Wednesday, July 21, 2010

In Search of Natural Teething Remedies: Chamomile & Cloves

I took Nate back to the pediatrician today because after six days of being on antibiotics, we thought his ear infection wasn't healing. But it turns out that the ear infection is much better. The constant ear scratching (so bad that he keeps cutting open the skin around his ears), biting, crib gnawing, Klingon-ness, sleeplessness and general misery can all be attributed to teething - not the ear infection. Oh teething, you formidable foe.

Natures Answer - Chamomile Flowers Alcohol Free Extract - 1 fl ozSo the doctor recommended oil of cloves again and mentioned some others ideas as well, including Chamomile Extract that you deliver by dropper into the mouth. I went to Vitamin World, where the incredibly helpful salesman told me that they didn't have any. Of course, I found them on the shelf.  Unfortunately they only had the kind with alcohol, and I wanted the alcohol free version. Not that part of me doesn't want to ply him with booze so I can get my first decent night of sleep in weeks, but having worked for NYC Children's Services, I think I'd prefer he stay out of foster care. No luck at GNC either - for the chamomile or the cloves.

So I continued my quest for the chamomile & cloves online and found a lot of information about actually giving Chamomile tea (rather than the extract) to your teething baby including this article at Discovery Health that recommends soaking a cloth in tea and putting it in the freezer. I think I will try that tomorrow because giving the tea to him in his cup did not go over so well.

Teething Tabs 125 tabsI am so tempted to use Hyland's Teething Tabs. Parents rave about them, but our pediatrician (I sure do quote her a lot, don't I?) recommends against them because belladonna (the poison nightshade) is the active ingredient. I might need to rethink Hyland's if Nate keeps trying to teeth on my shoulders. I'm beginning to look like a friend of Marv Albert's. And the standard Orajel that my mom won't stop pushing is out of the question. Use of Orajel seems to be universally recommended against by pediatricians because of the dangers in numbing areas of the mouth and throat that would prevent the baby from swallowing. I think this would then create a danger for choking on their own saliva. I'd rather have the welts on my shoulder than risk that. Wish us luck...

10/23/10 update: Hyland's Tablets recalled for belladonna toxicity. I feel ill. Should have listened to my pediatrician. Read about the recall here.

5 comments:

*~(boom)~* said...

Oi...good luck.

My son now has 6 teeth and luckily for me, he enjoys teething on his own fingers and teething rings. He once tried my nose, but I digress. :)

I hope you find something that works for you and Nate, and I hope you both get some sleep soon.

Mina Joshi said...

I can only tell you that things do get better as children grow older. Try making some healthy ice lollys for him to suck on. The cold will help sooth his gums.

Amber@Nater Tot said...

Thank you both for your well wishes! I broke down and bought the Hylands tabs. Three parents I trust use(d) them regularly and their kids all seem to still be functioning normally :) They have helped him tremendously! I'm no longer being chewed on 24/7 and he has finally been able to get some sleep!

tiffany said...

What timing! I'm posting on the teething tablets this week. So I've been using them and they've totally worked for us. I have a friend who's pediatrician swears by them and a chiropractor who recommended them. I've never heard the belladonna issue, I'll have to check that out?!

Amber@Nater Tot said...

Tiffany - well the Hyland's made a WORLD of difference. I will absolutely continue to use them. It does give me piece of mind to know that SOME pediatricians recommend them!

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