The appearance of your baby’s first tooth is a very important milestone in his life. Not all babies will get their teeth at the same time. Some babies start teething as early as 3-4 months, while others may only start as late as 12 months. Generally, most babies start teething between 6-10 months.
You can usually tell when your baby starts teething. He’ll start drooling more than usual and you’ll notice that he chews his fingers and toys more often. He’ll also be unusually irritable and niggly and he might pull on his cheeks and ears.
Help your baby relieve his sore gums with these helpful tips and tricks:
- Frozen teething rings can really help to soothe sore and tender gums. Let the teething ring thaw after taking it out of the freezer to avoid trauma to your baby’s gums.
- There are a variety of teething gels and powders that you can rub on your baby’s gums to relieve the pain. Check the list of ingredients first, because some contain local anaesthetic which causes the mouth and lips to go numb. This may cause your baby to bite himself as more teeth start making their appearance.
- The easiest thing you can do to soothe teething pain is to rub your baby’s gums with a cloth or your finger for about two minutes if the tooth hasn’t erupted yet.
- If you don’t have a teething ring, you can give your baby a wet cloth, cooled in the fridge to chew on.
- Some babies like having something hard to chew on. You can give your older baby apples, carrots or other raw vegetables to chew on. Keep an eye on your little one just in case pieces break off, as they can be choking hazards.
- Ice lollies, cool purified food and biltong can be given to older babies to chew on.
- Sometimes the pain can be extreme and keep your baby from sleeping well. Paracetamol and ibuprofen, given in the correct doses, can help with severe teething pain.
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