Baby Teething Tips | Born Gifted
Every baby is different and for some the teething process has very little effect on them, for others however teething can be a very painful and distressing experience. Teething is a very important milestone in an infant’s life but it can make them irritable and upset. Learn how to spot the first signs of teething and help ease some of the discomfort with some expert advice.
What is teething?
For some babies teething starts as early as four months old, but with others it can be as long as 12 months - it really does vary with the child. The majority of children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are two and a half years old.
What happens during teething?
Teething at 6-10 months
The lower front teeth (incisors) usually come through first
Teething at 8-12 months
The top front teeth (incisors) appear
Teething at 9-31 months
The top lateral incisors come through (these are either side of the top front teeth)
Teething at 10-16 months
The bottom lateral incisors come through (these are either side of the bottom front teeth)
Teething at 16-23 months
The canines appear
Teething at 13-19 months
The back teeth (molars) come through
Teething at 23-33 months
Lastly the second molars come through
Symptoms of teething
Some babies will show little symptoms of teething whereas others will be more obvious. Crying and restlessness are tell-tale signs and some babies break out in rashes on their chins and body due to increased dribbling.
One sign is that they start to chew their own fingers or toys or have a slightly raised temperature. Gums may become reddened, swollen and tender and they may be reluctant to eat and have a poor appetite.
The key is not to panic, teething is a completely natural process and luckily there are some things you can try to help your baby through this painful process. If your baby has a very high temperature, seems very poorly and you are concerned for their wellbeing, obviously you should contact your GP straight away.
Treatments for alleviating teething symptoms
2) Apply pressure using a clean finger to provide temporary relief (warning beware sharp new teeth if you try this!)
3) You can purchase special sugar-free gel which contains a mild local anaesthetic to numb the pain.
4) Give them something to chew on like teething biscuits, fruit or vegetables, apple and carrot are ideal but make sure you supervise them when eating.
5) Soak a clean cloth or muslin in cold water (or cold camomile tea) and let baby chew on this
6) If your baby has a raised temperature, medicine like Calpol can help.
7) A cool drink like water can help to soothe the gums
8) Peppermint oil can help sooth sore gums - just add one drop of peppermint oil to 2 spoons of coconut oil and gently dab onto baby's gums
9) Simply comforting your baby with cuddles and kisses can give them the reassurance they need or alternatively, distract them by playing.