Home > Baby > Teething
Each baby reacts differently to teething. Most babies have virtually no discomfort and make it through without any symptoms whatsoever. However for a few babies (and their Mums and Dads) teething isn’t a pleasant experience and everyone suffers due to baby’s sore and tender gums. This discomfort usually comes and goes and can cause baby to be fussy, irritable and wakeful. Other symptoms include increased biting, drooling, gum-rubbing, and sucking. You may also notice baby rubs his ears, has dribble rashes on his face or chin, has decreased appetite for solids and perhaps a mild increase in temperature
Remember though, teething doesn’t cause your baby to be unwell or sick. It does not cause diarrhoea, fever or vomiting. If your child has these problems take him to see a doctor.
There are many things you can do to help your baby if he has sore gums from teething.
Just occasionally children may require paracetamol, follow the directions on the bottle.
Usually, your baby’s teeth begin to push through his gums at about six months, although teething can begin in infants as young as two months or as old as a year. By the time your child is three years old, he will usually have twenty baby teeth.
As soon as that first tooth appears that’s the time to begin baby’s lifetime teeth cleaning habit. Simply use a damp cloth or a soft small junior toothbrush and a very small smear of fluoride toothpaste to gently clean his teeth. You’ll find the easiest way to brush your baby’s teeth is to sit your child in your lap or on a chair and brush from behind.