Teething Tips for Your Bub

Teething Tips for Your Bub

Teething is an uncomfortable process for most bubs, so it pays to be prepared for that first precious tooth! Here’s how you can help soothe your little one and help them cope through their teething months.

What are they experiencing?

Here’s how to know when your bub starts teething (usually around 6 months – but it can be earlier).

  • Chewing
  • Drool rash around their mouth
  • Low-grade fever lower than 38.3 degrees Celsius
  • Irritability
  • Sore, tender gums
  • Diarrhoea

Usually, the first tooth to appear is a lower jaw incisor, so check your bub’s mouth with your finger to detect any hard bumps or emerging teeth. Sometimes these symptoms appear well before a tooth though!

If your bub only has diarrhoea and a higher temperature, they may be ill and it’s important to book an appointment with your paediatrician.

How to soothe your teething bub

  • Massage – First, clean your hands. Then lay your little one down and gently but firmly rub their gums with your finger. They may try to chew your finger a bit to get relief from the discomfort.
  • Cold washcloth – Get a clean cotton washcloth and soak it in water or cold chamomile tea. Wring it out and put it in a Ziplock bag in the fridge or freezer until it’s cold. Then let them chew on it, letting the cold help reduce the inflammation and discomfort.
  • Popsicle – Use a popsicle form to make icy popsicles from breastmilk or formula. This also helps if your little one is refusing to eat due to their teething discomfort. It’s a messy process, so a bib and some washcloths are essential!
  • Chilled fruit – If your bub is starting to eat solids, then chill some fruit for them to chew on. Good fruits to try are mashed bananas, apples, pears, and strawberries.
  • Extra pampering – We can all benefit from extra love and attention when we’re feeling sore and unhappy, and your bub is no exception! Try to spend more time cuddling them in a rocker, giving them a soothing massage with a lavender-enriched cream after bath time, or additional nursing sessions.
  • Pain medication – You can also ask your paediatrician or pharmacist for medications to relieve pain and discomfort. These can also help your little one sleep better during teething, as not getting enough sleep isn’t ideal for you or your growing bub!

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