Is Your Newborn Not Pooping But Passing Gas? What Should You Do?

What is a normal pooping routine for a newborn?

You are pooping once daily and you are considering that your newborn baby should do the same. Well, if he does, it’s ideal. But it is not the case most of the time. Your newborn not pooping but passing gas for a week or more can be pretty normal as the pooping routine of a newborn is highly variable and depends on the feed and age. A newborn can poop after every feed and that can be up to 6 times per day to once every week and still just be fine.

A newborn passes through a number of changes during the first year of their life. Generally, during the first week, a baby passes up to four poops every day, and then the first three months of life, a baby passes three poops every day and gradually poop frequency decreases, and it reaches one to two formed poops per day around two years of age. So comparing them with a normal pattern or comparing it with your friend’s baby is not advisable. Where your friend’s baby can poop 3 to 4 times a day, your baby can poop only once in a week and still be perfectly fine. Generally, breastfed babies poop more frequently as compared to formula-fed babies.

Newborn not pooping but passing gas is less scary unless it spans greater than a week. However, if the newborn is not pooping and not passing gas, then either it is definitely not a normal condition and you should consult the doctor. Normally these situations are accompanied by other symptoms like; irritation, crying, vomiting and food hesitation.

What causes the pooping routine so variable?

Normally the newborn during the first couple of months poops almost always after feeding. This is because of Gastrocolic Reflex, which is described as an urge to pass poop when somebody starts eating. It is a natural phenomenon that when babies start feeding, their colon (large intestine) starts moving faster to make space for incoming food. Therefore a baby can defecate up to 6 times in one day. As he grows, feed times space out and it takes a longer time to poop.

The second thing which has an impact on the duration of poop is the type of feed. However, it comes into play a little later in life. Initially, the majority of the babies are fed on breast milk which is an ideal meal for the newborn. It contains most of the essential ingredients and all the ingredients are easily absorbed by the maturing gut. Above all, it has a natural laxative which avoids any risk of constipation.

However, these qualities aren’t present in the formula feed and solid food which is usually used later in life. Thus causing the pooping duration prolonged. It makes breastfeeding in the initial life even more important.

Breastfed baby constipated

Although breastfeeding is the best meal for the baby, the baby can still develop constipation. This means your newborn not pooping for more than 4 weeks or he is not passing any gas either. Besides, the newborn also shows signs of constipation including;

  • Feels pain while passing poop
  • Not passing poop at least once a week
  • Passing hard and bigger than normal stool
  • Arching his or her back and/or crying baby
  • Small pellets like stools (sheep poop)
  • Leaks small amounts of poop into the underwater (if he is she is toilet trained)
  • Passing fewer poops, like a baby who used to pass three to four poops per day is passing only one poop in four days.

All of these are the signs that your baby is suffering from constipation. However, it may not be serious especially if it resolves on its own within a few days.

Also read: How Do Babies Get Colic?

Things you can do to soothe your baby

Being the mother it is definitely a worrisome condition for you and you must be looking the ways to help your baby soothe. Here is what you can do:

Change the formula feed

It is commonly thought that iron in formula causes constipation, iron in most the formulas is very small and does not cause constipation, therefore, change of formula does not help with constipation, always consult your doctor if you want to change the formula.

Fruit juice

Freshly squeezed fruit juices help relieve the constipation of small babies but do not give this juice to smaller than two months old, one to two ounces (30 to 60ml) of 100 percent freshly squeezed orange juice every day for up to one week relieves constipation. Give orange juice only once a day and not more than 7 days in one row.

Similarly, prune, apple and pear juices work for constipation, but these are for bigger children who are four months and above, two to three ounces (60 to 90mls) of juice for four to eight months old and up to six ounces for eight to twelve months old. Always remember, not to give too much juice to your baby, it can affect the overall diet proportion of your baby.

Brown sugar/dark corn syrup

Brown sugar and dark corn syrup and have complex sugars in them and they retain the water in the gut to keep the poop soft. It is an old folk therapy. There is a variety of these available in the market and the one available to you might not have the complex sugar proteins and it may not work.

Add clean water to the diet

Nothing bad comes from drinking a bottle of water. Make sure you add clean water to your baby’s diet when your baby is one year or older.  Not only it helps to make the stool soft but it also replenished the empty store of water.

Relax the opening

The stools have to come out of the anus which due to the immaturity of the age can be a little tighter. However, you can always lose the muscles of the anus and make it easier for the baby to defecate without staining. There are a few ways to do that like:

  • Rotating the legs of the baby in a bicycle manner and pressing the knees against the belly.
  • Gently massage the lower part of the belly of the baby.
  • Use a cotton swab or a thermometer and add Vaseline to it and gently massage the anus of the baby.

All these maneuvres are effective and help the baby defecate with less straining.

Change up food items

A simple rule is that fruits and vegetables relieve constipation and cereals and dairy products cause constipation.

Never use laxatives unless prescribed

With constipation, one’s mind may think of using laxatives similar to adults. However, these laxatives are not safe for newborns because of their relatively immature immune systems. So you should not use any artificial laxatives unless your doctor prescribes it.

Newborn not pooping but passing gas: when is the time to see the doctor?

Your baby can go up to a week without pooping. But if your baby is starting to look ill you should not delay in consulting a doctor. Normally you should never wait longer than 3 days if your newborn is not pooping and neither passing gas. However, if the baby is showing the following signs it means an emergency condition:

  • Your newborn is excessively vomiting.
  • There is blood in the stools.
  • Your baby is crying a lot with withdrawal to feed.
  • There is an unexpected weight loss.
  • Either whole of the body or just the belly is starting to swell abnormally.

In such circumstances, you should not wait and rush to a doctor for a complete checkup. These situations are always scary but can be treated accordingly if caught in time.

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Baby Poop Smells Like Vinegar – Why Does It Happen?

Babies’ poop smells like vinegar? Um, definitely not one of the best things to wake up to! As you are changing that smelly diaper. You may be wondering why does my baby’s poop smell like vinegar?

Hold tight as we provide you insight into changes in babies’ poop. And what these changes signify.

Baby Poop- The Basics!

Changes in babies’ poop are likely to scare you. Especially if you are first-time parents! And yes, we clearly understand your anxieties.

But one thing to know is that not every change in baby poop is a red sign. Babies poop changes on a day-to-day basis. These changes are due to a number of reasons. As we will discuss shortly.

Before you can tell when there is a problem in the baby’s poop, you should know a bit about natural bowel movements in babies.

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Color of Baby Poop

The color of the stool depends a lot on what your baby is eating. In the first few days after birth, the baby’s bowels are sterile. But as some days pass by, a wide range of bacteria tend to grow in the bowel. And poop too!

So, the poop of a baby exclusively on breast milk would be different than a formula-fed tot. Also, the breastfed baby would also have a changing color of poop. Depending on what mummy eats!

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Poop Consistency

The consistency of baby poop is also variable. And yup, the dietary factors are in play here too! So, the poop can be mushy and soft, filling the whole diaper. Or there can be small pellets. Or even a single hard stool.

In case of a hard stool that causes discomfort, you may want to rule out constipation. And talk to your doctor if the problem persists.

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The odor of Baby Poop

The odor of the poop tells how long the poop was in the baby’s gut. The longer the poop stays inside, the more bacteria and hence foul smell.

In general, babies on breast milk tend to have odorless poops. And those on formula feeds have a slight odor. This definitely changes as solid food is added to the baby’s diet.

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Babies’ Poop Smells Like Vinegar?

With the basics covered, we move on to the smelly problem; that is, why my baby’s poop smells like vinegar?

So, one day you decided to change your babies’ diaper. You noticed a strange acidic odor, like vinegar or sour cream from the diaper! And yup, apart from that horrible smell putting you off, you immediately start wondering if your baby is okay?

What Causes Poop to Smell Like Vinegar?

Baby poop normally does not smell like vinegar or sour cream. The acidic odor may indicate that your baby is having a hard time digesting their food.

It can also point to a bug in the tummy or some other tummy trouble. Some of which are given below:

Malabsorption of Food?

When the baby’s tummy is not able to properly absorb nutrients from the food, the resultant product is that the baby’s poop smells like vinegar. Or gives off a sour, acidic smell.

Malabsorption is a problem that needs prompt care. Because not only does the baby’s poop smell like vinegar. The baby often has diarrhea and weight loss. With stunted growth!

Lactose Intolerance and Vinegar Poop!

One of the reasons babies’ poop smells like vinegar is that the baby’s tummy is sensitive to lactose present in the milk. Or other dairy products that you feed them.

In case you are breastfeeding your baby, lactose may enter the milk from lactose-containing products (mostly dairy) that you are consuming.

Keep an eye out for lactose intolerance as it presents with other symptoms too, such as bloating, baby passing too much gas, and even diarrhea or loose stools.

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Food Sensitivities?

Certain food items such as nuts, eggs, soy, and dairy, or food containing these items may be giving your baby’s digestive system a hard time. That tiny tummy may not be able to digest these foods and may end up being sensitive to them; hence, causing babies’ poop to smell like vinegar. And even causing the stool to be bulkier than usual!

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Teething Troubles

Teething is a tough time for your baby and you. And although there is little to no scientific evidence to back up this observation. Some parents have reported that their babies’ poop smells like vinegar. Especially when a tooth is about to pop up!

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Allergies to Certain Foods

Sometimes the reason your babies’ poop smells like vinegar may be a sudden reaction to a food substance. That did not go well with your tots’ tummy.

And that allergic reaction caused the stool to have much or even blood in it. Apart from that bad acidic odor, you may want to consult your doctor, especially if there is a family history of such food allergies.

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Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is another culprit for causing babies’ poop to smell like vinegar. Look out for other symptoms of Crohn’s disease. These include loose watery stools, often with blood and mucus. This is often explosive diarrhea.

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Babies Poop Smells Like Vinegar – What Should You Look Out For?

As a parent, coming across this foul situation surely would make you lose a night’s sleep! But that won’t be necessary.

You should keep a watch on the pattern of bowel movements. And any associations that you can pick. If you are breastfeeding your baby, keep a note of the stuff you are eating. Especially dairy products.

And if they or any food item is causing the problem. You can easily remove them from your and your babies’ diet.

Another thing to look out for is the number of episodes of vinegar-smelling poop your baby has. If they are only one or two, then there no need to worry.

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When to Call Your Doctor?

However, if this is a persistent problem and your baby is developing other alarm symptoms, such as diarrhea, dehydration, high fever, or your child is irritable and is refusing to feed; then you should check in with your doctor. The sooner, the better!

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Shingles Around Babies – Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Much similar to chickenpox, shingles is a viral infection that can be a cause of great distress. Before we delve into the subject of shingles around babies, let us explain what exactly the condition is.

Shingles, also termed as herpes and herpes zoster is caused by the virus known as the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). This same virus is also responsible for giving you chickenpox. Shingles is described as the reactivation of the VZV that lays dormant in your nervous system after your chickenpox heals. A person is usually at risk of suffering from shingles only once in their lifetime.

A person can only get shingles if they have had chickenpox before. This resurfacing of the VZV in the form of shingles is attributed to a weak immune system. Thus, older people, specifically those above the age of 50 are more prone to it. However, shingles around babies is also a rare but possible occurrence.

Like any other disease, shingles too has a unique set of signs, symptoms, causes, and treatments. Let’s explore said signs and symptoms;

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Some Common Signs & Symptoms of Shingles

How to tell if your infant has shingles? The following are the physical signs and symptoms could help you identify a case of shingles around babies:

Minor symptoms

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Signs of tiredness
  • Changed behavior and less energy
  • Headaches

Major symptoms

  • Burning and itching of the skin
  • The appearance of rashes or red blotches
  • The appearance of fluid-like blisters
  • Irritation and tingling sensations

Unlike chickenpox, shingles typically affects a certain part of the skin rather than the entirety of it – usually in the form of a belt on the torso. Aside from the torso, blisters can also surround the eyes. This can be extremely hazardous if left untreated and could cause permanent eye damage.

If any of the symptoms listed above appear, a doctor must be contacted within the next 24 hours.

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Causes of Shingles

Shingles are caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, as mentioned before. However, as opposed to chickenpox, it cannot be contracted by someone who has shingles. If there is shingles around babies, it has been caused by the virus that was already inside them, even if they came into contact with someone who had shingles. Shingles, therefore, is a non-contractible and non-transmittable disease.

Though, a person suffering from shingles can give chickenpox to someone who has never had them in the past.

Older people are most vulnerable to the condition because of their frail immune systems. This condition can similarly affect anyone with a risked immune system, such as those suffering from conditions like the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) or certain cancers like leukemia and lymphoma. People on medications that debilitate their immunity are also an easy target for the condition.

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Treatment & Prevention

Once your infant gets shingles, you can do nothing but wait for it to heal on its own. The healing process can take from 2 weeks to about a month.

There are, however, ways to prevent shingles around babies from developing in the first place. The vaccine for shingles was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 2006 and has been used to reduce the chances of getting the disease ever since. However, the vaccine is exclusively recommended for people over 60 years of age.

A chickenpox vaccine lowers your baby’s chances of contracting the disease and therefore shingles too. Having your child vaccinated against chickenpox will undoubtedly defend them against a shingles outbreak, too.

If shingles around babies has already fully developed, there are steps that you can take to prevent its further spread.

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You need to keep the blisters of your child covered so that the oozing fluid does not come in contact with potential chickenpox contractors. Furthermore, you need to wash your baby’s hands to ensure cleanliness. In addition to this, you should try to keep your baby’s hands away from the blisters so that they do not scratch them too aggressively. You can use other, softer materials to scratch the blisters for them, such as a neem tree branch.

As far as the treatment is concerned, when you consult a doctor and they diagnose the condition as shingles, they are likely to prescribe the following medications:

  • zovirax (acyclovir),
  • valtrex (valacyclovir),
  • famvir (famciclovir).

The antiviral medications above are never to be taken without a prescription. You also need to confirm with your doctor about their safety for your baby.

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Health Complications Associated with Shingles

If neglected, shingles can lead to some grave health complications for your baby. It can progress and evolve into more severe and painful diseases such as postherpetic neuralgia (PNH). Shingles rarely, but nonetheless can cause these complications:

  • pneumonia
  • brain inflammation
  • hearing issues

In extreme cases, shingles can result in death.

Although aged patients of shingles are more apt to become the victims of these complications, they can also occur in young ones. Thereby, apt and urgent care is absolutely imperative.

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How to tackle health complications associated with shingles around babies?

If your baby is to suffer from any complications during or after the healing of shingles, they would require treatment for it too.

Treatment of PNH especially tends to be lengthy and can take several years, and can even be lifelong.

Consulting a doctor holds great significance as the treatment of such issues can never be taken upon oneself.

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The Outlook

Perhaps the excruciating pain involved is the single most gruesome aspect of shingles. The damaged nerves under your skin can puzzle your brain into causing pain. This combined with the prolonged period of curing can make this time a hellish one for your little one.

The good news is, though, those younger patients completely recover from the disease and almost never show any further signs of the disease.

Take the necessary steps to take away a little from the distress your kid may face during this time.

We wish your infant a speedy recovery!

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Pink Noise for Babies: an Effective Sleep Inducer?       

Newborn babies often have trouble sleeping and adopt an irregular sleeping pattern. This not only creates problems for them but for their parents too. Readjustment of one’s schedule to align with their baby’s circadian rhythm can be a hassle. Moreover, babies themselves usually do not get enough sleep and end up being irritable.

It takes time for babies to get used to the outside world and its features. They are surrounded by all kinds of sounds in the womb, such as the mother’s heartbeat, the stomach’s gurgles and the rushing of blood through arteries, etc. This is why sounds outside or the lack thereof may seem unfamiliar to them.

Thankfully, many sleep experts have specifically suggested techniques to make things better. One such technique is the use of pink noise for babies to help them sleep better.

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What is Pink Noise?

Pink noise is one of many types of noises with certain characteristics that have been named after colors. It is similar to white noise i.e. a sound which is equally high across all hearable frequencies, except the higher frequencies are reduced. This leaves us with a deeper and more repressed version of it. Think of it as white noise but with an increased bass.

Although white noise is also popular amongst parents aiming to put their babies to sleep, pink noise is deemed more suitable. There are several reasons for that and the comparison below highlights them.

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How is pink noise for babies a different and better option than white noise?

It is much more soothing

Pink noise is deeper and has a lower pitch than white noise, which renders it more soothing to the ears.

It is natural

Pink noise occurs naturally and is found in abundance in nature. White noise, on the other hand, is manufactured. This means that your brain actually tries to crack it, rather than being relaxed by it.

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It is similar to many sounds in a womb

Pink noise replicates the kind of sounds a baby is accustomed to hearing in the womb. Thereby, they may find it relatively more familiar than white noise, which is merely a ‘shhhh’ sound.

It regulates brain waves

Unlike white noise, pink noise slows down brain waves and triggers sleepiness. These slow brain waves are linked to deep sleep.

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It can help with better memory retention in the future

According to a 2017 study’s findings, subjects that fell asleep listening to pink noise performed 26% better at a memory test the next morning, than those who did not.

Various studies have associated pink noise with a deeper, more relaxing sleep. They further imply that it plays a role in improving memory. For these reasons and more, slumber experts have stressed on pink noise for babies for better sleep.

Some examples of pink noises are as follows:

  • the pattering of rain,
  • the beating of heart,
  • the rustling of leaves,
  • the whooshing of ocean waves,
  • a steadily roaring waterfall,
  • a slowed fan, et cetera.

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The Benefits of Getting Ample Sleep for Your Baby

According to science, sleep plays a significant role in the healthy development of your baby. It is an activity (or rather inactivity) that your baby devotes a great chunk of its time to on the daily, and it does so for a reason.

Not getting enough sleep can stunt the mental and physical development of a baby. Therefore, ensuring an undisturbed and deep sleep for your toddler is necessary.

A good sleeping routine at this age is apt to have a long-lasting effect. It can help with memory retention in the future, as well as a healthy physical and mental make-up.

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How to Incorporate Pink Noise into Your Baby’s Sleeping Schedule?

Now that the definition of pink noise is out of the way, the question stands – how to make use of it on your baby?

The first step is to learn about the average amount of sleep a baby needs at your toddler’s age.

The following averages are advised by doctors:

Newborns:

Around 16 hours per day, waking every now and then for feeding sessions.

At 1-2 months:

A little over 15 hours per day.

At 3-6 months:

With 4-5 hour long sleeping sessions, up to 15 hours.

At 6-12 months:

More at night than at daytime, a total of 14 hours of sleep.

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Consider the following for guidance

There are several equally effective options that can be chosen; from mobile apps to devices dedicated to emitting pink noise. If you are unable to invest in a gadget or a subscription, recordings of pink noise for babies can also be readily found on free streaming services such as Spotify and Youtube.

Play the pink noise whenever your infant displays signs of drowsiness. You should expect your baby to not react right away, or even respond negatively by wailing or shifting exasperatedly. You need not worry. This would wear off with time and soon the accustomed baby would link the ambient sounds with bedtime.

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Furthermore, it is recommended that you keep the sounds playing throughout your baby’s sleep to drown out any external noises. Besides, turning it off may disrupt it especially if your infant has gotten used to it playing alongside.

Position the device no more than a couple of feet away from your sleeping baby. Adjust the volume so as not to cause any irritation to those little ears.

Typically, the devices offer a range of pink noises for babies, such as rain, heartbeat, and beach waves. Play each one on alternative nights and try to notice if your baby shows a liking to a particular one, and play that one from then onward.

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Wait for the magic!

Pink noise would not only stimulate your baby’s but your sleep also. It can majorly help restore the serenity of your home, with well-relaxed, contented and comfortable inhabitants.

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A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Teething Babies and Infants

The process of teething is a distressing one for both the baby and the parents. The regular tantrums completely throw off the home’s environment and are also worrisome for the parents. Doctors have not come up with a way to completely eliminate the pain as of yet. However, there are some steps that can be taken to alleviate it to a certain degree.  One such tactic is the usage of essential oils.

Essential oils are highly potent. Thus, extra care must be employed when using them, especially when it comes to infants. This article aims to set out a number of thumb tips that would diminish the chances of hazard, as well as suggest the appropriate essential oils for teething babies and infants at different intervals of teething.

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How to Safely Use Essential Oils on Teething Babies and Infants

Essential oils are greatly concentrated versions of their regular plants. Hence, precaution is absolutely imperative. Bear in mind the following safety tips that will ensure that their usage on your baby is safe and efficient.

Some safety tips

Consult with an aromatherapist or child specialist

What better way to gain information about something than from someone who specialized in it? An aromatherapist would help you grasp some basics about essential oils, as well as their uses. You can specifically ask them about the safe oils for your infant, and it does not get any more direct.

If you are unable to get in touch with an aromatherapist, a typical child specialist can also help clear your misconceptions.

Do not use essential oil that the specialist advises you against.

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Research about the essential oil before usage

Don’t have access to specialists? Try researching yourself. The internet is crammed with articles covering topics concerning babies. These steps will help you research more thoroughly and attain better results:

  • Look up essential oils for teething babies and infants
  • Make sure you search for the ones pertaining to your infant’s age
  • Pick out the top results
  • Make separate searches for each one of them and find out about their dilution levels etc.

In case you have a few bottles of these elixirs on hand, definitely confirm their safety and suitability for a baby.

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Read the instructions; pay attention to possible side-effects

Be absolutely certain about possible allergic reactions, before it’s too late. Do not apply the oil if it can potentially harm your baby. Do not use the essential oils that are abundant in such possible effects especially if your child has a special – skin or otherwise – condition.

However, in the worst-case scenario; if your child is to have an unwanted reaction, see a doctor straight away.

Don’t diffuse the essential oil

It can be potentially perilous for babies to inhale essential oils as it can lead to asthma. Oral application is deemed as the best method because it contains the least risk.

Never swallow the essential oil

Whatever you do, make essential oils never come in contact with your child internally. This can be incredibly detrimental and can result in a myriad of undesired health-related consequences.

Comply with the regulations above to ensure the safety and comfort of your baby.

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The Best Essential Oils for Babies of Different Ages

Babies usually start teething when they are around 8 months old, up till the age of 2-2 1/2. However, the process varies from infant to infant and can start as early as only 3 months old. As babies develop immensely during the first few years of their life, a baby of a certain age can differ greatly in physical make-up from one of a different age. It is, therefore, vital that essential oils are categorized according to age, too.

Here is a detailed list of suitable essential oils for your teething infant or baby of various ages:

For 3-6 months old infants

Lavender

Lavender, with its exquisite aroma, is a calming agent. It is very gentle, which makes it unlikely to cause irritation. Additionally, it can induce sleep in an exhausted baby, making for a great stress reliever.

Use a diluted solution with .5% lavender oil to carrier oil ratio.

Chamomile

Chamomile is considered a highly effective sedative. Furthermore, its nontoxic nature renders it appropriate for very young babies i.e. the one below 6 months of age.

Chamomile oil is to be used diluted, with a ratio of less than .5% of essential oils to carrier oil.

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For babies older than 6 months

Marjoram

Known for its pain-relieving properties, marjoram can majorly reduce your teething baby’s muscle and joint pain.

Use a diluted version with at most .5% marjoram oil to carrier oil ratio.

Ginger

Ginger oil can help treat muscular aches and fatigue. Therefore, it is apt in lessening teething pains, although it should be used with care as it sometimes causes irritation.

Use after diluting in a carrier oil with up to .25% ratio of essential oil.

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For babies above 2 years old

Clove buds

Clove buds are effective in alleviating muscular pain. Moreover, they have antiseptic and analgesic properties.

Their high potency makes clove buds a slightly more risky option when it comes to babies. Clove bud oil therefore should be used carefully and in the right amount.

It should be diluted at a ratio of lesser than .25% in order to be used.

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Different application methods

Essential oils can be applied to babies in one of the following two methods:

  • Externally using a cotton pad; soak the cotton into the oil or drop the oil onto the cotton pad, and wipe the baby’s jawline, neck, and backside of ears.
  • Internally using a cotton pad/cloth; soak the cloth into the oil and apply it onto the baby’s gums.

Before using either of those methods, do a patch test. Apply the oil onto the baby’s arm or leg and wait for any allergic reactions. Only proceed if the result is positive.

The comfort of their baby is a top priority for new and experienced parents alike. One must go through these often painful stages of development with their child, but the minimization of the pain can always be possible. The existence of strategies such as usage of essential oils for teething babies and infants is thereby a blessing.

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