How can you help your teething baby when they are unsettled or in discomfort? Here’s some tips on getting through this challenging phase.
Teething is an exciting time for parents as they look for those first signs of a new tooth in their little one’s mouth. However, it can be an uncomfortable experience for your baby as those new teeth are getting ready to break through. Symptoms to look for include:
- Increased restlessness at night
- Lengthy crying spells
- Pulling of the ears (This can also indicate an ear infection so check with your GP/PHN if unsure)
- Chewing on hands or other items
- Red/blotchy cheeks
- Nappy rash
- Poor appetite
Teething can start any time from the first few months up to the age of 2-3 and it’s good to know what to do to help your teething baby through this phase. Here are a few useful remedies:
These can help to numb the gums a little and lessen the pain. Always check with your pharmacist or GP for use and dosage instructions.
Never give foods directly from the freezer, but cold foods from the fridge such as fruit, vegetables, yoghurt and cold water can be soothing. Try the ClevaFeed Baby Fruit Feeder, which allows your little one to ‘gum’ on chilled fruits through the silicone teat without risk of choking. This also helps to massage the gums through chewing.
Gently massage your little one’s gums with a clean finger or muslin cloth. This can also be done from birth to keep your little ones gums clean and get them used to teeth brushing once their teeth start to appear.
Your teething baby will love to chew things, so give them a toy or teething ring specially made for this purpose. It may be a good idea to keep a bib handy for extra dribbles! 😉
Yes, this actually is a thing! You can buy teething jewellery which you can wear for your baby to gum on while you’re holding them. They’re going to grab at any jewellery you wear anyway so why not buy something that’s made to be chewed on? Just be sure to choose a reputable brand that’s specifically made for this purpose.
Your child will have all their first teeth before they turn 3 years old. But even before they appear, you can introduce your little one to good oral hygiene habits. Check out the HSE guidelines for details.
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