Homeopathics for Teething Babies

I first learned about homeopathy when I attended a Homeopathy in the Childbirth Continuum training with Whapio in Charleston. I will admit my first thoughts leaned more towards skepticism then anything else, as it was a brand new concept to me. The idea of treating like with like was one that I had never been introduced to before. As I listened with an open mind to the class and heard stories from other professionals who have used in it in their practice and their family lives I became more and more intrigued about the potential benefits that this knowledge would have for me. Whapio assured us that many people are skeptical until that have their first “Ah!” moment from using a remedy and to try something we could personally benefit from first. So I purchased a few basic remedies, and had my “ah!” moment. Since then I have grown my collection and use them in a variety of situations to promote our health and mental well being.

As with all advice given, be sure to use common sense and do your own research before using anything. I am not a homeopath or doctor, I can only present you with information based on my own research and observations.

What is homeopathy and is it safe?

Homeopathy works with the body’s own ability to regulate and self heal by using the idea that substances that cause symptoms in healthy people can cure those same symptoms in someone else, or the “law of similars.” By looking at the individual and not the ailments, you are able to find a remedy that is personalized to those specific needs, and it may change from person to person. Through the process of potenization and dilution, homeopaths are able to work with potentially harmful substances to unlock the healing benefits. The idea is that the more the actual substance is diluted and succussed the more its energetic properties increase. (Remember my skepticism above, this is where it came from. But hang in there!) The resulting remedies are safe enough for even babies and pregnant women to use and are free from side effects. The biggest risk would be for it to not work at all.

Several years ago there was a recall on Hyland’s teething tablets and everyone became concerned about the safety of using belladonna for teething without understanding what homeopathy is or how it works. I have included this explanation from Hyland’s own website that further explains their safety:

Belladonna is included in the Tablets to ease the redness, inflammation and discomfort of the child’s gum that often occurs during the teething process. Belladonna 12X HPUS is manufactured from the whole plant, of which a small portion is Belladonna alkaloids (the component sometimes associated with side effects). Each Teething Tablet (which weighs about 65 mg) is composed of 0.0000000000003% Belladonna alkaloids as stated on the label. As calculated, this means that each complete teething tablet contains only approximately 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids.
The amount of Belladonna alkaloids in teething tablets is minuscule, especially when compared to conventional medicines that contain Belladonna alkaloids. To put the calculated amount of Belladonna in a Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablet into perspective, the 0.0000000000002 mg of Belladonna alkaloids is THOUSANDS OF TIMES below even the therapeutic amounts of Belladonna used in conventional anti-spasmodic medicines that doctors sometimes prescribe (0.2 to 5 milligrams of Belladonna alkaloids). The side effects (called anticholinergic side effects) sometimes caused by conventional medicines delivering more than 0.2 mg of Belladonna alkaloids – such as dry mouth, blurred vision and urinary retention – are not associated with homeopathic medicines because of their minute dosage.
To further clarify the homeopathic dosages of Belladonna in Baby Teething Tablets, a 10-pound child would have to accidentally ingest, all at the same time, more than a dozen bottles of 135 Baby Teething Tablets before experiencing even dry mouth from the product. Additionally, the body clears Belladonna alkaloids from any single dose in a matter of hours. http://www.hylands.com/news/teethinginfo.php

Remedies for Teething

The following is a short list of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for teething and their indications for use.

Chamomilla vulgaris

  • irritability
  • screaming pain
  • temper tantrums
  • difficult to console
  • wanting to be rocked and held
  • inflamed gums
  • fingers in mouth
  • may be accompanied with ear infection or diarrhea

Belladona

  • red, swollen, throbbing gums
  • flushed red face
  • glassy eyes
  • feverish
  • may not want to drink
  • sudden onset
  • biting
  • difficulty sleeping

Calcarea phosphorica

  • petite babies
  • fretful
  • discontented
  • diarrhea and gassiness

Calcarea carbonia

  • larger babies
  • late onset of teething
  • sour smelling sweat

Pulsitilla

  • whining, weepiness
  • drooling
  • runny nose
  • wants to be constantly held and comforted
  • likes to bite something cold

Phytolacca decandra

  • clenching gums
  • biting

Coffea
While not a “true” teething remedy, coffea is often used in addition to the remedies listed above to help with the sleeplessness that can accompany teething.

How do I use the remedy I choose?

Chose a 6c, 12c, or 30c concentration and read the dosing recommendations listed on the container. Without touching the pellets use a plastic spoon or lid to measure out and give the remedy.

Give a remedy no more than 3 times to see if it will be helpful. If after the third time try a different remedy. Once you see an improve stop giving the remedy unless symptoms return.

Teething is hard work for a little one so offer other comfort items as well as lots of cuddles and as always, if you are concerned about any symptoms or reaction be sure to discuss them with your pediatrician or family doctor.

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