How to soothe a teething baby

Discovering your child’s first tooth is an exciting milestone. But the feeling of achievement can soon be replaced by sleepless nights for the family as your baby goes through teething. However, there are many things you can do to help soothe your child and keep the rest of your household smiling.

When does a baby start teething?

What you should remember is that every baby develops differently. So while most get their first teeth between six and ten months, others may not get theirs until they’re one year old. Children will usually have all their teeth by the time they are two and a half, however there are exceptions to the rule.

Look for the signs of teething

Before their first tooth appears, your child might show these early signs of teething:

  • Flushed cheeks
  • Sensitive red gums
  • Drooling
  • Desire to chew on whatever they can find
  • Crying
  • Refusing to eat
  • Waking up at night distressed

Sometimes you might be able to see your baby’s tooth coming through or you may feel a bump on their gum line. If you’re becoming worried your child is not well, then see your doctor.

Simple things to soothe teething pains

Extra cuddles and hugs always help a teething baby. You’ll also find they often love to chew, so give them something firm and to bite on such as a teething ring - or even better, a chilled and sterilised one from the fridge.

Another thing you’ll find that works is to lightly massaging your baby’s gums with your finger. You’ll also want to consider using a sugar-free, colour-free teething gel or a pain-reliever such as Nurofen for Children.

Three tips for a happier household when your child is teething

  • Share night-time soothing duties with your partner
  • If night sleep is disrupted, encourage plenty of naps for the whole family
  • Make sure you take teething rings with you when you’re out and about
  • It’s never too early to care for your baby’s teeth.

Plaque can quickly build up on your baby’s teeth as soon as they have them. That’s why caring for them from the start helps new teeth stay strong and healthy. It’s important to begin brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they come up. Also, avoid sugary drinks or milk after brushing to protect your child from tooth decay.

This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.

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