Everything you need to know to handle a teething baby
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Teething is drawn out and torturous, lasting almost the first three years of your child’s life. That first tooth appears and you breathe a sigh of relief. It’s over. And almost as quickly as it was over, the whole process repeats, again and again and again. Let’s try and make it a little bit simpler for you with everything you need to know to handle a teething baby.
When do babies start teething
The age when babies start teething varies from one baby to the next. According to the Australian Dental Association (ADA), the first tooth will generally appear between the age of 4-10 months, with all twenty baby teeth arriving by the age of three. The first teeth to appear are the lower central incisors (i.e. the two little teeth at the bottom middle of baby’s mouth) followed by the upper central incisors and so on. This chart by the ADA gives you an overview of when to expect the arrival of each tooth if you are curious or anxious.
Baby teething symptoms
Have you got a fussy baby on your hands who is chewing on anything within reach? Chances are they are teething! Babies will experience teething symptoms to varying degrees and some teeth may be worse than others. When I noticed that my eldest had her two-year-old-molars starting to peek through, it explained her general irritability for the days preceding! For other babies there will be no escaping the symptoms and you will know exactly what is happening. Some of the key baby teething symptoms to look for are:
- fussiness or irritability
- excess drool (which can cause a rash on their chin)
- red cheeks
- pulling at their ears
- biting/nibbling/chewing at anything within reach including their own hands (or yours), toys, spoons etc. If you are a breastfeeding mama, beware that your nipples may be fair game to your teething baby
Teething should not make your baby unwell so if your baby is suffering from a fever, diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes, runny nose, or any other symptom then it is best to speak to your healthcare professional.
Teething is inevitable. Those little toothy pegs have to make their way to the surface eventually. But there are a few things you can do to help provide teething relief.
Chewing on something firm can give enough pressure to provide relief to sore gums and silicone or wooden teething toys are the perfect solution. ONE.CHEW.THREE have an absolutely divine collection of toys in their range. Made from natural wood and non-toxic, food grade silicone the teethers come in a variety of shapes such as arrows, keys, donuts, animals, rattles and more. I love the pastel shades and simple designs and the fact that many of the styles can be personalised.
To give extra relief, place the teether in the fridge before giving it to baby for some cool comfort. I usually have one in the fridge at all times and rotate them out for baby. If you want to keep one in your handbag, place it inside a snap lock bag or plastic container to keep it clean. Never tie a teether around baby’s neck as this can present a choking hazard.
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Cuddles and patience
As helpless as you feel, sometimes the best thing for teething babies is cuddles and patience. Being close to you will bring them comfort and I’m sure you won’t mind the extra cuddles either! Be patient and remember that they will return to their normal adorable selves, only with a toothier grin, once the tooth pops through.
Depending on how old your baby is, you can use food to help soothe those gums in the form of teething rusks available at the supermarket. Rusks are a messier option but they can work well if you have a teething bub with an appetite.
There are over the counter medications available to help with teething so you can speak to your pharmacist about these options. A cold washcloth can also be comforting for teething gums.
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