What to expect with teething
We’re all about caring for baby’s teeth here at Babycup, after all that’s the reason why our little open cups came to exist, perfectly proportioned cups that promote good oral health development. Now Oral Health Foundation accredited! And we’re well aware that teething can be a difficult time, and it may be one of the stages you may wish away for the sleepless nights and discomfort it causes to your precious little one!
Here we look at the tell-tale signs of teething and provide a few helpful tips to help ease the pain.
Did you know that your baby’s teeth develop in the womb? They don’t start to break through until they are around four to six months but it can be up to twelve months. By the time your baby is two and a half to three years old they will most likely have a full set of teeth. The front teeth typically emerge first and the first molars (back teeth) begin to appear from twelve months onwards.
It may feel like you’re in a constant cycle of teething but each tooth or pair of teeth should only cause your little one pain for just over a week before subsiding. Often five days before ‘eruption day’ and three days after!
What are the common symptoms?
There are several signs that your baby is teething. These can often be confused with other health problems but if you’re concerned there could be something more to it, always consult your doctor.
Signs teeth are starting to break through the gums:
- Red, rosy cheeks
- Not sleeping well
- Nappy rash
- High temperature
How to help your baby when teething
Your baby can often be clingy during teething so lots of cuddles are in order to reassure them! Other ways you can help your baby are:
- Give an ibuprofen or paracetamol solution to ease the pain
- Before a nap especially, put on teething gel to cool the gum, or offer some teething powder or granules – a good sleep can often help
- Try offering more water with a Babycup First Cup – dribbling can often make them more thirsty
- Try a teether these can help when they want something constantly to chew on. We’re big fans of these from Gummee
Finally, if you’re concerned about the way your baby’s teeth are coming through, consult a dentist or your GP to get advice.