My Baby Is Teething – What Can I Do To Help?!
Teething is totally natural and everyone goes through it, but that doesn’t make you feel any better as a parent when the worst part about is seeing your baby in pain and feeling useless! So I have put together a handy teething guide to help for when your little one starts the dreaded teething process!
Remember that what works for one baby, may not work for another so it will be a little bit of trial and error.
Teething rings give your baby something to chew safely. This may ease their discomfort and distract them from any pain.
Some teething rings can be cooled first in the fridge, which may help to soothe your baby’s gums. The instructions that come with the ring should tell you how long to chill it for. Never put a teething ring in the freezer, as it could damage your baby’s gums if it gets frozen.
Also, never tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck, as it may be a choking hazard, and always check your teething ring for damage before giving to your baby.
Teething gels often contain a mild local anaesthetic, which helps to numb any pain or discomfort caused by teething. The gels may also contain antiseptic ingredients, which help to prevent infection in any sore or broken skin in your baby’s mouth.
Make sure you use a teething gel that’s specially designed for young children and not a general oral pain relief gel, as these aren’t suitable for children. Your pharmacist can advise you.
It’s best to talk to your pharmacist or GP before using a teething gel for babies under two months old.
If your baby is six months or older, you can give them healthy things to chew on, such as raw fruit and vegetables. Pieces of apple or carrot are ideal. You could also try giving your baby a crust of bread or a breadstick. Always stay close when your baby is eating in case they choke.
Paracetamol & Ibuprofen For Teething
If your baby is in pain or has a mild raised temperature (less than 38C), you may want to give them a sugar-free painkilling medicine that’s specifically for babies and young children. These contain a small dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen. Children under 16 years old shouldn’t have aspirin.
Always follow the instructions that come with the medicine. If you’re not sure, speak to your GP or pharmacist.
Always seek medical advice from a medical professional if you are unsure or are in need of advice.
Information sourced from NHS.uk
Below you will find the guide for reference. But remember if you worried at all about anything do not be afraid to ask your midwife, health visitor or GP! It’s hard being a new Mum so don’t worry about asking for help and advice!
Hi I’m Aimée the photographer and owner here at Curious Moments Photography. I specialise in Newborn, Baby and Maternity Photoshoots for families in and around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire & Ceridigion. With a mission of making you feel relaxed & welcomed, ensuring you have an enjoyable experience!