1) – Screaming pain, painful, IRRITABLE, one cheek red and hot-the other pale and cool, diarrhea smells like rotten eggs, is green and slimy. SLEEPLESS, UNHAPPY. Worse at night, and from warmth; better from movement.
Belladonna – Fever with dentition. Thick, very hot and shiny gums. Face red. Twitching and jerking on falling asleep. Nightmares with teething. Worse from rest, and before midnight. Calc carb is the chronic.
Calcerea carb – Difficult dentition. Constitutional remedy for chubby, flat feet, slow bone development, large birth weight, slow or delayed dentition, glands enlarged. Coughs or diarrhea with teething. Top children’s nightmare remedy. Acute remedy-Belladonna. Next set of teeth will come in better, strengthens bone, teeth. Sour smell and sweating behind the head. Slow learning to walk, slow closing of fontanels. Worse eating DAIRY.
Calcerea phos – Slow painful dentition, a deeper or chronic chamomilla. Teeth soft and decay easily (calc fluor). Teeth sensitive to chewing. Changeable demeanor. Slow, thin, premature children. Digestion slow, closing of fontanels slow, and difficult to hold up head – WANTS TO NURSE ALL THE TIME (calc phos and chamomilla). Cough with teething rattling chest, irritable with tendency to throw tantrums (calc carb is more sluggish and slow) Reactive and tendency to greenish diarrhea when teeth erupt. Tearing and boring pain at night, easily chilled.
Cina – Grinding of teeth or gums. Bad breath, worm breath (worms or not). Looks like chamomilla but breath is more foul. Then passes worms. Irritability, picky, picking nose. Big appetite.
Coffea cruda – Happy SLEEPLESS child (chamomilla is unhappy). Sensitive to light and noise.
Ferrum phos – Red shiny gums. Pain in teething. Toothaches before eating. Tooth decay, inflammatory toothache. Better warm drinks; worse cold. Teething with fever
Kali brom – Grinds teeth. General restlessness. Cramping. Bad breath, profuse saliva. Green watery diarrhea and vomiting. Worse in the evening.
Kreosotum – Teeth come in rotten. Bad breath or offensive odors from gums. Painful with sleeplessness.
Phytolacca – Painful – MUST CLENCH DOWN ON GUMS, teething rings. TMJ, joint tension.
Podophyllum – Both cheeks red. Strong abdominal pains cause them to double over. Intense desire to CLENCH GUMS. Teething with diarrhea which is YELLOW AND OFFENSIVE. Lots of diarrhea.
Silicea – Slow dentition. YELLOWISH SPOTS ON TEETH, then spots go away. Thin and fragile nails. Adults or children – premature babies or mother had a poor diet. dentition with pus or abscess. Sweaty or smelly feet. Timid person. Deficient enamel (silica or calc fluor).
Staphysagria – Teeth come in rotten. HYPERSENSITIVE on gums, teeth. EMOTIONS look like chamomilla with rotten teeth-use if chamomilla doesn’t work.
Sulphur – Reddish skin that seems unclean. RED lips and ANUS excoriating diarrhea, averse to bathing. KICKS OFF COVERS (Sulphur, Pulsatilla), worse covers on. Teething with skin eruptions.
Zincum metallicum – Rare remedy with epileptic attacks with teething. Brain troubles with teething. Twitching (epileptic type) of child with very low vitality. Body goes into fits.
Source: Dave’s Healing Notes