Your baby will probably start teething between 4 to 6 months, with a first tooth starting to appear around 6 months mark. However, it is not uncommon for baby’s to start teething as early as 3 months and as late as 1 year. Whenever this starts, your baby will usually suffer most with their first teeth as the sensation is new and also when their molars start to break through because of their size.
There are many telltale signs of teething to look out for including;
- Crying more at night
- Demanding even more attention than usual
- Flushed cheeks
- Excessive dribbling
- Red and swollen gums
- Refusing feeds
- Chewing on their hands
- Disrupted sleep patterns
Teething can disrupt your baby’s routine and lead to sleepless nights for you all. Thankfully as you’ll see, there are some things you can do to help relieve your baby’s discomfort and give you both a more restful night’s sleep!
How can I help my teething baby?
- Give them plenty of water to replace fluids lost through dribble.
- Gently rub a teething gel or teething granules into their gums.
- Give them a teething ring to chew on (the ones you can cool in the fridge are good).
- Your doctor may recommend infant pain relievers like paracetamol.
- Apply a barrier cream to their chin, neck and chest to stop them getting sore from dribbling.
- Distract them with lots of hugs or something to play with.
Remember, if you need any advice or tips at any time, our team is here to help so contact our Careline if you’ve a particular query about teething.