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Babies usually begin to teeth around 6 months old however this does vary- can be as early as 3 months or even begin as late as 12 months old. It is very important to remember that like all milestones babies experience teething differently.
For a lucky few babies (and parents) teething does not cause any difficulty at all with no symptoms showing. The majority of babies though are not so lucky and as most of you will know it is quite an ordeal for baby and parents for a number of months with mum and dad doing what they can to make the experience a little easier.
Signs that your baby is teething.
- Excessive drooling
- Chewing on whatever they can get their hands on including your fingers and theirs
- Trouble Sleeping
- Rubbing their face and ears
- Rash caused by constant drooling and chafing
What you can do
- By applying a little pressure with a clean finger you can help to provide some relief from the teething pain.
- If baby is eating solids you could try giving them some fruit or veg eg a piece of carrot to gnaw on. Use cooled but not frozen foods as extreme cold can be harmful.
- As you know teething causes baby to drool excessively, it is important to keep baby dry as this drool can cause skin irritations. Use a clean dry cloth as frequently as possible. Our teething bib is made from bamboo material which is recommended by doctors for babies skin and is 60% more absorbent than cotton.
- Some people like to use nipple creams to treat the rash around the mouth and cheeks.
- Baby needs lots of extra TLC and attention from loved ones while they are teething
Products to avoid
- Rusks- Although rusks are very popular they do have a high sugar content which is not good for those new little teeth.
- Rubbing alcohol- We advise against using rubbing alcohol on your babies gums- even if you are desperate.
- Amber necklaces – There is currently no evidence to support the claims that amber necklaces are beneficial for teething babies and in some cases they have actually became a choking hazard.
- The benefit of most teething products is that not only do they sooth pain but the majority also encourage fine motor and sensory development. Most teethers are textured for a sensory experience linked to cognitive development. The majority also help with the development of fine motor skills as baby can hold on to it and move it around while putting it to their mouth. When buying a teething product make sure that baby’s hands and finger movements are not restricted.
The COGNIKIDS™ sensory teething bib is both a bamboo bib and teether in 1. Buy yours here.
If you think your baby seems to be in a lot of pain don’t hesitate to consult with your nurse or doctor who will be able to make recommendations for gels and pain medication.