A Dentist’s Advice On Teething Pain, Remedies And Teething Toys
by Ellie Gurrey
Take the toil out of teething with top tips from a family dentist…
Babies usually start teething at around 6 months, but this is just a rough guide – many will be far earlier or later. Teething can cause red cheeks, constant drool, interrupted sleep and the irresistible urge to chew anything in sight! By the age of two and a half though your baby should have all of their milk teeth…which will be a relief for everyone. There are lots of teething products out there to help you and your baby through this painful process – and there are also many things you can do, such as putting teething rings or damp flannels in the fridge for baby to chew on, to help baby feel better.
• What Teeth Usually Come Through First?
The order in which your baby’s teeth cut through can vary. The common eruption order is shown below.
1. Lower central incisors (top front teeth) 5-7 months
2. Upper central incisors (top front teeth) 6-8 months
3. Upper lateral incisors (either side of upper font teeth) 9-11 months
4. Lower lateral incisors (either side of lower front teeth) 10-12 months
5. Molars (back teeth) 12-16 months
6. Canines 16-20 months
7. Second Molars 20-30 months
• How Long Does The Teething Period Last For?
The time it takes for your baby’s teeth to all come through can differ form baby to baby. It can last up to the age of 3 but usually by the age of 2 and a half they will have all their milk teeth.
• What Can I Do Before My Baby Starts Teething To Help Ease Their Pain?
There isn’t really anything that you can do before your baby starts to teethe to prevent the pain that they will later go through. You can give your baby something to chew on such as a soft plastic teething ring, which can be sterilised and pre-cooled in the fridge. Making the teething ring cold will help to soothe your baby’s sore gums.
• Will Massaging My Baby’s Gums Help With Teething?
Using a clean finger to massage your baby’s gums can also help to soothe their pain, putting teething gel on the end of your finger will help target the sore areas.
• Are Teething Gels Safe For My Baby?
The NHS website recommends to use sugar-free teething gels for babies over 4 months. Teething gels help to ease the pain because of their anaesthetic, some babies can however be allergic and if this is the case you should seek medical pharmacy-no-rx.net advice. Make sure to use a pain relief gel that is suitable for young children, adult pain relief is too strong to use. Teething gels can be found at any local pharmacist. If your baby has an allergic reaction to teething gels you may want to consider using homeopathic teething remedies that are usually very safe.
• What Gels Are Available To Help Soothe The Pain And What Works Best?
You may need to try a few teething gels before you find the one that works best for you. The most popular ones with parents are Caljel teething gel, Bonjela teething gel for babies and Anbesol teething gel. Make sure to read the packaging to find out if it is suitable for the age of your baby, and also to find out how much to use and how often to use it.
• What Pain Relief Can I Give My Baby?
Paracetamol-based medicines can help your baby through the worst of their teething trouble. Calpol Infant Suspension is suitable for non-premature babies above 2 months, weighing over 4kg. Ibuprofen-based medicine can also help with pain and inflammation. Calprofen Ibuprofen Suspension is suitable for children over 3 months, weighing over 5kg.
• Will Teething Aids Help To Ease My Baby’s Discomfort? Which Materials Would You Recommend?
Teething aids will help to ease the pain of teething. Soft silicone teethers and teething rings that can be put in the fridge or freezer are the best to use.
Nibbling has 6 different silicone teethers that can be put in the fridge or freezer and washed in the dishwasher or steriliser.
• What Bedtime Remedies Will Help My Baby To Sleep Through The Night Whilst Teething?
Try to comfort your baby in your usual ways for bedtime. Avoid using teething rings during the night or leaving them in the cot as this can be dangerous. Teething gels and pain relief can also help your baby get a better nights sleep.
How Do I Take Care Of My Baby’s First Teeth?
You can use a soft baby brush and cold water to gently introduce teeth brushing to your baby. Start using toothpaste at about 1 year when your child has around 4 teeth. It is also advised to avoid giving your child sugary drinks, this can increase the chances of tooth decay.
• When Should I First Take My Baby To The Dentist?
You can take your baby along to the dentist when you go for your own visit. Your dentist will be able to give you advice and regular visits will also make you child used to the environment of the dental surgery. Your child should have had their first visit to the dentist by the age of two.
During the day Nibbling Necklaces and Teethers are the perfect reliever for teething pain and cheer up crabby babies.