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Teething


Teething: Drooling, crankiness and tears can make teething an ordeal for parents and babies alike. Although timing varies widely, babies often begin teething by about age 6 months.

Some babies are born with their first teeth. Others start teething before they are four months old, and some after 12 months. Early teething should not cause a child any problems, unless it affects their feeding.

The two bottom front teeth are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth. Classic signs and symptoms of teething include: drooling, chewing on solid objects, irritability or crankiness and sore or tender gums.

Teething rings give your baby something to safely chew on, which may ease their discomfort and provide a distraction from any pain. Follow the instructions that come with the ring so you know how long to chill it for. Never put a teething ring in the freezer as it could damage your baby's gums if it becomes very hard or cold.
 
One of the signs that your baby is teething is that they start to chew on their fingers, toys or other objects they get hold of. Try and give healthy things for your baby to chew, such as raw fruit and vegetables, for example, pieces of apple and carrot are often ideal. 

You know your baby best. If their behaviour seems unusual, or their symptoms are severe or causing you concern, then seek medical advice from your doctor.
 

 


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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