Teething can be one of the most difficult stages for a parent and baby to get through. Often babies can become fussy, temperamental and difficult to placate, whereas some babies may show little or no symptoms at all.
Your baby’s teeth actually start developing whilst your baby is still in the womb, and some are even born with a couple of milk teeth in their mouth already. Teething can start anywhere before 6 months or after 12; around 6 months is the general age that babies will begin to cut teeth.
Symptoms of Teething
Parents report all sorts of side effects from teething, such as diarrhoea, fever and nappy-rash. However not scientifically proven, these are certainly signs to be aware of. The most common symptoms of teething include:
- Red swollen gums
- Flushed cheeks
- Excessive dribbling
- Chin rashes
You may find that your baby is struggling to feed, or not wanting to feed at all. This is because sucking actually causes blood to rush to the already sore gums. There are several ways to ease teething pains for your little one. Our Clevamama Clevafeed
is a great solution to this issue as the teething dummy can be filled with baby food so your little one can chew and receive nutrition at the same time.
Easing Teething Pain
- Cool, sugar-free drinks will help relieve swollen gums – not too cold though, you don’t want to give your little one brain freeze!
- There are numerous teething gels and pain medicines specifically designed for babies, however read the label carefully. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issues a warning against using oral pain relief that contains salicylate salts as these can have a harmful effect in children under the age of 16. Safe teething products include Anbesol Teething Gel and Calgel, amongst others.
- Allowing your child to chew and gnaw on teething rings and teething toys is by far one of the most effective short term solutions for your baby.
- Dribble bibs are also a must when your baby is teething. Your baby is likely to dribble A LOT, which can cause rashes around the chin and neck. A terry towelling or soft dribble bib for absorbing and wiping up is an absolute God-send and can save a world of additional irritation for avoidable rashes.
Every baby is different and will develop teeth at different ages, however if you’re ever concerned that something isn’t as it should be you should always contact your doctor or NHS Direct on 08457 4647.
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