How will I know my baby is teething?
1. Babies can be “teething” for a quite a while before there is any sign of a tooth (anything up to three months!) Signs of teething can be chewing their fists and excessive dribbling. Some people attribute things such as loose stools and a fever to teething, but there is not medical research to support this.
For us, we had some discomfort for 2 or so months;we could see the tooth under the gum for some time (a white bud) then a black hole appeared in the gum. A few days later, there the tooth was, and its been slowly rising up ever since!
When will my baby get teeth?
2. As with everything in baby land – it varies, so don’t worry if your little one isn’t following Dr Google’s guidelines. But the majority of babies get their first teeth, the lower central incisors, around 6-10 months and the upper ones around 8-12 months.
I’ve always referred to this chart for guidance. Click the picture to be taken to the original source.
How can I help my teething baby?
3. There are a range of teething gels, liquids and powders available over the counter at your local pharmacy. We prefer to use liquid Anbesol as it soaks straight into the gum. We found the gel slid around a bit and haven’t tried the powders yet, as we really do swear by anbesol. Most teething remedies contain a local anaesthetic and antiseptic to ease pain and prevent infection.
However, if you prefer something
a little more completely natural, then some people swear by amber anklets or bracelets. I believe Amber Pumpkin is a popular site to purchase these for a reasonable price.
Our favourite teething toys.
4. Mummy’s hand….Daddy’s hand…. anybody’s hand she could get in her mouth….!
Ok, on a more serious note… we are fans of Sophie the giraffe (teething ring) Sophie’s are hugely popular and worth their price tag! We went for the teething rings so that A could hold it herself from a younger age. It has different textures for your little one to enjoy. The Nuby wacky teether – a really cheap, bright and attractive option, also easy for your little one to hold; the bristly green section was a godsend for her first teeth! And finally the twist and turn rattle, featured in ‘Our Top 5 Toys’ last week.
Do I need to brush my baby’s teeth?
5. Once your baby has a tooth (or teeth!) then they need brushing! Help your baby brush their teeth twice a day with a children’s fluoride toothpaste. For babies (under three) a smear of toothpaste is all you need. Babies are unable to spit the toothpaste out, so any more than this then they will swallow too much fluoride – this will cause their adult teeth to be brown and patchy! You don’t need to take them to the dentist until they are around 2-3 years old, but it is always good to take them with you to your appointments so they can get used to the environment and learn that there is nothing to be afraid of!
How have you helped your little one with teething? Any magic tips?