How To Handle Baby Teething
Today we are going to be talking about how to handle when your baby is teething. It's definitely true to say that teething can be a very difficult and tough time both for baby and for parents, so today we are going to be talking through ways to help during this time.
First of all it is hugely important to know the signs of teething, not only can this help to ease your worry as your normally happy and excited baby becomes a bit irritable and in general bad form, but it also allows you to take some steps to be organised for the journey ahead! Not every baby will show all of the symptoms of teething and so this is just a quick guide to what some of the symptoms may be when your baby begins to teethe; red flushed cheeks, dribbling or excessive dribbling, chewing on fingers or toys, sore and tender gums, crying and general bad form, nappy rash, loss of appetite, disrupted sleep, rash around the mouth, a mild temperature or ear-rubbing. Some people also report that their baby's nappy has changed during teething bouts.
So, how can you help your little one during this time? There are plenty of things that can be done to help ease your baby's pain! Firstly, chewing on a teething ring can be an absolute life saver when it comes to your teething baby. Not only can teething rings be an amazing distraction with their bright colours and fun shapes, but also teething rings will help to ease inflamed and sore gums. Most teething rings can be stored in the fridge to be chilled but make sure to check the product instructions before doing so! Teething gels are available to buy in pharmacies and even come in a sugar free version. They contain a mild local anaesthetic which helps to numb pain so make sure to chat to your pharmacist before giving it to your baby. The same applies if you are considering giving your baby sugar free paracetamol or ibuprofen make sure to consult your GP or pharmacist. Very importantly, make sure to never put any form of jewellery or strings around your baby's neck. But one of the best things you can do during this time is just be there for your little one, be ready with all of the cuddles and extra love!
And there you have it, our guide to surviving baby teething! Just remember you are not alone and there are so many other people in the same boat as you who understand exactly what it's like to have a baby who is suffering with teething. You've got this!