If you’ve ever experienced an impacted wisdom tooth, you know all too well how painful it can be. Now imagine not being able to communicate your thoughts and feelings, and experiencing similar pain levels for the first time in your life.
Doesn’t sound pleasant, does it?
Babies can start teething anywhere from birth to the 12-month-old mark. Although rare, some little ones can even be born with a tooth/teeth (natal teeth). Some teeth will appear overnight, whereas others can take much longer.
Read on to discover some handy tips & techniques and signs of teething.
What is teething?
To understand teething, you first need to know what it’s all about. Teething quite simply is when your little one’s teeth begin to appear, .
From birth, all babies have teeth lurking beneath their gums, and one way or another they will eventually emerge to give your child their full set of twenty milk teeth. To achieve this, your little one may experience discomfort and pain.
Grizzly babies, sleepless nights and times when you just don’t know where the night ended and the day has started may become your life for a little while. Hang on in there, Mama! You’re not alone! By the time your little one reaches twelve months, the first teething stage is usually a distant memory.
Teething signs to look out for
Knowing what teething signs to look out for can help you and your child have a gentler ride on the teething train.
From my own experience, my little girl started teething at around three months old. She would drool and have red-flushed cheeks for months upon end, until finally, her first tooth came through just after she hit six months. From hysterical tears to waking up with two new front teeth, our teething journey was a whirlwind of highs and lows. What’s more, she wanted to put everything in her mouth, and I mean everything, including the remote control!
To give you a fuller picture of what to expect, here are some well-known signs to look out for:
- More dribbling than normal
- Rash or sore spots around the chin and mouth from dribbling
- One red flushed cheek
- Disturbed sleep caused my pain or discomfort
- More fussy or irritable than normal
- Chewing/gnawing on hard objects to relieve the pressure - a gum massage!
- Pulling or rubbing their ears - keep an eye on your babe if you notice them doing this. It may be a sign of a cold or even an ear infection
- Sore, inflamed, red gums
Tips & Techniques to soothe sore gums
Teething is a rite of passage but there are, a few things you can do to help make your babe feel more comfortable.
Tested, tried and true, teethers are an excellent way for your little one to get the much needed massaging their gums crave. Many are designed in such a way that they can reach the hard to get to places and for extra relief, can be cooled in the ‘fridge like our COOL&CALM Rattle Teether.
Don’t be tempted to put a teether in the freezer! It will become far too hard for your baby’s sensitive gums.
Remember your last wisdom tooth making an appearance? Imagine there was a toothpaste available that gave you instant relief from the pain. Sounds pretty good to me!
From watching my little girl struggle with her molars coming through, we found teething toothpaste to be a godsend. Plus, it meant we could maintain her toothbrushing routine that was already in full swing. Specially formulated to soothe sore gums gently, teething toothpaste was a ‘gamechanger’ in my household.
Is your little one already weaning?
If you’re embarking on your weaning journey, finger foods are an excellent tool for a teething baby. Try offering your little one healthy, texture-rich finger foods to chew on. Anything from cucumber and pepper batons to breadsticks is an excellent place to start.
Make sure you are always present when your child is eating and drinking to avoid choking.
The power of cuddles
Has your little one just fallen over? Hug them. Just nibbled their finger? Rub their back! Are they seemingly crying for no reason? Have a cuddle!
Cuddles are powerful. When it comes to teething, your little one needs to feel safe, loved and comforted.
When nothing else will do
If you feel like you’ve tried everything, and your baby is still unhappy while teething, there are pain relief medicines available. Make sure you speak to your health visitor or GP for the best advice.
Have you and your little one started your teething journey?
Keep an eye out for any teething signs and be prepared.
You’ve got this!