Katie Hilton – Bsc Hons Midwifery, Msc SCPHN Health Visitor
So now you know your baby is definitely teething, how are you going to help them? Here are some tops tips to keep in mind when your baby is teething:
Wipe your baby’s face often with a clean facecloth to remove any drool and try to prevent rashes from developing around the chin and neck.
Gently rub your baby’s gums with a clean finger, but be gentle as they may be sore.
Give your little one something to chew on, but make sure it is big enough not to be swallowed or choked on. Gumigem Berries, Bubba Beads, Bubba Bangles are all perfect for this!
BPA Free Silicone teething rings are also good teethers, however try to avoid ones with liquid inside, as they have been known to break and leak the contents. If you decide to use a teething ring chill it in the fridge beforehand. Never boil a teething ring to sterilize it as extreme temperature changes can damage them. I would suggest trying the Gumigem Wave Bangle.
If your baby is irritable and difficult to settle, speak to your health visitor or GP about administering a dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen to help ease their discomfort. Never administer paracetamol and ibuprofen together and always check the dosage on the container. Paracetamol can be administered every 4 hours, no more than 5 doses in a 24-hour period. Where possible ibuprofen should be administered with food and do not give to your child if they have been vomiting and not drinking. As with paracetamol check the dosage and strength before giving your ibuprofen and do not give more than 3 doses in a 24-hour period.
Teething biscuits and frozen or cold food are only OK for babies who are already eating solid foods. Don’t use them if your baby has not yet started solids. And make sure to watch your baby to make sure that no pieces break off or pose a choking hazard.