Baby Teething - by Tikiri Toys
What are Teething Symptoms? How can you Help?
Written by Tikiri Toys
Has your baby started to be a bit grumpy or maybe cry more than they normally do? It may be that they have started teething – but how do you know for sure?
Babies generally begin teething between the age of 4-7 months but this can vary quite widely. Some can start younger, some can start older and some will go on for longer.
There are some common symptoms for baby teething which will help you determine if this is what is causing the problem.
What are the Symptoms of Baby Teething?
The signs that your baby has begun teething are normally:
- Chewing on objects
- Temper tantrums or general grumpiness
- Sore or irritated gums
- Mouth rash
- Decrease in appetite
- Sleeping difficulties
There is an order in which babies teeth start to appear- the two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth (upper central incisors).
How can you help your Baby Teething?
Baby teething can be very painful for some and this can make it a worrying time for new parents.
Here are some ways you can help comfort and soothe your baby during this process:
- Rub your babies gums -Rubbing your babies gums with a round circular motion for a short time has been shown to help relieve teething symptoms. Use your finger or damp gauze pad to do this and the pressure can help to ease your baby's discomfort.
- Use Teething Toys - Teething toys are specifically designed for teething babies. They usually have hard and soft areas that baby can chew on which helps the irritation. They also double up as a toy to play with distract your baby from the discomfort.
Tikiri Toys offer a whole range of natural rubber teething products they are BPA free and made from non toxic materials.
- Keep babies gums cool – You can use a cold washcloth or a chilled (not frozen) teething ring which can really help to soothe irritated gums. Another alternative is to use an ice cube covered in a cloth which can be rubbed over their gums.
- Use food to ease symptoms – If your baby is eating solids then you can give them some food to gnaw on like a price of chilled cucumber or carrot – you must be careful and keep a close eye on them though as if any pieces break off they could be a choking hazard.
- Distraction – Yes – it’s as simple as that! If your baby is engaged in play or something fun then their attention will be taken off the pain in their gums.
Further Baby Teething Considerations
Baby teething can cause some side effects such as skin irritation and mouth rashes. This is usually caused by excessive drooling. To try and prevent it happening make sure you have a clean soft cloth close by to keep your baby’s skin dry. It’s best to use a nice soft cloth as if it’s a bit rough that in itself can irritate your babies sensitive skin. You can also apply moisturiser to any dry skin that appears.
Teething can be an uncomfortable process, but at least it’s not as expensive as the tooth fairy fees when they start to fall out!
If you have any questions regarding our range of teething toys then please do not hesitate to contact Tikiri Toys here.