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This Tooth Shall Pass: Top Tips For Easing Teething Trouble

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Teething can be a challenging time for both you and your baby. The first eruptions of baby teeth are of course an exciting and necessary milestone in your little one’s development, but they can also lead to discomfort and broken nights. Here are some top tips to help you navigate the tears and tantrums during the teething rollercoaster.

Recognise the signs of teething

All babies are unique, but most babies will get their first teeth during their first 12 months of their life, typically at around six months old. The teeth may emerge through the gums without any visible signs of pain or discomfort, in which case you can count yourself to be a very lucky parent! 

It is more usual to notice that your infant has sore and red gums, flushed cheeks, and is more fretful and irritable than usual. Other common symptoms include drooling, an urge to chew on handy objects such as toys or the sides of a cot, a rash on their face, a runny nose, ear rubbing, loss of appetite, and disrupted sleep. 

The baby may have a mild temperature of less than 38°C, but if they have a temperature higher than this, it could be a sign that they have a serious illness. There is a myth that diarrhoea is a symptom of teething, but this is not the case. If your baby is feverish, vomiting, pale, and feels hot or cold to the touch, you should seek urgent medical advice.

Offer a teething baby pain relief

Once you have established that it is teething that is causing your baby’s discomfort,then you need to decide whether to give them pain relief. Many parents are understandably cautious about giving their baby over-the-counter pain relief such as ibuprofen, and prefer to take a more holistic approach.

As the caregiver, it’s your call to assess how much discomfort your baby is experiencing. If they appear to be suffering with strong and persistent pain, the best course of action is to consult a doctor. If the discomfort is milder, you may want to consider a natural method of pain relief. 

One such method that has been gaining popularity in recent years is a raw Baltic amber teething necklace. This is not a chewable toy, but it is designed to gently release natural analgesics into your baby’s bloodstream. The Baltic amber beads have a high component of succinic acid, which is found in small traces in foods such as broccoli and sauerkraut. 

The succinic acid, sometimes also referred to as amber extract, has been used as a natural form of pain relief and antibiotic for hundreds of years throughout northern Europe and beyond. The substance is released in response to the heat generated by the baby’s skin and absorbed through the pores and into the bloodstream.

Many parents find that the necklace is effective in soothing a fretful baby, allowing them to have a good night’s rest themselves! Of course, all babies are individual and some may respond better than others, or it may take a little longer for the treatment to take effect. 

It’s also important to make sure the baby is supervised at all times while wearing the necklace. It’s not designed to be a toy or an ornament, and the baby should never be put to bed wearing the necklace. 

Offer solid foods for chewing

Some babies will instinctively chew items to put pressure on their gums to relieve discomfort. If your child is showing a tendency to chew and they are weaned, try offering them healthy foods to chew on such as raw carrots, or chilled fruit such as a slice of melon. This can soothe hot inflamed gums. 

Take care to avoid food with a high sugar content such as rusks, because this causes damage to the emerging teeth.

Gently massage their gums

If your baby is not inclined to chew, you could try gently rubbing their gums with a clean finger, or massaging them with a chilled cloth. Sometimes cuddling or distracting your baby with play can help to take their mind off teething troubles. 

If your baby is dribbling a lot, wipe their face regularly with a clean cloth and apply cream to their chin and neck to guard against rashes.

Make time to care for yourself

Caring for a teething baby can be a demanding task, and it’s important to also take care of yourself. Reach out for help if you need it, and take a break whenever you have an opportunity to do so.