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Teething Powder from Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Chinese Teething Powder

Teething is such a pain for babies. And it’s also a bane for parents who need to carry their young ones all day and overnight just to soothe them. We need a baby teething remedy that is effective. And with my two daughters, I used only one things — Chinese teething powder.

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The cute cute Shane after I have massaged her gums with the black Chinese teething powder. She looks bewildered here because of the camera flash. hahaha Shame on Mama!

Signs of Teething in Babies

According to babycenter.com, the following are signs of teething in babies:

  • Drooling
  • Swollen, bulging gums
  • A tooth visible below the gum
  • Irritability and trouble sleeping
  • Trying to bite, chew, and suck on everything
  • Rubbing her face
  • Rejecting their bottle or food
  • Grabbing her ear

In my daughters, the most obvious would probably be the first three. But they were not very irritable. And the drooling wasn’t that much either. Here’s what I did and what happened.

Obedience to Mother in Law

When my eldest Dindin was still a baby, like two months old, I started her on the black teething powder. It was my mother-in-law, who is Chinese (by now you must already know that I married into a Chinese family), who gave it to me.

She said that it softens the baby’s gums and makes teething time easier for them. I am an obedient daughter-in-law (ehem ehem Mama hehehe) and dutifully used it on Dindin. But since I am forgetful, I do not do it every day, rather whenever I would remember it. Sometimes, it’s once a day, sometimes it twice a day, sometimes it’s whenever.

Late Teething

Now, Dindin’s teeth came out rather late. Most of the babies I know had their teeth come out as early as six months.

In Dindin’s case, it was not until 8 months that I noticed her top and bottom front teeth have already come out. I didn’t even know because I already stopped putting the teething powder by this time and have massaged her gums using a plastic brush. So I have not felt her gums anymore. I have finished I think five packs of the powder throughout the months.

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Here is the Chinese teething powder beside Shane. It’s so small actually. Shane really hates flash photography. haha Mama!

Honestly, I never knew that she was teething because she never fussed, didn’t have fever, and didn’t suck on anything. It was like a normal occurrence and to think that her teeth came out late and her gums are already tougher with age. Her teeth came out one after the other and before we realized it, her molars were already showing and we did not even notice it because she did not show teething symptoms.

No Teething Difficulties for 2 Kids

It may be because Dindin is not that sensitive but I may also attribute it to these breezy teething time to the Chinese powder. My husband’s cousin have three children and she said that she started applying the powder at 1 month and all of them did not have problems with teething.

For Shane our second daughter, I started the black powder on her at three months old. Her teeth also started coming out about the same time as Dindin–between seven to eight months. I was able to observe her teething, as I continued using the teething powder. And also, I was breastfeeding her, so I would notice the change in her latch.

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What I can say is that both did not suffer through teething. It just like any other day in the household. So I am bound to conclude that after two kids, the Chinese teething powder really works!

No English Name

Sorry, this thing doesn’t have an English name but if you go to a Chinese drugstore, just ask for the teething powder.

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So here is the packaging. It is sealed in a foil pack but the powder is inside that cute little bottle with pink cover. Yes, the powder is not black. It just becomes as it comes into contact with liquid.

In Bacolod, the most popular Chinese drug store is Hua Kong. Their main branch is located at Tindalo Street, Shopping, Bacolod City. But they also have a branch at SM Supermarket. Just ask them and they will know what to give you. I have put the picture here so that you will know.

Medical Approval

And now, to answer the question hanging in your heads.

No, I did not ask our pediatrician about this baby teething remedy. This is traditional medicine and will certainly not be approved by modern medicine. So there are no approved therapeutic claims. I am not claiming to be a doctor. So my testimonies are purely anecdotal.

How to apply the Chinese teething powder

The Chinese teething powder is very easy to use. Your baby will enjoy the time because you can make cooing sounds, smile, and make eye contact while doing the gum massage.

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Shane liked our bonding time while I am massaging her gums. I look at her in the eyes, talk to her, and just bond. I usually do this after her morning bath.
  1. Clean your hands properly and dry it out.
  2. Put a little powder on the palm of one hand.
  3. Moisten the index finger of your other hand a bit, just enough for the powder to stick to it.
  4. Massage your baby’s gums with the powder. Keep getting some powder from your other hand until everything is used up.
  5. Wipe the outside of your baby’s mouth. You may opt to give water afterwards. In my case, I just let it stay there because her saliva will just wash the powder.
  6. Do this once per day.

Black Stains

If the powder will stain the clothes or bib, just wash it. The stain is not permanent. In my case, I don’t use the bib to wipe. Rather, I use facial tissue to wipe off the excess so that I can just throw it away afterwards.

Don’t be scared to use it just because it is black. It must taste good (Mama said it’s a wee bit salty) because Shane is smiling whenever I do that to her. And then she chews on it afterwards. It smells like aromatic herbs.

One tube costs less than P100 here in Bacolod. But it could be cheaper in Manila, like in Binondo. So you see, it is so much cheaper than other products and works so well!

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