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5 Signs That Your Baby May be Teething

Somewhere between three and twelve months, usually just as you feel you are starting to work your baby’s sleep routine out and thinking you might even feel human again after some full nights of sleep, your baby’s teeth will start to make their well announced entrance into the world! From here on in, my mummy friends and I would always laugh that any restless night was put down to either teething or maybe a growth spurt! Here’s how to read the signs of teething, and ease your baby’s discomfort.

When does teething begin?

Although your baby’s first tooth can appear anywhere between three and 12 months and continue until around 2 years old, teething symptoms can appear as much as two to three months before that first tiny tooth does. Symptoms and your baby’s tolerance to teething vary greatly from one baby to the next, but you may notice any or all of the following:

Dribbling – You might find that your baby’s top is suddenly soggy and when you are carrying her, so is your shoulder! Fasten on a bib to keep her dry and clean, you don’t want her chest area getting damp especially if you are out in the cold. Gently wipe her chin with the softest fabric possible throughout the day to try and prevent chapping. If your baby’s mouth and chin get sore and red as a result try applying a thin layer of barrier cream (such as vaseline or Lansinoh nipple cream). Speak to your Doctor if this doesn’t help as they might need to prescribe something.

Chewing – Your little one’s gums become sore and itchy and it helps relieve the pressure when they get to chew. This is when they start to chew on anything in sight! Their fingers, your fingers, your breast (ouch!), or her spoon. Giving them something clean and safe to chew on, preferably with raised nobly bits, help relieve the pressure as well as helps the teeth to break through the gums.

Crying – Some babies sail through teething while others have to suffer the pain. Teething gels and powders can help to numb their pain and can be rubbed on to a teething toy to help administer.

Changes in feeding – Sucking can increase teething pressure or pain, so your baby may start refuse the breast or bottle or start to feed then stop. Persevere and if you are worried, speak to your doctor.

Sleepless nights – As your baby’s tooth is pushing its way through they often get restless during the night or call out in pain and need extra cuddles. Infant paracetamol and teething powders or gels can help.

Rosy cheeks, diarrhoea and slight fever may also be signs of teething but if you are worried, or no other teething symptoms are apparent, it’s worth mentioning them to your doctor.

When your little one is in discomfort, you just want to help to give them some relief. As a mum, I used teething toys, cooled teething rings and teething biscuits but all ended up either lost out of the side of the pram or dirty on a coffee shop floor or pavement and in need of sterilising before they could be given back.

It was at this stage that we needed a teething ‘toy’ to chew on to help relieve pressure and help the teeth break through, but ideally something that was attached to the baby so couldn’t be dropped or lost. Also the amount of dribble was unbelievable and meant bibs were constantly soaked through. After discussing how we wished someone would invent a product that ticked all these boxes, we came up with the Neckerchew! Something to help relieve their pain that they could hold on to themselves without dropping or loosing and super soft, extremely absorbent and stylish. I hope it helps you through the teething stages as much as it has helped us.

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