“Old wives” were well renowned for a number of tales and many of these tales were targeted towards parents, especially mothers who were in search of remedies associated with teething problems. What's interesting is that a number of natural types of teething remedies are derived from many years ago.
One of the more peculiar tales told involves a raw egg in its shell that is placed inside a sock belonging to the baby that may be suffering from discomfort and pain associated with teething.
For those parents that wish to try out this remedy, the egg should be placed in an unwashed, used sock. The sock should now be hung in the closet or bedroom where the baby sleeps. Strange as this story may sound (Obviously the theory has no medical or scientific evidence in supporting this idea) many parents have being convinced that this particular “old wives” tale works.
Is This Tale A Type Of Placebo Effect Or Is There More?
The success of this specific tale could be due to a placebo effect, or there are other explanations. One of these explanations is to do with the absorption capacity of eggs. Apparently it has been said that the shell of an egg has the ability to absorb carbon dioxide to around 7 times its weight. It has been said that the additional carbon dioxide that is absorbed out of the room can lead to relief related to teething pains.
This egg used in a sock remedy, could be the technique many parents are in search for to alleviate their own child’s discomfort or pain. However, there are several other remedies that are also available for this problem.
The Signs Related To Teething:
- Chewing on the hands or the fingers
- Appetite loss
- Disturbed or restless sleeping habits
- Increased drooling
- Mild to moderate diaper rash
- Loose Stools
Natural Teething Remedies
Below are a few safe substances that can be given to a baby to chew on (aside from The Teething Egg!) when teething:
- Wet a clean and sterile washcloth and tie it in a knot, freeze the cloth for around 30 minutes before giving the cloth to the baby.
- Use Baltic amber rings or necklaces made out of real amber. These stones are filled with succinic acid known as a natural and beneficial compound. Amber that is derived from the Baltic region was and still is commonly used throughout Europe as a cure for a number of ailments and as a type of natural antibiotic.
- Another type of common remedy that has been used for many years would be clove oil. This oil is well known for its numbing and warming properties. Only a tiny amount should be used on the gums in order to relieve discomfort. It is important to know that too much clove oil can easily upset a baby’s stomach.
- Natural licorice which is a type of herb and not a type of candy numbs and cools the gums when the baby chews on a stick. This natural licorice can be found in health stores.