Teething – tips for soothing sore gums

A teething baby can keep parents up all night. The drooling, crankiness and tears often make this phase terrible for everyone. Here are tips to help ease the pain.

When does it start?

Babies often start teething at six months. The two bottom front teeth usually appear first, followed by the two top front teeth.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Drooling
  • Chewing on objects
  • Irritability or crankiness
  • Sore or tender gums
  • Mild fever


Ways to soothe those sore gums

  • Rub your baby’s gums. This pressure can help ease your baby’s discomfort a bit. Use a clean finger or moistened cloth to rub those sore gums.
  • Cool comfort. A cold washcloth, spoon or cold teething ring can sooth a baby’s gums. But never give your baby a frozen teething ring!
  • Hard foods. If your baby is already eating solid foods, you can give them something to chew on, like biltong, rusks or peeled, chilled carrot. But always keep an eye on them, because they can easily choke.
  • Keep it dry. Drooling is part of teething. When your baby has a teething ring, their fingers or other objects in their mouth, it produces saliva. This saliva can cause skin irritation on your baby’s chin, so keep a clean cloth handy and gently pat their chin dry. You can also apply a bit of moisturiser on their chin, such as a water-based cream or lotion.
  • Try an over-the-counter pain syrup that is suitable for babies.


Caring for those precious little new teeth

Wipe your baby’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth or a soft baby toothbrush every day. This prevents bacteria from building up in your baby’s mouth.

Read more: 6 tips to get the kids to brush their teeth

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