Homeopathic Medicines for Teething Trouble

Teething is process of eruption of teeth from the gums and generally start at the age of 5 to 7 month in infants. The primary teeth are formed during the pregnancy and all of them appear by the age of three.

There can be many issues related to teething which bother parents such as delayed, difficult or painful teething. During teething few babies become irritable, restless, and cry too much. They can be drooling, mild fever and loose motions.

In Homeopathy, there are many medicines which can be safely given to babies for treating the common problems related teething.

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Basic knowledge of teething

Teething usually begins at the age of 6 month, but can start anytime between 3: 12 months. First of all lower front teeth come up first followed by upper front teeth 1 to 2 months after. The complete set of 20 primary teeth is usually erupted by child’s third birthday.

Tooth eruption

The eruption of primary teeth usually begins between age six and ten months, the front incisors are most commonly the first teeth to erupt, followed by the first primary molar, canines and second primary molars.

Tooth eruption is usually bilaterally symmetrical means left and right teeth appear at similar times. All primary teeth have usually erupted by age 30 months, although this can depend on gender (girls tend to develop teeth earlier than boys)

Permanent teeth develop behind the primary teeth. As the permanent tooth grows towards the surface, it takes the place of temporary teeth.

Permanent teeth usually start to emerge at around six years of age. Occasionally the primary tooth remains beside the permanent tooth, but in most cases it will drop out, without treatment, within one year.

Symptoms of teething

There are few symptoms that are associated with teething. Some of them are given below:

  1. Excessive drooling
  2. Chewing
  3. Appetite loss
  4. Behavioural changes
  5. Fever
  6. Diarrhoea

Examination of teeth

Always examine teeth of your child by looking in the child’s mouth as soon as the first tooth erupts. Examine the teeth, tongue, and oral cavity, gingiva for abnormalities.

Abnormalities are as follows:

  1. Swelling
  2. Redness
  3. Bleeding of gingiva
  4. Change in tooth position
  5. Premature tooth mobility or tooth loss and heavy deposition on teeth
  6. Sometimes white spots on teeth enamel may indicates early sign of dental caries

Common problems which are seen in children during dentition

1. Decay: Tooth decay may occur due to many factors like acidogenic bacteria, saliva, dietary factors and as a result of fluoride. A major factor in young children is frequent consumption of sugar foods. Extra care should be taken by parents regarding dietary habits, teeth cleaning, plaque removal and fluoride toothpaste.

2. Gingivitis: This is very common in children. It is reversible inflammation of the gingiva caused by dental plaque build: up due to poor oral hygiene. It is seen as a result of malnutrition and viral infections. If untreated it result in destruction of the supporting tissues surrounding the tooth. This condition is medically known as periodontitis.

3. Oral Thrush: It is commonly seen in infants and young children because their immune system is immature. It is seen in both infants and children. In infants it occurs after exposure to the microorganisms of the vaginal tract during delivery. In children it occurs after use of antibiotics.

It is characterised by white plaques on the buccal mucosa and tongue. If theses plaques are wiped off, it leaves a red, raw painful surface.

4. Angular cheilitis: It is a condition that occurs in one or both corners of the mouths. Symptoms includes redness, painful cracking, scaling, bleeding and ulceration. It is also associated with drooling in children, licking the lips and sucking the thumb.

Causes of Angular cheilitis

1. Candida albicans

2. Staphylococcus aureus.

3. Nutritional deficiencies (iron deficiency)

4. Dry skin

5. Hyper salivation

5. Gum boil: It is soft, reddish swelling that occurs at the site of drainage of a primary tooth abscess.

6. Ulcers: These are commonly seen as a result of trauma. This may also be caused by thumb sucking, scratching, lip biting, foods and drinks which are too hot, as a result of chemical in tooth paste, mouthwash. This can be seen on the edges of the tongue, lips, and buccal mucosa. These generally heals within two weeks. Another type of ulcers are aphthous or “canker sores” which is a form of recurrent ulcer that is more common in older children and adults. They are painful, shallow, round or oval ulcers with a greyish base. This are persist for longer than a traumatic ulcer.

7. Teeth grinding: It usually occurs during sleep. It is generally seen at 7 – 10 year of age and rarely seen in adolescence.

It does not need any medical supervision.

Homeopathic Medicines for Teething

Homeopathic medicines can be safely used to treat teething problems such as delayed teething, painful and difficult teething. The small pills can be dissolved in one spoon water and can be given to babies.

These medicines are also given to adults and therefore the general appearance of patients and the condition in which symptoms are improved or worsen are also given.

1. Calcarea carbonica

Calcarea carbonica is Homeopathic remedy with chief action on glands, skin and bones. Patient has increased local and general perspiration, and swelling of glands. It raises blood coagulability. It is adapted for patients who take cold easily with increased mucoid secretions.

Calcarea carbonica is best suited for children who grow fat, are large bellied with a large head, pale skin, chalky look. These children are sensitive to cold. They like eggs, dirt and other indigestible things which often causes diarrhoea.

These patients are fat, fair, flabby, always perspiring sweat which is cold, damp and sour. Mentally these patients are very apprehensive, which is worse towards evening, Fears loss of reason, misfortune, and any contagious diseases.

Patient is forgetful, confused, low-spirited. He/she is averse of doing any work or exertion. There is sour taste in mouth. There is dryness of tongue at night. There is bleeding from gums.

Calcarea carbonica is prescribed for babies with difficult and delayed teething. The infant may also show delayed walking or taking. He or she may have large head or abdomen and more fat on body. The child is chubby, sweaty, constipated and has poor immunity. There is coldness of hands and feets. The head, hand and feet of child perspire during sleep.

It is also given to treat Toothache which excited by a current of air, anything cold or hot.

Symptoms Worse By

  • From exertion
  • Cold every from
  • Wet weather
  • Standing

Symptoms Better By

  • Dry climate and weather
  • Lying on the painful side
  • Sneezing

Dosage: Should not be repeated too frequently in elderly people. Three doses of Calcarea Carb 30c

3 times a day till improvement.

2. Calcarea phosphoricum

It is especially indicated in tardy dentition and in problems incident to that period, bone diseases, non- union off fractured bones and anaemia after acute diseases and chronic wasting diseases.

All its symptoms are worse from any change of weather. There is numbness and crawling are characteristic sensation.

Calcarea phosphoricum is given to babies with slow and difficult dentition. It covers all complaints during dentition, where teeth develop slowly. The baby is irritable and whiny. It is suited for baby who is thin and pale.

There is rapid decay of teeth.

Symptoms Worse By

  • Exposure to damp
  • Cold weather
  • Melting snow

Symptoms Better By

In summer, warm, dry atmosphere.

Dosage: calcarea phos 6x is generally given thrice a day till improvement.

3. Kreosotum

Kreosotum is a mixture of phenols obtained from distillation. It is related with pulsations all over the body and profuse bleeding from small wounds. It has pain which is increase by rest.

It has discharges which is burning a very offensive discharges. There is rapid decomposition of fluids and secretions.

It is very good remedy for ailments in teething children. Child has very painful dentition from cold will not sleep. There is very rapid decay of teeth with spongy, bleeding gums. Teeth dark and breaks very easily. There is putrid odour and bitter taste in mouth.

Symptoms Worse By

  • In open air
  • Cold
  • Rest
  • When lying
  • After menstruation

Symptoms Better By

  • From warmth
  • Motion
  • Warm diet

Dosage: 200 potency thrice a day till improvement.

4. Staphsagaria

It acts on teeth. It has ill effects of anger and insults. Patient is very sensitive. There is pain and nervousness after extraction of teeth. It is very good remedy for toothache during menses. Teeth black and crumbling because of which teeth destroy easily. It has toothache during menses. Teeth black and decays easily. There is salivation, spongy gums, bleed easily. It is very good remedy for pyorrhoea.

Symptoms Worse By

  • Anger
  • Grief
  • Loss of fluids
  • Sexual excesses
  • Tobacco
  • Least touch on affected parts

Symptoms Better By

  • After breakfast
  • Warmth
  • Rest at night

Dosage: 200c, once a day usually recommended till improvement.

5. Silicea

It is very good remedy for diseases of bones, caries and its destruction. This is deep and slow in action. It is suited for children, with a large head, with distended abdomen, slow in walking, have bad effects of vaccination. Patient has lack of vital heat. There is great sensitiveness to taking cold. There is intolerance to alcoholic stimulants. Gums sensitive to cold air. There is boils on gums. It is remedy for pyorrhoea. Teeth is sensitive to cold water.

Symptoms Worse By

  • New moon
  • In the morning
  • From washing
  • During menses
  • Uncovering
  • Lying down
  • Damp
  • Lying on left side
  • Cold

Symptoms Better By

  • Warmth
  • Wrapping up the head.
  • Summer
  • In wet or humid weather

Dosage: It should be given in 30th potency 2 times a day till improvement.

6. Pulsatilla

It is pre-eminently a female remedy, especially for a mild, gentle, yielding disposition. Patient is sad, cries easily, weeps when talking and have changeable mood. Though patient is sensitive to cold air but she craves for it. Patient is thirst less. Symptoms always changing. Patient has dry mouth, without thirst, wants it washed frequently. There is yellow or white coated tongue, covered with thick mucus. Pain in teeth is better by holding cold water in the mouth. There is bad smell from mouth.

Symptoms Worse By

  • From heat
  • Rich fatty food after eating
  • Towards the evening
  • In a warm room
  • Lying on the left or on the painless side

Symptoms Better By

  • Open air
  • Motion
  • Cold applications
  • Cold food and drinks

Dosage: it should be taken in 200 potency 2 times a day till improvement.

7. Chamomilla vulgaris

This medicine is prescribed for Painful Teething in which the gums are red, swollen. One cheek appears red and hot whereas the other is cool and pale. The baby is fussy and irritable due to teething trouble. Teething may be accompanied by diarrhoea or infection of ears.

Dosage: It should be given in 30th potency 2 times a day till improvement.

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