Teething in infants? Have the reflex of homeopathy!

In infants or young children, teething can lead to a number of local or general incidents.

On the local level

We can sometimes observe:

  • Pericoronitis with inflammation of the mucous membrane, hypersalivation and repercussions on character (agitation, insomnia). There may even be suppuration.
  • Gingivitis .
  • A follicular cyst with swelling of the gingival margin.

Borax :

We are in the presence of stomatitis gingivitis with mouth ulcers (these lesions are very painful at the slightest contact, especially with acidic or salty food. The baby cannot therefore suckle and refuses the breast or the bottle.

Dosage : Borax 5CH, 5 granules 3 or 4 times a day. This medicine is also suitable for oral candidiasis in infants (thrush).

In this particular case, it is a good idea to combine mouthwashes with bicarbonated water in order to alkalize the oral environment, and to take a daily dose of Candida albicans 15 CH or an isotherapeutic agent for fungal ulcers.

Phytolacca :

The infant especially experiences an irresistible need to squeeze the gums against each other during teething.

Dosage : Take in 7 CH, 5 granules 3 or 4 times a day.

Mercurius solubilis :

This medication is indicated when there is inflammation of the gums with hypersalivation, thick, swollen tongue . Sometimes stomatitis coexists . The little patient also has an intense thirst .

Dosage : Take in 9 CH, 5 granules 1 to 2 times a day.

On a general level

At the same time, we can observe:

  • Salivary and/or nasal hypersecretion.
  • Redness of the cheeks or, more often, of only one cheek. Cheek eczema or diaper rash.
  • A thermal surge.
  • A reflex otalgia.
  • Digestive phenomena: anorexia, vomiting, diarrhoea…
  • Nervous behavioral disorders: agitation, anger, insomnia.

A number of medicinal substances produce similar symptoms in their pathogenetic experimentation. They will therefore be the corresponding homeopathic medicines.

In the face of general or concomitant symptoms, it is necessary to think of the main medicine for dental flare-ups:

Chamomilla :

The pathogenesis reveals hyperesthesia to pain, an irritable, angry, capricious character, digestive disorders . Chamomilla thus finds its indication in infants tired by teething, angry, capricious. Very often he has one cheek red and hot, the other pale and cold . Disorders of character improve when the child is carried in the arms or when taken for a walk in the car. During teething, there may be: hyperthermia, diarrhea or bronchitis.

Dosage : In infants who are usually good-natured and kind, and become angry when teething painfully, give 5 granules of Chamomilla 15 CH to be repeated, if necessary, every quarter of an hour. Relief is usually quick. Discontinue the medication as soon as the pain subsides. When, in addition to character disorders, there is fever, diarrhea or cough, you should take Chamomilla 15 CH, 5 granules twice a day, possibly combined with the necessary complementary homeopathic medicine, depending on the symptomatology. Specifically :

Podophyllum :

In case of watery and mucous diarrhea, abundant, preceded by pain and rumbling. Diarrhea is often more frequent in the morning , and the pain is notably improved when the child is lying on his stomach . The infant squeezes the gums.

Dosage : Take Podophyllum in 9 or 15 CH, 5 granules after each bowel movement, lower dilutions risking maintaining or aggravating diarrheal phenomena.

Medorrhinum :

This drug is also indicated in case of diaper rash in infants who tend to sleep in the knee-chest position.

Dosage : Take in 9 or 15 CH, 1 to 2 doses per week.


Clementine. M.
Writer of scientific articles
Naturopath – Aromatherapist / Herbalist – Phytotherapist
Consultant in clinical phyto-aromatherapy and Ethnomedecine

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