Teething can be hard for both baby and parents. It can be a time of many tears and irritability but knowing what to expect can help you through the teething period. Below is some info on a few questions you may have in regards to teething.
When do babies start teething?
Babies often start to teeth around six months, although it can happen earlier in some children or a little later than this. It isn’t unusual to wait over a year for your baby to start growing teeth so don’t worry if your little one is a little late.
How long does teething last?
Teething can usually take up to the age of three, with each tooth often causing a few days of comfort.
How painful is teething?
The pain caused can differ per child. A younger baby may appear to be in more pain as they aren’t used to feeling discomfort.
The signs of teething
There are a number of signs that indicate your little one is starting to teeth, including:
- Rejecting food
- Cheek or chin redness
- Excessive drooling
- Swollen gums
- Face rubbing
- Ear pulling
What can soothe the pain during teething?
There are a few different ways to soothe the pain caused during teething. Massaging their gums can help, as can giving them special teething toys designed to help with the pain. Allowing them to chew on a cold washcloth may also help. If they appear to be in a lot of pain, you can always ask a pharmacist for medicine to help with the discomfort.
When should I start brushing their teeth?
As soon as you start to notice teeth, you should use an infant toothbrush to brush their gums and teeth each day to prevent any bacteria build up. Only use a very small amount of toothpaste until your little one has learned to spit it out.
When is it time to visit the dentist?
You should consider visiting the dentist as soon as the first tooth comes through. Although these baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is important to take care of them as lack of dental hygiene can lead to gum infections which can affect the adult teeth later on in life.
Are dummies bad for teething?
Constant or long term use of a dummy can lead to problems with teeth and gums such as incorrect positioning of teeth and tooth decay. Try to begin the process of helping your little one give up their dummy at around 12 months old.
Hopefully this info will help you through the teething period. At Tilly and Jasper we offer a range of organic baby clothes and accessories including muslin blankets which are especially helpful during teething to mop up any drooling.