Teething is one of the great milestones of your baby’s development and memories of your baby’s first big toothy grin will be treasured forever. Some babies sail through the process and are showing off their first teeth before you know it, but for others it can be a more uncomfortable time, causing distress to both you and your baby.
What to do when your child is teething
Some teeth come through with no trouble at all; in other cases, the gum may be sore and red where the tooth is pushing its way out. A child may dribble, gnaw and chew a lot or just be cranky, but it is difficult to tell if this is really due to teething.
Teething can be a difficult time for babies. Here are some things you can do to relieve their discomfort…
Rubbing their gums
Lightly massaging your baby’s gum with a clean finger can be soothing and help alleviate some of their discomfort. Take the chance to do this while applying a topical teething gel like Bonjela or Nelsons Teetha Gel/ Sachets which will have the added benefit of helping to provide ongoing relief afterwards too. (Always read the label and make sure you check the dosage instructions)
Teething babies love to chew and bite – on anything! Many mums find that sterilised teething rings can be useful and they can actually help the teeth to cut through. Why not pop a liquid-filled teething ring in the fridge first to cool it down? Just make sure that it’s clean and definitely not frozen. Sam McCauley Chemists have a wide range of different teething rings to help with this.
A medicine designed especially for babies, such as Nurofen for Children or Calpol, can be used for babies to help relieve the pain associated with teething and bring down a raised temperature. In fact, Nurofen for Children or Calpol can be administered alongside Bonjela or Teetha Gel for a more complete control of symptoms. However, if a raised temperature persists, a visit to a doctor is advisable so that other possible causes can be excluded. As with all medicines make sure you check the recommended age for use. Your local Sam McCauley Pharmacist will be able to advise on the best treatment – many of them have young families and will have had personal experience of dealing with Teething.
Soothing sore chins
Excessive dribbling caused by teething can irritate babies’ chin, neck and chest which may become dry, chapped and sore. Try to keep their skin as dry as possible (a bib will help) and change any wet clothing. Applying a simple barrier cream can also help keep their skin soft and smooth and may ease any chapped skin.
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