Top Tips For Soothing Sore Gums
Although it does greatly depend on your baby, and his own timing, teething often begins between four and six months.
Teething is an uncomfortable period for both the baby and parents, so try some simple tips to help soothe your baby’s discomfort:
- With a clean finger or soft cloth, rub and gently massage your baby’s gums
- Offer your baby a teething ring. There are a variety available, some of which are suitable to go in the fridge to provide additional coolness for baby’s gums
- Use a safe, cold object like a cold face cloth or chilled teething ring. Don’t use anything frozen, as contact with extreme cold could be harmful to your baby
- If your baby has moved on to solid foods, you could try offering hard foods to chew on, such as raw, chilled carrot sticks
- You will probably find your baby drooling a lot more, this is normal in the teething process. Wipe away the excess drool to avoid any skin irritation.
- Speak to your pharmacist about some suitable teething remedies. There are a number of over-the-counter products that can provide some relief for your baby. Paracetamol or ibuprofen can help to reduce the pain
- Try rubbing a baby teething gel on, which may also help reduce the pain and inflammation of sore gums.
Some parents believe that during this period babies are more likely to suffer from fever and diarrhoea, but research has shown this is not the case and if you are concerned about any of your baby’s symptoms, please consult your public health nurse or GP.