If you’ve been on the receiving end of weeks (or potentially months) of dribbling, hand chewing, and extra grizzlies, the chances are that you’re slap bang in the middle of teething.
On one hand, teething is a great thing.
It means that your baby is developing as he or she should be, and will soon have a new cute toothy little smile. It also means that they will soon be able to cope with more lumpy solid foods without quite as much choking risk.
On the other hand, it’s the pits.
Your poor little baby might resemble a peach with bright red cheeks. He or she may be generally miserable, and their poos are likely to be a horrible acidy mess with added nappy rash.
Some babies may not be affected as badly as others, but all in all, it’ll probably make for a pretty lousy time for both you and your little one.
Tips to help a teething baby
The bad news is that there’s not much you can do to stop that.
The good news is that there are some things that you can do to help them through it:
- Use a teething gel or teething powder. Apply one that contains a mild local anaesthetic. This can help to numb any pain or discomfort caused by teething and may also contain antiseptic ingredients to prevent infection in any sore or broken skin in the mouth.
- Offer teething toys. Teething toys and jewellery offer your baby something to chew safely. Baby teething accessories like Nibbling are safe and soft enough for a baby to chew to ease their discomfort and distract them from any pain.
- Give paracetamol or ibuprofen. If your baby appears to be in pain or has a raised temperature, you can give a sugar-free painkiller specifically for babies and young children e.g. Calpol. Always read the instructions and make sure you administer the correct dosage.
- Allow them to chew foods. If your baby has already begun to wean onto solid foods, you can give them healthy snacks to chew on, such as raw fruit and vegetables or a breadstick. Always stay close when your baby is eating though, to prevent choking.
- Comfort your baby. When your child isn’t feeling itself, what they really need is extra cuddles and comfort. You may find this is day and night but is completely normal, so put the chores on hold, cancel your plans, and enjoy some extra bonding time. Your child will certainly appreciate it.
Whatever you decide to offer to help, it is best to make sure that you offer non-toxic teething toys, which are free from BPA and PVC.