We all will face this one day sooner or later – our babies start teething. The process of teething is a common cause of discomfort to babies and as parents we want nothing but to figure out how to help the little ones as much as possible. We’ve gathered some helpful hints that will assist you in identifying some of the symptoms your baby will show as their teething starts and also some handy remedies to use to ease the pain.
There is no exact age when babies start teething, each one will be different. Most babies will develop their first tooth around the age of 4-7 months, however don’t worry if it happens much later for your little one. Some babies go through tough times when teething and others don’t show many signs of discomfort at all. Your baby will grow his full set of 20 teeth between the ages 1 and 3, which means they will be in and out of teething during those years.
Most people with experience of teething babies would name the first symptom of teething to be the need of chewing something. Most babies will find anything to chew to ease the tickle and pain on their gums.
Second common symptom of teething is heavy drooling, which goes hand in hand with the increased chewing on things. Some babies will also develop a rash on their neck or face due to excessive drool.
In addition to chewing and drooling, gum sucking and rubbing are other very common signs that your baby might be teething. Especially any cold items your baby might have handy will definitely end up in their mouths as they find it easing the pain and soothing the sore gums.
Most babies will also become quite irritable and restless whilst teething and crying more than usual is a sign of teething as well. Some babies will also develop a decreased appetite or even mild temperature as symptoms of teething. Mild symptoms of teething are nothing to worry about usually as they are part of the process, but you should always check in with your doctor if the symptoms don’t get better in time or if you are worried.
Remedies to sooth the pain
- Baby gum massage – gently use a clean finger to rub baby’s gums. If they seem to find it soothing keep up the gum rubbing for about 2 minutes at a time.
- Teething biscuits or teething toys - Depending on the age of the baby and if they are old enough to hold themselves upright and hold objects, you may want to provide safe objects for your baby to chew on, such as teething biscuits or teething toys. Make sure you supervise this though to avoid danger of choking.
- Cold toys / juice cubes – try freezing safe gummy toys or juice in tiny ice cubes and let your baby suck them to numb the gums and ease the pain.
- Numbing gel – some pharmacies and baby stores sell gel to rub on your babies gums that takes the worst off the pain when they are in total discomfort.
We hope your baby’s teething process can be a little less painful with the above tips and we welcome any further ideas that can be shared in the community so please comment below,
The CuddleBandits team