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Teething

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Almost all babies are born without teeth. The process of teeth about to emerge, and then emerging above the gum line, is referred to as ‘teething’. This process generally begins a few days before you can see the tooth, and lasts a few days after the tooth has ‘come through’. Baby teeth usually start to appear when baby is 4-7 months, though it can start earlier or later. If teething occurs earlier it is not usually a concern. If your baby is very late to teethe, see your dentist. The first teeth to appear are usually the bottom front teeth (central incisors). One to two months later, the top two front (and then upper two side) teeth appear. Most children have a full set of baby teeth (20 teeth) by three years of age.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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