The Ultimate Guide to Surviving with a Teething Baby
Author: Brea Walker Date Posted:5 September 2016
Teething = Every parents worst nightmare.
Teething starts around 6 months of age and continues well into their second year of life. Some children seem to fly through the teething process with very little discomfort whilst other children struggle with this part of growing up.
My twins sat on the fence with teething, I knew they were beginning to teeth thanks to the need to change their outfits regularly but they didn't seem to be in too much pain until the molars started pushing through. I also noticed they had very acidic nappies (this symptom is believed to not be linked to teething but it coincided with every tooth with my boys).
Just like my twins, my youngest was not too phased about teething once again until the first molars started to approach. In fact, I didn't even know he had teeth until he bit down on me one day.
When do babies start getting teeth?
This is the ultimate question but the answer is every baby is different. Some babies are even born with some teeth. The average age is shown below in the Ultimate Teething Chart.
What are symptoms of a Teething Baby?
The symptoms can differ between children which make so many parents question whether they are getting a tooth or if a cold is on the way.
- Red Cheeks
- Irritable/ Grumpy / Crying
- Swollen Red Gums
- Pulling on Ear/s
- Constantly putting hands and items into mouth
- Change in sleep - frequent night waking
- Cold like Symptoms
- Teething Rash (on face)
- Nappy Rash
- Refusal to Eat Solids
The best way to find out if your bub is teething is to get a clean finger and run it over your baby's gum. Your baby will probably want a little bit of pressure on an incoming tooth as they try to break the gum surface. You might even feel a sharp tooth if it has broken through the gum.
What can I do to help relieve my babies teething pain?
There is not much you can do about the teething process - it will happen whether you like it or not. The only thing you can do is try and relieve your bubs discomfort.
Relieving Red Swollen Gums.
Nothing really beats a cold washer for a bub to suck on or a cold teething toy.
Fixing the constant changes due to Drool overload
You cannot stop the drool but you can invest in some dribble bibs. Instead of changing the top just swap over the bib. Make sure that your bubs face and neck stays as dry as possible to reduce the chances of teething rash.
Reducing the quantity of items placed in bubs mouth
The easy solution is to get yourself some safe teething toys. Teething toys that can be cleaned easy are my best recommendation. They don't need to be expensive. A simple silicone teething ring worked wonders for my twins - it was easy to grab and lightweight.
Check out the list below of teething products available at Mamma Bee
Frequent changes of the nappy. Plenty of nappy free time and the use of a barrier cream.
Tried all this but bub is still in pain.
If your bub is still showing discomfort and you feel that they would benefit from pain relief see your specialist for their recommendations. There are many teething pain medications on the market from natural therapies to common pain relief such as Panadol.