The dreaded word…Teething! It’s a phase that parents fear and all babies go through so here are some tips and advice on how to handle it when it comes!
All babies are different. Some babies are born with their first teeth, some start teething before they are 4 months old, and some after 12 months.
I’m Vicki Hodges, founder of Bo&Bel, proud mother to twins Phoebe (Bo) and Isobel (Bel) now almost 6 years old so I can testify you do come out of the other side of teething! Phoebe got her first two bottom incisors through at 3 months whereas Isobel was much later until hers broke through.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOUR LITTLE ONE IS TEETHING??
- Gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through
- Cheeks are flushed
- Dribbling or heavy drooling
- Gnawing and chewing on things a lot
- Rubbing their ear
- Restless or having trouble sleeping
- Not feeding well
- Some people think that teething causes diarrhoea and fever, but there’s no evidence to support this.
Some babies don’t show any discomfort with teething so don’t compare to others babies and if in doubt do seek medical advice.
WHAT ORDER DO THEY (GENERALLY) COME THROUGH?
- Bottom incisors (bottom front teeth) – 5 to 7 months
- Top incisors (top front teeth) – 6 to 8 months
- Top lateral incisors (either side of the top front teeth) – 9 to 11 months
- Bottom lateral incisors (either side of the bottom front teeth) – 10 to 12 months
- First molars (back teeth) – 12 to 16 months
- Canines (towards the back of the mouth) – 16 to 20 months
- Second molars – 20 to 30 months
Most children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are two and a half years old.
MY TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING TEETHING:
There will be drool and lots of it. Catch the dribble with a good quality bib. Look for ones that let the skin breathe such as bamboo towelling as it will soak a lot of moisture away from the skin.
- SORE CHIN
The chin may get sore through constantly being wet. We used to apply lots of sudocrem to the affected area and it cleared up in no time.
Don’t worry about the routine over the time they are teething. Sleep and feeding maybe disrupted but that’s okay as you will get the routine back and try to adjust to the babies needs.
Some people notice their babies get loose stools when teething so I would keep extra nappies and changes of clothes with you for those running poo accidents we all know and love! Also I used to keep a small tub of sudocrem or similar for nappy rash in my change bag.
- TEETHING POWDERS
We used to use teething powders such as Ashton & Parsons which is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the symptomic relief of teething pains when rubbed on the gums.
- TEETHING GELS
Teething gels such as Bonjela and Anbesol can be put on your little ones gums to help numb the pain of teething cutting through.
- LIQUID PAIN RELIEF
There’s the choice of paracetamol liquid or ibuprofen Liquid which can be alternated and will help with fever and inflammation to the gum – Do get advice on the correct dosage for the age of the child.
- NATURAL REMEDIES
I’m a big fan of keeping it natural when I can. I loved to give mine a cold flannel to chew or some frozen berries, peas or cold carrot sticks to chew on. Our jewellery is a great way to give natural pain relief to them when teething plus you also get to look fab too!
- KEEP A DIARY
Keep a diary of when they go their first teeth because it’s so lovely to look back and remember and believe me baby brain lasts and you’ll forget those moments unless you write them down in your red books!
Drink gin!! (you not the baby!!) It may seem like you’re suffering the teething pains too but remember it’s just a phase.
When you have babies you realise they grab everything! Not only do they grab everything, they put everything in their mouths. So when I’d had little hands pull and break my necklaces I gave up on wearing jewellery and felt I’d lost my sense of style.
Most new mums I spoke to felt the same as me so I was passionate that I could provide the perfect solution. I started to design our silicone teething necklaces to enable mums to wear jewellery again that is safe, stylish and practical. And so Bo&Bel was born and I became very knowledgeable on teething!
Our necklaces stand out from the crowd because we design them to be an accessory that is as much about baby teething as it is about the mum feeling stylish. When receiving our jewellery mum feels they are getting a treat for themselves as much as a safe, practical teether for their baby.
You can buy your own MGF bespoke necklace from the MGF website with 50% of the profits from the sale of these necklaces being donated to projects to support local families.