So, when does a baby start teething? or to be more precise, at what age does a baby starts teething?
Like with almost everything to do with babies, there is no definite time for things to happen. But there is usually a time when you can expect them to happen and teething is no exception.
At around the age of six months teething usually starts. But it could happen at any time, between three months and up to their first birthday and beyond. Believe it or not some babies are born with teeth already there!
Some lucky babies experience no or little discomfort and pain, others will experience some level of pain or discomfort.
Some of the signs are:-
- Grumpy and irritable baby.
- Chewing a lot.
- Dribbling a lot more than you’ve come to know.
- Red and sore gums.
- Flushed cheeks.
Although both of my girls had fever and diarrhoea during teething. My mother insists that those are part of the symptoms, the fact is, there is no evidence to co-relate the two.
How to help a teething baby?
For most babies teething is a distressing experience. Luckily there is ways to help your little one’s experience be a lot less stressful.
Guess what I am going to say? yes you’ve got it! every baby is different and you’ll need to try few different things before you find the right help.
Four months old babies can have these gels. Get it from any pharmacy and make sure it is age appropriate for your baby, if in any doubt ask the pharmacist. These gels usually have a cooling and numbing effect on your baby’s gum. Which relieves the irritation and soothes the pain.
They come in too many shapes and colours and you can buy them in children stores, pharmacies and supermarkets. Some of these really cool looking dummies are very cool, in fact, you can put them in the fridge to cool them down. And they , in turn, cool your baby’s sore gum, ahhh! Make sure you read the instructions very well before you use them. Teething dummies can be a choking hazard so please be very careful when your baby is using one.
Mother’s nature recipe:
If your little miracle is 6 months and older, you can give him/her natural things to chew on, carrots, apple, pear and a bread crust. this will relieve the irritation and get their tastebuds going. Win-win. Babies must be supervised with any of these things because there is a serious choking hazard.
Congratulations ‘I see TEETH!’
Well, now we really need to start looking after those beautiful teeth. Brush them with a fluoride age appropriate toothpaste and register the little one with a Dentist.
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