Teething has well and truly hit and it is causing quite a bit of distress. I have no idea when the first tooth will actually appear (I am quite afraid of breastfeeding beyond that point!) but for now we have red cheeks, sucking fists and so much dribble it is ridiculous! Despite having gone through it twice before, I don’t actually remember it and I have found myself Googling ways to help ease teething pain. We have tried a few bits and bobs and I thought I would share what has been working for us.
Signs teeth are on their way
So I mentioned the dribble and the chewing on fists but there are a few other symptoms to look out for too.
– Pulling/ rubbing on their ears (on the effected side)
– Disturbed sleep
– Changes to feeding pattern (could feed more or less)
– Irritable behaviour
– Producing lots of dribble
– Chewing on fists
– Red cheeks & sore bottoms
We have noticed most of these in Wills – especially the irritable behaviour, he is like a troubled teenager at the moment! The only thing that he hasn’t done as yet has rubbed his ear but I don’t remember either of the girls doing that so maybe he won’t either. I hate to see babies in distress and so am always on the lookout for ways to help them – awful to see them so helpless isn’t it?
5 tips to help a teething baby
– Teething rings
Think of it like when you stub your toe – the only thing to help is to apply pressure. The same goes for teething and so having something to press against their gums really helps. We have been using a teething ring from Matchstick Monkey and he really likes it. Easy to hold and it has a bobbly head which is good for applying gels too.
– Teething Gels
We apply gels directly to his gums when he is having a particularly bad day. The gels have a mild anaesthetic in them to numb the pain for a while. We’ve tried a few brands and they all seem to work the same. I’ve never tried teething granules – have you?
– Amber Necklace
We have an amber necklace that we’ve used with the girls too and I swear it works. I am not really sure about the science behind it but he certainly dribbles less! The dribble is absolutely ridiculous and we have been using dribble bibs which have helped to stop him getting an awful rash around his neck.
Sometimes all a baby needs is a cuddle. Sounds silly but if you think about it, when you feel a bit under the weather all you really want is a nice cuddle and a snuggle on the sofa, right? Babies are no different and a cuddle can make a big difference. Distraction is a great technique too and so playing games and trying to take their mind off it will also help!
– Nappy Free Time
Another side effect is sore bottoms- they seem to wee out acid when they are teething don’t they?! Having nappy free time allows air to heal that bottom and stop that soreness affecting their mood further! Once nappies are back on, smother their bottoms in nappy cream (we use Aveeno Baby as it is made with soothing oats) and that will help protect their sensitive skin.
Sometimes nothing will help and the only thing that will really ease the pain is paracetamol. We have reached for the Calpol time and time again, especially at night as nobody wants to have a sleepless night do they?
Is there anything you find helps when teeth start to appear?