Tips for teething tots & tired parents



Signs and symptoms of teething

Not all babies have the same teething “journey” but the general signs to suggest teething may have started :

  • Redness of gums
  • Drooling and dribbling, maybe with a facial rash
  • Fretfulness and sleep disturbance
  • Gnawing at fingers and anything else to hand
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

What to do

· Teething rings

These act as a distraction to the discomfort of the milk teeth coming through the gum, Some can be put in the fridge to cool (but don’t put in freezer…too cold and hard!).

A cold clean wet flannel is an alternative.

· Cold drinks and cool foods

Cool water brings relief (avoid sugary, fizzy or fruit juice drinks) as does pieces of apple or carrot if your baby is already chewing.

· Teething gels

Sugar-free gels are available for your pharmacy: ask for advice and check the dosage. Some contain an antiseptic or a mild local anaesthetic.

· Painkillers

If your baby is in pain or has a raised temperature. Be advised by your pharmacist or doctor and avoid aspirin.

· Others

Some parents recommend teething powder and sugar-free teeth biscuits.

Teething facts

Teething occurs as the milk teeth erupt through the gum usually at around 6 months of age. Symptoms may start several months before the tooth actually appears and episodes of teething may occur until 2 to 3 years of age.

The first teeth to appear are usually the lower incisor teeth, closely followed by the upper incisors. The molars make an appearance after that.

Not all babies have teething problems and for those that do, different teeth may be more sore when they come through than others.

Recommended links

British Dental Association

NHS Choices


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