In the first few months of a newborns life, teething is one of the biggest challenges faced by both mums and bubs and can make for a very uncomfortable baby. Understanding the likely signs of teething, coupled with some remedies on hand, can help to settle your baby and lessen the symptoms.
There is no way to know exactly when you can expect your baby to get their first tooth. For some it can be as early as three months or even as late as seven months, nevertheless symptoms tend to appear months before the first tooth emerges.
One thing that we do know, the most painful part of teething is when the tooth cuts the babies gum and the first few teeth will be the most uncomfortable before your baby starts to get used to the feeling. Once you start to see the teeth grow through, you can rest assured that the worst is over.
Here we explore likely symptoms and some useful remedies that can give bub that extra bit of relief
Teething symptoms can differ dramatically between babies and can last anywhere between a few days and several months, sometimes they will even come and go as your baby develops. When teething does start, you are likely to notice:
- Grouchiness or bad temper
- Change in sleeping patterns or disturbed sleep
- Drooling and extra dribble on baby’s chin
- Flushed or red cheeks
- Chin or face rash (from the extra saliva)
- A low appetite
- Sore and swollen gums
- Baby biting or rubbing their gums
There are countless natural remedies that can help combat teething pain and provide some relief for your baby, for instance…
1. Let them chew – Teething babies will want to chew anything they can (often your hand!) to counteract the pressure put on their gums as teeth cut through. Rubber teething rings are great for chewing; alternatively a soft wash cloth or even running your fingers over their gums can help reduce the discomfort.
2. Cool it down – Giving them a cool item to suck or chew on can numb your baby’s mouth and provide relief. Cold drinks, cool apple puree or yoghurt (if already introduced), or even a cold washcloth can help dramatically. Just remember not to offer anything too cold as it may be too harsh on delicate gums.
3. Oral drops or liquids – Teething drops or oral liquids are commonly used for medicinal relief of teething symptoms. Homeopathic teething drops or oral liquids [are options that] can provide a traditional alternative to medicines that may include aspirin or paracetamol..
4. Numbing Gels - These can be applied directly to a baby’s gums with your finger and provide rapid relief from discomfort. Several over the counter gels contain anaesthetic or alcohol but the option of traditional symptom relief without numbing is offered by a gel containing homeopathic ingredients. Always remember not to use numbing gels just before breastfeeding – it will make it harder for both the baby and yourself!
5. A Big Cuddle – Teething is a tough time for babies, and they are in pain, so sometimes they will refuse all other options and just need some comfort and cuddles from mummy or daddy.
Similar to when adults have a toothache, a baby’s gums while teething can be exceptionally sore and throb when lying down or being put to bed – remember to have a treatment on hand for bedtime to numb the pain and help baby (and yourself) get some much needed sleep.
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