Green Onion for Teething Babies. How it Works and Why?

If you’re a new parent, you have likely seen your babies go through the teething phase. Teething, also known as odontiasis, occurs around the four to twelve month mark when their teeth begins to grow through their gumline. The experience can be incredibly discomforting for babies, with many displaying symptoms ranging from drooling and whining to a fever and coughing.

If you’re a new parent, you’re likely looking for ways to make your child’s teething experience more comfortable. You may have tried numerous teething toys and home remedies to alleviate the pain your babies are going through. In fact, you have probably heard of giving them a green onion to gnaw on.

Note that scallions and green onions differ in that the latter is packed at an earlier stage and have a smaller bulb. Nonetheless, they are mostly the same and can be used in place of each other.

Why Do Green Onions Work?

While there are no scientific proof to back the claims, the humble vegetable has been proven by countless reviews on parent blogs and forums to be a natural remedy for soothing the discomfort associated with teething.

The primary reason for its seemingly magical solution to a baby’s teething pain may be due to the presence of quercetin, a powerful antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties. This provides an analgesic effect while helping to reduce any swelling and inflammation that will may occur when a baby is teething.

Additionally, onions contain many nutrients that can keep your baby healthy and strong. For instance, each stalk of green onion contains 0.4 grams of fiber, or 12% of a baby’s daily needs. It is also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, and folate (folic acid).

The coldness of the green onion also work well to reduce any swelling and relieve pain in the gums of your baby.

How to Prepare Green Onions for Your Baby?

Here are the steps you should take to prepare a green onion for your teething baby.

  1. Select the right green onion. Choose green onions that are dry and has a slight crunch. Those with a soft and mushy bulb is likely rotting from the inside and should be avoided.
  2. Clean up the green onion. This involves the removal of the roots and any parts of the green onion that has gone slimy or filmsy. You are advised to scrub the stalk with a soft bristle toothbrush to remove any traces of dirts that remains at the bulb. This is especially important as it is likely that a baby will bite along the entire stalk.
  3. Stick the green onion into the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes to give it a quick chill. The coldness of the green onion lessens the grassy flavor and soothes the swelling gum of teething babies. Avoid freezing the green onion as it will be too cold for the baby to chew on. Furthermore, thawing a frozen green onion will cause it to go limp and lose its crunchiness.
  4. Give your baby the chilled green onion. Encourage him or her to chew on the white end as that is where all the nutritions are. Be sure to monitor them to prevent them from biting off a large piece of it!

Will Other Fruits and Vegetables Work?

Many other varieties of onions such as red onions and ramps also contain high levels of quercetin. However, their strong and pungent taste make them unsuitable for babies who are still developing their tastebuds. As such, you may want to consider giving them vegetables that are milder in taste.

Some babies respond well to crunchy foods like carrots, celery, cucumbers, and cauliflower. Frozen fruits such as bananas, apples and strawberry are also suitable for teething babies. Nonetheless, these food should be given in a mesh or silicone teether to prevent them from swallowing a large chunk of it.

While these fruits and vegetables may not contain the quercetin that can help to reduce inflammation, these vegetables are packed with nutrients that are essential for growing babies. That said, you will just have to experiment a little to see what your baby likes best.

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