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Using EFT for teething pain

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Hi Everyone,

Here's a fabulous use for EFT from Dianne Keast that mothers, infant caregivers and physicians should love. Note how Dianne customizes EFT for this purpose and how her baby eventually calms another child using just one tapping point.

Hugs, Gary

By Dianne Keast

Dear Gary,

Thank You so much for giving us EFT. I wanted to share with you my experience with EFT and my daughter’s teething pain. We had been using EFT for months but had not tried it on the baby. She was about 18 months old at that time and she started cutting teeth again. She was always cranky. I had almost weaned her of the bottle but she was so miserable with her new teeth that she didn’t have much interest in food and she reverted to depending on the bottle again. She had to have a pain reliever to sleep at night and still woke up several times during the night rubbing at her face because her teeth hurt. 

At last it dawned on me to try EFT on her. At first, she didn’t like to be tapped so I used a gentle circular rubbing at each point. This worked very well. If she was crying or having a fit, it would calm down immediately. Later as she got used to the EFT points being touched, we converted to tapping.

We were having good success with this procedure but I wanted to see if we could customize it. We started experimenting with different points and it slowly evolved into our own shortcut protocol. For example we used the collarbone and under arm points because our daughter seemed to like them and would smile when we tapped them. But we left out the under nose point and chin because she was always suckling while we tapped.

One day I remembered reading in a reflexology book a rescue remedy for tooth pain; it said that if your tooth hurts you can find the reflex spot in one of your toes. You do this by feeling each toe until you come across a spot that is unusually tender, and then you gently massage that spot until the tenderness leaves. I decided to adapt this as part of the EFT. Since I had no way of knowing which of her toes was tender, I massaged all of them at the end of each round of tapping.

GC COMMENT: Note that the toes points are also EFT points. They are at the other end of the meridians that the standard EFT addresses.

DIANNE CONTINUES: After a while, whenever she got cranky or had tooth pain, she would come to me and hold her toes up when she wanted EFT. This worked so well that we totally replaced the pain reliever with EFT and since EFT is drug free we were able to administer it much more often than medication.

Here is the tapping shortcut that was successful for us:

Tap or gently rub the point at the top of the head
The eye brow
The corner of the eye
The collar bone
The under arm
The wrist
The ankle
Now rub each of the little toes being sure to include the sides of the joints
End with the top of the head again  

Our daughter is now 23 months old and she is an EFT baby. We tap her whenever she is having a hard time and she calms down quickly. She also taps on us and herself.

Recently she was playing with a little boy her age who didn’t want to share with her; every time she would try to take a toy he would squeal at the top of his lungs, and start to cry. When this happened, my daughter would reach over and gently tap the top of his head and he would stop. She was very gentle and he seemed to enjoy it. 

This went on all night, whenever he started to cry about her sharing in the toys she would tap him gently on the top of his head. She tapped him again and again until she had tapped him into a calm state and he felt ok about sharing with her. We are so thrilled to be able to offer our daughter such a positive tool.

I have been waiting all my life to find EFT! I intend to open a practice as an EFT Coach.

Thank You for making all this possible for me. 

Dianne Keast

EFT Self Care Coach


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