Teething is the process
of the milk teeth erupting. It usually begins at around the age of 5
months but some children develop teeth a lot earlier or later than others.
Teething can be quite a traumatic experience for some children, while
others will not be bothered by teething.
Development of teeth
actually start to develop while the baby is still in the womb. However,
they do not start to erupt until around the age of 6 months. Generally,
the incisors appear first, followed by the canines and then the molars.
There are 20 milk teeth in total and most children have all their milk
teeth by the age of 2.
Symptoms of teething
Some children will
display symptoms of teething, while others will develop teeth without
any problems. Common symptoms include:
- Rosy cheeks
or a rash on the face
higher temperature than usual
- Red, swollen
- Loss of
many babies tend to try and chew on things, including toys, when they
Ways to ease pain during
If your baby is struggling
with teething, there are various ways you can help to ease their pain;
gel: this is a cooling gel, which is applied to the gums. Many gels
also contain a mild form of local anaesthetic, which helps to numb the
pain. It is important to make sure you choose a children’s teething
gel and not an adult product, as these are not suitable for children.
- Pain relief:
if your baby is in pain because of teething, give them children’s
pain relief medication. Make sure you read the label carefully and consult
your pharmacist or doctor if you have concerns.
rings: teething rings encourage babies to chew, which can help to relieve
- Cool drinks:
cool drinks (make sure they are sugar-free) help to soothe the gums
and ease pain.
many babies feel emotional when they are teething so they may welcome
lots of cuddles.