Did you know that one in every two thousand babies is born with a tooth?
Although at around 6 months most babies seem to be starting to experience teething or its symptoms, the timing of it can vary enormously, with some babies born with teeth already in place, and others celebrating their first birthday before the arrival of any of their milk teeth. Although some babies can cut teeth with little difficulty, it can prove a hard time for both babies and parents alike when any number of teething related symptoms effect our little ones.
From flushed cheeks to sore gums babies can become upset or unsettled when they are teething, they can produce a lot of dribble and this can make their skin sore if it is not kept dry. There are a range of teething gels which can aid your baby, your local chemist will be able to advise on these which provide a cooling and soothing aid to teething. Teething rings are also available designed to give baby a safe way to ease their gums, it is important to follow the instructions provided and ensure that these are used in the correct way and under constant supervision. A drink of cool water can also be a help to your baby when teething.
Distraction techniques can be surprisingly effective, playing, sharing a book, going out for a ride in the buggy, a change of scene can all help to take your baby’s mind off their discomfort. Food can also help, just as a healthy diet during pregnancy is vitally important, it also remains the case for little ones as the move from milk to their first foods being introduced. Constant supervision is always needed whilst feeding, and an eye should also be kept on the sugar levels of baby food products. When teeth do finally make an appearance, keeping them clean and brushing your baby’s teeth is also really important, advice is available on the NHS website on ways to establish a brushing routine.
Sleep may also be effected and this can be difficult for all concerned, teething can affect your baby’s routine or interfere if you are trying to establish a sleep routine at this early stage. It’s important for you both to get rest during this time, and flexibility in sleep times when teething is proving difficult may be necessary.
On the subject of precious sleep, what are your best tips for getting little ones off to sleep?
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