Blue Daisy's survival guide to teething

7 Jun

Teething – for new mums it is painful, for babies even worse.  Babies with red cheeks, crying spells, runny tummies and feeling unsettled, mums often feel helpless to help their little ones find relief.  What’s a mum to do? Blue Daisy has put together a useful guide to helping babies get through the teething process, with some easily ordered products from their website.  They are also giving one lucky winner a Sophie the Giraffe prize – to enter to WIN, like this post on our Facebook page or RT on Twitter.  

For some babies (and parents) teething can be a painful and often long, drawn-out process.

Gums typically become sore and even swollen as the teeth (already formed whilst in utero) work their way up and eventually present themselves. In other words, the symptoms of teething will be present well in advance of the teeth becoming visible. This might simply be a matter of days or could go on for months with little to show for it.  Mums often are surprised how long their babies are showing symptoms, without seeing any teeth!

There is no certainty as to when your baby’s first tooth will arrive. In some rare cases, infants will be born with teeth already cut. More typically, though, they will begin to appear sometime between five and seven months, carrying on until about two and a half.

The good news is that the first few teeth will probably be the worst with the next few coming through more easily. That said, the molars at about age one can be tough.

Common indications of teething may include:

– sore and swollen gums

– red flushed cheeks or face

– difficulty when feeding

– heavy drooling

– gum rubbing

– ear rubbing

– wakefulness

– irritability

– temperature and/or diarrhoea (usually just before a tooth breaks)

It is worth pointing out that ear infections are often mistaken for teething. If your baby seems unwell and upset, or has a fever, take him/her to the doctor to check what the problem is.

Pressure on your baby’s gums may relieve the pain. Sucking, however, can cause increased blood to rush to the swollen areas, making them particularly sensitive. This can, in turn, cause fussiness when breast feeding, or drinking from a bottle.

Teething gels, Calpol and Ibuprofen are widely used forms of pain relief from about 3 months, however these need to be used carefully and sparingly. It is therefore worth being aware that there are plenty of things which can be done in between or before turning to medicinal relief.

Our suggestions:

  • Try Nelsons Teetha Teething granules, available in most health shops, they contain chamomilla and provide a natural, homeopathic alternative to conventional medicines.
  •  Rub a finger or a cold spoon over your baby’s sore gums, or offer  a cooled teething ring to numb the pain temporarily. The Beaba teething set is particularly good for this purpose as it comes with a textured finger cover as well as two rings so that one can be cooling in the fridge whilst the other is in use.

beaba teething soother

  • Anything that your baby can chew on will help to provide counter- pressure. Sophie the Giraffe is great for this as her varying limbs allow for easy reach of the different areas in the mouth.

Sophie the famous giraffe teething

  • Use fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, or even bread and bagels, to use as a chewable soother.

munchkin fresh food feeder

  • Consider an amber necklace or foot bracelet. Amber is a natural analgesic with anti-inflammatory properties and has been used for centuries as a healing remedy. When worn next to the skin, it produces a soothing and calming effect. Special amber teething necklaces for babies are will have knots in between each bead for extra safety and are only to be worn during the day.

amber teething necklace

  • A simple baby bandana can help prevent rashes developing on the chin (common with the drooling associated with cutting teeth). This will enable you to gently wipe off any dribble as well as keeping your baby’s clothes dry. Much easier to change a bandana a few times a day than a top and vest! Also try a barrier cream which will help prevent further irritation. Burt’s Bees is great as it is made almost entirely from natural ingredients.

bandana bib teething

  • Most importantly, lots of cuddles and lots of love. This time will pass.

Feel free to browse the Blue Daisy website or visit them in Hampstead at their lovely shop!

How has teething gone with your baby? Any tips or advice to share with other mums in the same boat?

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