Teething Symptoms and Advice

baby teething mitt

It's official. Teething sucks. It can be a distressing time for mummy and daddy as well as your little one. Teething symptoms can hugely vary from baby to baby, and those little peggies can make an appearance at a different time for each baby. The majority of babies start teething between 4 and 9 months however some can cut that first tooth as early as 3 months or as late as their first birthday.

 

symptoms of teething


There are no rules for teething! But most parents notice some or all of the following symptoms of teething:

drooling

Drooling:

Drooling is caused by the excessive production of saliva which is stimulated by teething.

biting

Biting:

A teething baby is likely to chew on anything he or she can get hold of including their hands. It is believed that the pressure from biting relieves the pressure on their gums that teething causes. However, some parents may find that babies at this time start to refuse to eat because of the pain that sucking causes on their gums.

Irritabiltiy

Irritability:

Babies may become irritable when teething and be restless. By comforting or playing with them you can distract them from their pain by giving them something else to concentrate on.

sore gums

Sore gums:

Gums may become red and sore as the teeth come closer to the surface and you may see white dots or small openings where the tooth is about to cut through. Gums may be become more painful as the tooth gets closer to breaking through.

sleeplessness

Sleeplessness:

Babies who suffer from teething pains are likely to wake at night or have trouble getting to sleep. This may effect the quality of baby’s sleep and they may seem more tired during the day. Sleeplessness is most likely to occur more when baby cuts their first few teeth or their molars.  

runny poos

Runny poos:

As baby is likely to swallow more saliva their stools tend to become runnier, which in turn can cause nappy rash.

 

How can you help sooth your baby's teething pain?

crying baby

  • Firstly, lots of cuddles and attention always help!
  • For babies who can't yet keep hold of a teething toy then the Belo + Me baby teething mitt can help. The lightweight and soft mitt is fastened onto baby's hand for them to chew on. You can find our baby teething mitt here. They are also great for little ones who chew on their hands and fingers as it can stop them from becoming red, sore and chapped.
  • For babies over 6 months home made fruit ice lollies are great. The cold ice can help sooth gums and they are healthy too! 
  • Give babies who love to chew on anything they can get their hands on something safe to bite. Our Belo bunny teething toy is a great shape for little hands to hold, and has lots of texture to explore helping gums and teeth.
  • If dribble is causing the skin around baby’s mouth to become sore and red this may cause a rash to develop. Try to keep the area dry and apply a barrier cream to protect and soothe the skin. Use dribble bibs (see ours here) to help keep baby's chest dry. Dribble bibs are easy to change and wash and keep the moisture from getting onto clothes and then onto skin.

What order do baby teeth appear in?

Here's a ROUGH guide to how babies' teeth usually emerge (remember these can be different for every baby):

teething chart

    Most children will have all of their milk teeth by the time they are two and a half years old.

    Read: The 10 stages of teething every parent goes through blog post

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    *please note, the information on this is not meant to diagose teething in babies. If you are worried about your baby for any reason please contact your doctor or health visitor.


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