Most babies get their first milk tooth at around six months, usually in the front and at the bottom.  But all babies are different.   Some are born with a tooth already, and others have no teeth when they’re one year old.  Most will have all their milk (or primary) teeth by about two and a half.

 

There are 20 primary teeth: 10 in the top row and 10 at the bottom. The first permanent ‘second’ teeth grow at the back at around the age of six.  Some teeth grow with no pain or discomfort at all.  At other times you may notice that the gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through, or that one cheek is flushed.  Your baby may dribble, gnaw and chew a lot, or just be fretful.

 

Teething tips

 

  • It can help to give your baby something hard to chew on, such as a teething ring, a crust of bread or breadstick, or a peeled carrot. (Be aware of risk of choking.)
  • Don’t give them rusks, because almost all brands contain some sugar. Constant chewing and sucking on sugary things can cause tooth decay even if your baby has only one or two teeth.
  • For babies (usually over 4mths) you can rub sugar-free teething gel on their gums. There are many products on the market.
  • Bonjela Teething Gel is specially formulated to provide fast, soothing relief from teething. Gently massage a dab of gel onto the gum.  It’s sugar free and suitable for babies from 4 months old.
    • Nelsons Teetha is available as a gel and as a ready-dosed granule that simply dissolves in your baby’s mouth where it gently helps to ease the pain of teething and relieves discomfort.  The active ingredient in Teetha is a 6c homeopathic potency of Chamomilla- a herb traditionally used to help relieve the symptoms of teething. Chamomilla is often described by homeopaths as the first-choice remedy for teething, with remarkable results!

 

  • Massage the baby’s gums with a clean finger or a soft/baby toothbrush.
  • Cool (not frozen), clean teething rings.

 

Teething symptoms can include:

 

  • Excessive dribbling, which may cause a rash or sore chin. (Use LRP Lipikar baume to protect the skin and relieve any soreness)
  • Lots of chewing on fingers and objects.
  • Poor appetite. (Be sure to keep your child hydrated with Dioralyte sachets)
  • An increase or decrease in demand for feeding.
  • Restlessness at night and during the day.
  • Tummy upsets and sometimes nappy rash. (Udo’s infant blend will help with this)

 

Teething won’t make your baby ill, but if symptoms persist or your baby has a high temperature, seek medical advice.  This is a new sensation for your baby and they will need lots of reassurance and hugs.  Diarrhoea is often thought to be caused by teething and while this may occasionally be the case it is very important not to ignore symptoms of diarrhoea as your child is at risk of dehydration.