Teething trouble

´╗┐´╗┐Every baby goes through it

A baby's first teeth (known as milk teeth) usually develop before your baby is born. Teeth generally start to show when a child is four to nine months old, although every baby develops at their own pace. This is known as ‘teething’. Some babies show few signs while others find it more uncomfortable - they get hot red cheeks, dribble a lot, are not hungry, seem a bit grumpy and chew on everything.

There are ways you can help make teething easier for your baby. Every child is different, and you may have to try a few things until you find one that works for your baby. Try teething rings and talk to your Dentist or the Pharmacist for advice.
Now is a good time to think about your child’s tooth care routine. You can brush their teeth with a soft baby toothbrush and a smear of family toothpaste. Take them with you when you are going to the Dentist.

Dentist says

If your baby is uncomfortable, you may want to give them a medicine which has been made for children which you can buy from the Pharmacist. These medicines contain a small dose of painkiller, such as paracetamol, to help ease any discomfort. The medicine should also be sugar free. Make sure you read all instructions or ask your pharmacist about how to use them.

Health Visitor says

It can help to give your baby something hard to chew on, such as a teething ring.
Teething rings give your baby something to safely chew on, which may help to ease their discomfort or pain. Some teething rings can be cooled first in the fridge.

Source: NHS Choices.


Look for red cheeks and gums, dribbling, off their food, chewing on things and seeming cross.


Your baby is four to nine months old, and may be teething. Ask your pharmacist about gels and teething rings.  


Start your baby's tooth care routine as soon as possible, including visiting a Dentist.

The above information cannot replace specialist treatment. If you are still worried, contact a Pharmacist or your Health Visitor.

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