Teething is one of the banes of parental existence. It can often seem relentless, and for some babies it can cause the whole family a world of pain from sleepless nights and worry… not to mention the poor bubba suffering from the pain of teething.
While there is no miracle cure for how to help a teething baby, there are things you can do and signs to look out for to help you be prepared and ready to ease baby’s pain.
Is baby teething?
The simple answer is probably.
Babies get their first tooth on average at six months of age. Some babies can get their first tooth as early as three months… and in very rare cases babies can be born with a tooth already!
In the first three years of their life they will have 20 teeth burst their way through their gums. Teething isn’t a one-off occurrence, it’s an ongoing challenge… but it does get easier with time.
So, is baby teething? If they are older than six-months-old then there is a good chance they are.
Signs your baby is teething
So a blanket answer is not really that helpful. Other than age related, there are a few signs your baby is teething that you can look out for:
- More irritable and restless than usual
- Excess drool and dribbling which can sometimes cause a rash
- Red, flushed cheeks
- Sucking or biting on hands or other objects - if you are breastfeeding, you might feel this one more than the others!!
- Pulling at their ear
The signs your baby is teething can be the same as other common infant illnesses. If your baby has a fever or any other signs of illness, you should always seek medical advice. Trust your instincts as they can often guide you.
What to do for a teething baby
Teething is a normal part of life. As your baby gets older they will be able to handle the pain associated with teething a bit better. In the meantime, it’s about how to soothe a teething baby gums. There are a few things you can do:
Give baby something to chew on
Pressure on the gums gives baby relief from the pain of teething. Teething toys are designed to provide this relief.
A glove for teething like the Bubify Baby Teething Mitten not only gives babies something to chew on but it also protects baby’s hands and fingers from biting and drools. The soothing teething mitten fits over their hand and has a cloud-shaped silicone teether that is designed to perfectly fit the baby's mouth shape.
Razberry Teethers are shaped like a dummy, made from silicone and have a textured surface to provide an extra level of relief. Unlike other teething toys, this is one that baby can keep in their mouth while they are playing for hands-free teething relief.
Use the power of cold
When baby has gums that are burning from the pain of a tooth making its way to the surface, cold can be particularly effective in providing relief. If you keep a teether in the freezer, you can give it to them to chew on. If they can’t bear to part with their teether, also keep a few clean, wet face washers in a zip lock bag in the freezer and baby can chomp down on those.
Over the counter remedies
There are a number of over the counter remedies available for teething. If you are unsure you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist to see if they are suitable for your baby.
Remember to be patient
You’ve made it through the first weeks and months and you feel like you are through the worst of it… then you hit baby’s first tooth and now your teething baby won’t sleep at night. It really can be a huge challenge for parents who are just recovering from the sleepless nights of the newborn days.
But with teething you often do have to ride it out with patience and lots of cuddles! The good thing is that teething does come to an end. Once that tooth breaks through you generally have a break before the next one arrives. And then before you know it you have a child excitedly coming home from school to tell you that they have lost their first tooth… the very same one you didn’t sleep for a week as they cried every night while it was coming through!