When it comes to teething, all babies are different.
Some babies are born with their first teeth. Others start teething before they are 4 months old, and some after 12 months. But most babies start teething at around 6 months.
Baby teeth sometimes emerge with no pain or discomfort at all.
At other times, you may notice:
- their gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through
- they have a mild temperature of 38C
- they have 1 flushed cheek
- they have a rash on their face
- they’re rubbing their ear
- they’re dribbling more than usual
- they’re gnawing and chewing on things a lot
- they’re more fretful than usual
- they’re not sleeping very well
Copaiba essential oil is (among other things) known to provide relief from teething pain. Place one drop on your finger and rub on the baby’s gums where they are cutting teeth. Apply 2-3 times a day or when it is needed.
How to dilute it: Put a little bit of fractionated oil for dilution on a clean finger, add one drop of Copaiba oil, and rub on the baby’s gums.
What may work as well…
“Oils that can be used for children are really the same as those used for adults – it is just that the amount is adjusted. I usually suggest applying the oils only on the bottoms of the feet and diffusing for very young children (under 2 years old). However, a little girl under 1 year old who is teething was here a few days ago. We diluted 1 drop of THIEVES blend in about 2 ml V6 Vegetable Oil Complex. The mom rubbed this all over the child’s gums, and she was happy and smiling again.” Read more:
The things to remember are:
- LESS is better than more
- DILUTE if applying other than on the feet
- Drop oil into YOUR palm, rub hands together, and then place hands on the child’s body over affected area (chest for cough and cold, stomach for nausea or diarrhea, etc)