Teething. The word itself can cause stress levels to rise in parents. Did you know that the US Food & Drug Administration recommends NOT using teething gel on babies? The agency “remains particularly concerned about the use of OTC benzocaine products in children for relief of pain from teething.” ( 1) Here are some essential oils for teething babies that you can use without fear of harming your child's health.
Babies might start teething anywhere from 3 months to 14 months old. Your child might be in discomfort weeks ahead of when you actually see the tooth break through the gums. Some common symptoms that signal teething are drooling, biting, wanting to just drink not eat, low fever, rash around mouth, diaper rash, runny nose, earaches, and sleeplessness. These essential oils for teething babies can help ease a lot of those symptoms.
Essential Oils for Teething Babies Remedy
First make sure you have a carrier oil like olive oil, sweet almond, or fractionated coconut oil to mix the essential oils in. Use 1 drop of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil.
Choose 1 or 2 of the following essential oils to mix in a carrier oil and see which ones help your teething baby the most. It is best to test the mixture on yourself before using it on your baby
For infants under 3 months you can rub the mixture along their jawline. These 2 are the safest for infants:
For babies older than 3 months you could rub the mixture along their gum line inside their mouth. This might change the type of carrier oil you use depending on what the baby likes. Try the oils listed above as well as:
- Clove bud essential oil
- Copaiba essential oil
- Ginger essential oil
The essential oils for teething babies can be applied every couple hours. Take some time and massage your baby's face, jaw, and gums in a circular motion.
For children older than 2 years you can use 2 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil.
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon food-grade cocoa butter
- 2 drops essential oils [ones to try: Lavender, Roman chamomile, Clove bud, Copaiba, Ginger]
- Melt coconut oil and cocoa butter together.
- Remove from heat.
- Add essential oils of your choice.
- Put in glass container.
- Let cool.
- Rub the creamy mixture on to your baby's gums.
Remember – these essential oils for teething babies are also great options for adults with toothaches!