Joys Of Teething

It’s a great moment when you see your baby’s first tiny white tooth, but it isn’t always a smooth journey as new teeth can also cause a lot of pain and discomfort, as they push their way through sore, red gums. Teething can be a stressful time for parents and babies. All babies experience it in different ways and that’s why it’s important to learn how to help ease their pain.

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Signs Your Baby Is Teething

Before the first tooth appears, your baby might show these early signs of teething. Here is a few to look out for:

  • Fever

  • Excessive dribbling

  • Flushed cheeks

  • Sensitive red gums

  • A desire to chew on whatever they can find

  • Crying

  • Refusing to eat

  • Waking up at night distressed

Baby Girl with Soother

How Can You Help Your Baby?

Here are some tips to keep in mind when your baby is teething:

 

Massage your baby's gums with a clean finger.

 

Use a cloth and gently wipe your baby's face to remove the drool and prevent rashes from developing.

 

Give your baby something to chew on such as a teething toy. There are many silicone and wood teethers available that are safe for your baby to use.

Teething biscuits are ok if your child is already eating solid foods. I used to use carrots and cucumbers. Don't use them if your child has not yet started solids. And make sure to watch your baby to make sure that no pieces break off or pose a choking hazard.

 

If your baby seems irritable, ask your doctor if it is OK to give a dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen (for babies older than 6 months) to ease discomfort.

 

Never tie a teething ring around a baby's neck or any other body part — it could get caught on something and strangle the baby.

 

Don't use teething gels and tablets because they may not be safe for babies.

Teething Products Available

There are many products available to help children during teething. Have a look at some of our products that can be purchased.