We’re back into the baby days with little N, and although I thought I might be a bit out of practice after a five year gap, the memories of all the baby stages have come flooding back. Now that she’s three months, we’re just starting to get into one of the trickier stages: teething. She’s been dribbling non stop (the amount of bibs we get through in a day is crazy!). We’ve had a few unsettled evenings too when she’s grinding her gums together and wanting to bite down on everything, so they’re clearly feeling sore.
Recent research conducted by Nelsons Teetha reveals that over a third of parents (39%) find teething the most distressing ailment for babies, with common side effects including sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling.
I used the Nelsons Teetha granules with her big brothers while they were teething, and it looks like it’s time to stock up on them again!
Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, are a homeopathic medicinal product used within the homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething which are sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling.
Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules cost £5.85, available from Boots, Holland and Barrett, selected grocers, Lloyd’s pharmacies and all good independent health food and pharmacy stores. Always read the label. Suitable from 3 months plus. For more info visit www.nelsonsbaby.com
I hope it’s not too long for N before her teeth start coming through. The early stages of teething lasted a really long time for R and he didn’t actually get his first tooth until after he was 1 year old!
I’m guessing N’s might be a bit quicker as she started teething earlier, but we will see. Z and T both got their first teeth around 7 or 8 months old.
When the first tooth does eventually cut through the gum there will also be the added worry of how to care for the new tooth! So how do you look after a new tooth whilst your baby is still teething? The makers of Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules have put together top tips for tooth care:
- You can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to brush much at first, the important thing is to get your baby used to brushing their teeth as part of their daily routine.
- You can help by setting a good example and letting them see you brushing your own teeth. Not all children like having their teeth brushed, so you may have to keep trying. You could try and make it into a game. Perseverance is the key!
- Use a tiny smear of toothpaste for babies and toddlers up to age three, and a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six years.
- The easiest way to brush a baby’s teeth is to sit them on your knee with their head resting against your chest. With an older child, stand behind them and tilt their head upwards.
- Brush the teeth in small circles covering all the surfaces and let your child spit the toothpaste out afterwards. Rinsing with water has been found to reduce the benefit of fluoride.
- Gradually start brushing your child’s teeth more thoroughly, covering all the surfaces of the teeth. Do it at least twice a day: just before bed and at another time that fits in with your routine.
- Supervise brushing to make sure your child gets the right amount of toothpaste and they are not eating or licking toothpaste from the tube.
- Carry on helping your child brush their teeth until you’re sure they can do it well enough themselves. This will normally be from the age of seven