Teething can be a really rough time for babies (and parents), and you may be looking for a natural way to provide relief to your teething baby. Fortunately, clove oil can be an effective way to help relieve the pain.
But clove oil, like all essential oils, is strong stuff, so there are some safety precautions you should keep in mind when using clove oil for teething. Whether your baby is under 6 months or over 2 years old, in this post you’ll learn how to safely use clove oil for your teething baby.
The Woes of Teething
Babies can start teething as early as 3 months old up until they turn 3 years old. Teething can be a difficult experience for babies since growing teeth will cause their gums to swell and that may be painful and uncomfortable.
This can be pretty stressful for parents as well since the only way babies can communicate that they are uncomfortable and in pain is to cry. Babies can also get pretty cranky and moody and some first-time parents might not be able to cope with this easily.
Teething will cause babies to be stressed out and chew anything and everything they can get their hands on to soothe themselves. They will also drool a lot, rub and even scratch their face hard to the point they may hurt themselves.
The loss of appetite that comes with teething can also be alarming to parents. Rashes around their neck and mouth may appear and some babies may also experience frequent fevers. Sleeplessness, earaches, and runny nose are among the other things babies will experience that would further make the teething experience harder and more uncomfortable for them and parents.
Benefits of Using Clove Oil for Teething
Derived from dried flower buds of the clove tree, clove oil has a long history of being used for treating various diseases. It has gained popularity for its many strong medicinal and therapeutic qualities.
Clove oil is a great essential oil for teething because of its potent anaesthetic, pain killing, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties.
Eugenol, the active compound present in clove oil, is responsible for its reputation as a powerful treatment in many diseases. Because of this, clove oil is a popular ingredient in many analgesics and anti-infectives, especially those that are used in dental care.
How to Safely Use Clove Oil for Your Teething Baby
Clove oil is a potent treatment to help soothe the discomfort your teething baby is feeling, but with its strength comes strong precautions as well. There are very important safety measures you need to remember before you use clove oil for your child.
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Remember never to apply essential oils directly to the baby’s skin or gums as this might cause further damage. Mix 1-3 drops of the clove oil of your choice for every ounce (6 teaspoons) of carrier oil to do a patch test on yourself or on a tiny area of your child’s arm or leg. If you observe and experience any adverse effects, discontinue using essential oil and blends on your baby immediately.
Use on Toddlers 2-years and Older Only
Clove oil is a very strong essential oil and babies can become very sensitive to its effects. It is recommended that clove oil is to be used only in children aged 2-years and older.
Milder essential oils like lavender and/or roman chamomile are considered best for teething babies aged below 2 years.
Never Use Alongside Prescribed Medications
Before anything else, your first instinct should always be to consult your doctor for any treatment, and ask for their professional advice on using alternative treatment like essential oils.
If you’re already using certain medications advised by your pediatrician or family doctor on your baby to help them deal with their teething, it is best that you avoid alternative treatments altogether like using essential oils, especially clove oils.
The last thing you want to do to your already-sensitive baby is to subject them and make them susceptible to more irritation and harm. Clove oil is a very powerful analgesic and anaesthetic and this could mess with the medication your baby is already taking.
Clove Essential Oil Blend for Teething Toddler
Prepare a clove essential oil blend to use on your toddler to soothe them from the discomforts of teething. Mix 3-5 drops of clove to an ounce (6 teaspoons) of carrier oil; jojoba, olive, sweet almond, or fractionated coconut oil is recommended for children. Take note of how your child reacts to the blend and adjust the number of drops and/or switch up the carrier oil.
Rub the essential oil blend on your teething toddler’s cheeks and jaw, and massage it. This will soothe the baby and make them relax as well. Apply this every 4-5 hours.
For direct application on the gums, use clove oil sparingly and start with the least amount of drops in the blend. Only work your way up depending on how your baby reacts.
You can also add a few teaspoons of honey to the blend to help it taste better. Honey is a great antioxidant and can actually aid in soothing the gums. Rub the clove oil and honey blend directly on the gums and gently massage.
Other Ways to Relieve Teething Pain
There are also other ways you can help relieve the pain that comes with teething.
Other Essential Oils
Diffusing these oils during their bedtime can help them relax and fall asleep faster even through the discomfort of teething.
Frozen or Cold Washcloth
A popular no-hassle home remedy that’s done by experienced parents and babysitters is to use a frozen or washcloth the baby can use to chew on. The cold helps numb and soothe the pain in their gums and helps calm down swelling as well.
Soothing Mittens and Socks
Babies love to suck and chew on their fingers and toes, especially when they’re teething. There are mittens and socks you can put on their hands and feet that have soft silicone surfaces that’s safe for them to put in their mouths and relieve sore gums.
Silicone Teether Toys
There are many toys made in silicone that are great for teething babies because they have the tendency to chew on anything they get their hands on. Having a toy that is safe for them to chew on is a must-have because it is both entertaining and it soothes their mouths.
Peeled and freshly sliced ginger is another effective way to treat gum aches. Rub ginger slices directly on the baby’s gums, massaging it for a few minutes.
There are toothbrushes specifically made for babies and toddlers that can help in massaging and promote oral health in children. Choose ones that have bristles that are soft and aren’t as abrasive enough to cause any further irritation on their swollen gums and growing teeth.
Rubber Gum Massagers
There are rubber gum massagers and toothbrushes that also do the job of teethers. There are also wearable variants which parents can put on their fingers to massage and clean the gums of their children. Some come with bristles like toothbrushes that do the exact same job of helping soothe swollen gums.
While teething phases can cause so much discomfort and pain, there are several ways you can help soothe your child’s mouth. One of them is to use essential oils like clove.
While clove oil can help in treating your teething child, don’t forget that clove is very potent and can harm your kid if used incorrectly. For babies under 2 years old, try using Lavender or Roman Chamomile instead. Always make sure to properly dilute your essential oils in carrier oil, do a patch test first, and sparingly use them when you put it on the child’s cheeks and gums.