The Facts About Teething
For most babies, their first tooth sprouts around the 6 months, but you may see that first white bud appear any time from three months to one year.
Is teething painful?
The first tooth coming through can be painful. Your baby will be uncomfortable and will drool for a couple of weeks while the first tooth appears. This will be a tough time for the two of you, and you will need to comfort him as he tries to cope with the pain.
Because of this pain he may start biting, so the best thing to do is to actually give him something to bite on, or rub his gums to try and help soothe the pain. His cheeks may appear red and swollen and his gums could also become inflamed as he cuts a tooth.
Once the initial tooth has sprouted the other teeth will quickly follow. Normally the two bottom front teeth come along, followed by the top two middle, then the teeth on the sides and back.
Top tips for teething:
Rub baby’s gums. With a clean finger, face cloth or a gauze pad which has been moistened, gently massage the baby’s gums.
Use a teething ring. There are a variety of teething rings available, but we would suggest using one made of firm rubber which won’t crack or break under biting pressure.
Use a safe cold object. Using a cold face cloth or teething ring should help soothe the pain, however don’t use anything frozen as contact with extreme cold could be harmful to your baby.
Try some hard foods. If your baby is already moving into the weaning stage, you might want to give him something to gnaw on, such as a peeled, chilled carrot stick.
Drooling. You will probably find your baby drooling a lot more, this is normal in the teething process. Wipe away the excess drool so as to avoid skin irritation.
Over-the-counter remedies. There are a number of over-the-counter remedies that can provide some relief for your baby. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can help to reduce the pain. Ask your pharmacist for further advice. Baby teething gels and granules may also help reduce the pain and inflammation of sore gums.
This article is sponsored by Caldebaby Teething Gel