Some babies breeze through teething like it was nothing out of the ordinary, but for some (or most) it's a time filled with pain and frustration. We get lots of questions about how you can tell when your baby is teething, and what parents can do to help. So we have put together some commonly asked questions and our answers, and we tell you our top picks for teething-soothing products:
Q: When does my baby start teething?
A: Your baby’s first teeth will usually come in sometime between 3 and 12 months of age, and the last set of molars should arrive somewhere between age 2-3. A funny fact, tooth development is hereditary, so if your teeth came in early it's likely your baby's will too. Also, teeth usually come in pairs.
Q: What are some symptoms of teething?
A: For some babies, you won’t even realize they are teething until all of a sudden you see that pearly white peaking through. But for most, it will come with a few tell-tale signs. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Excess drooling
- Rash around mouth, chin and neck (from drooling)
- Biting (anything and everything she can get her hands on)
- Crying and irritability (from the pain of the teeth poking through)
- Refusing to eat (due to pain)
- Night wakings (again, due to pain and discomfort)
- Low grade fever (caused by inflammation in the gums)
Q: What can I do to help?
A: One of the best remedies for teething discomfort is to provide counter pressure on the gums. This can be done using teething rings, rattles and other teething toys with lumpy, bumpy parts, or even using your clean finger. Cold helps numb achy gums as well, so keep teething toys, or wet wash cloths in the fridge (not freezer, which gets a bit too cold and can hurt more) so they are nice and cold when baby chews on them.
Once they are eating solid foods to you can also add cool foods and water, and frozen foods in a feeder. If your baby is waking more during the night, try to refrain from night feedings though, as these will be hard to wean off again of once baby is past teething.
If the pain seems to persist, check with your doctor to see if a baby pain reliever might be appropriate. But more than anything, baby will need your patience, love and soothing comfort.
Q: What teething products should I be looking for?
A: We have selected our top picks for teething products:
Amber Teething Necklace
Natural remedies such as amber and hazel will always be debated whether or not they are really useful, but we find that too many of our customers have found relief with the Amber Teething Necklace to ignore it. The natural oils in amber have an anti-inflammatory effect as it’s absorbed into the body, and this is helpful when inflammation in the gums is present, like when baby is teething. Be sure to take it off while baby is sleeping for safety, and look for a necklace with knots between each bead.
Bandana Bibs protects the skin during excess drooling, which helps prevent a rash. Look for bibs made with organic cotton or muslin as they are very effective in wicking away moisture from the skin.
Baby’s First Toothbrush
The plentiful soft, silicone bristles on Baby’s First Toothbrush massage baby’s gums on all sides, providing soothing relief to aching gums. And once those teeth come in, the rubbing action of the bristles will clean the teeth too! (Age 3 months – 5 years)
Baby Cubes Fresh Feeder
Once baby can eat solid food, the Fresh Feeder can be used during teething to sooth achy gums with cool foods. Frozen banana or grapes are great to suck on and will help numb gums, without the worry of baby biting off chunks and choking. And the silicone bag is easy to clean. (Age 6 months+)
Nixi Teething Necklace
These silicone necklaces are not only stylish, but also completely safe for baby to chew on! Made with different sized beads to soothe baby's gums and easy to clean.
These products are all available at Kids Trading Company, come see us soon if your baby is teething!