Hey there, welcome. So if your reading this your Baby is Teething. Well buckle up buttercup your in for a ride.
Nah I’m just joking it’s not too bad, but like anything to do with parenting it is hard work at times. But that’s why I have written this post for you. You need help because they are Teething.
Well as a Dad and Step Dad to five girls, I’ve been there done it and got the t-shirt as some may say or even completed jumanji level 4. Definitely I am no expert here to offer you the most awesome and amazing trick to stop or speed up the process. I’m going to give you a few hints and tips to help you and your little one.
So we will cover the following.
- How do you know if your Baby is Teething.
- How long does Teething usually last.
- How do you survive a Teething Baby.
So let’s get started and help you and your little one.
How do you know if your Baby is Teething.
There are a few signs that will give you the Incling that your baby is cutting teeth. There are items you can buy to help while your baby is Teething, medicines too. They are not miracle fixes though but they definitely do help.
Below I will list a few ways you can tell if your baby is Teething.
- Disrupted Sleep
- Swelling or Inflamation of the gums
- Loss of appetite
- Rash around the mouth (with a rash it is always best to seek medical advice)
- Mild Temperature
- Increased Biting and Gum-rubbing, even ear rubbing.
So that is a few tell tale signs and visual signs that you can look out for.
How long does Teething usually last?
This is one of those parenting challenges that can test you to the limit. It can get frustrating, no matter how much you try sometimes you just cannot seem to help them settle, no matter how much you comfort them. Cuddles and love are always good, not just for them but for us parents too.
How Long Does Teething Last? A baby’s first tooth usually comes through at around six months of age, however this can occur as early as birth or as late as their first birthday. It could then carry on for anywhere up to a year or more.
Do not fret or stress though, they will not be an upset, crying, irritable bundle of noise for up to two years of their life.
They will go through stages when cutting teeth. Beast my 19 month old toddler at first didn’t cut one tooth, but she cut two at the same time, this took just under two months.
How do you survive a Teething Baby?
There were so many ways I could have worded this part to offer you help. 5 ways to soothe your Teething Baby. How to comfort your Teething baby. How can I help my Teething baby.
But this is parenting, this is real. It’s surviving because as some will agree if this isn’t their first rodeo. It’s hard work, but I can offer some tips and help to survive a Teething Baby so that you can parent for many more years to come.
Now there are many ways to help soothe your bundle of joy and survive this moment. So below I will list a few that will help you and your baby.
- Give them chilled fruit pieces to help soothe sore and inflamed gums and Teething relief (6 months plus is recommended for this one).
- Give your baby a cool washcloth to help soothe sore gums.
- Coffee and chocolate lots of it…. Not for your baby, but for you.
- Let your baby chomp on your finger, well no not chomp, but massaging their gums will offer some Teething relief.
- Offer them a chilled, non-gel Teething toy to chew on. (overnight in the fridge or half an hour in the freezer and this bad boy is a god send for your baby).
- Wipe away excess drool to help reduce irritation.
- Give them lots and lots of cuddles to comfort them.
I also found chilled raw carrot sticks a big help, they are easy to handle and firm enough for them to have a good chomp on with those gums.
There are also two remedies available over the counter at your local pharmacy which I found to help alot with all my daughters. One is a liquid or gel and is called Anbesol, this stuff is a god send, just rub on their gums and you will be praising the Lord. Also Ashtons & parsons sachets, these are a powder remedy in a sachet which you just pour into baby’s mouth and it does the rest and helps the relief from discomfort and pain.
Also if you find that they have a slight temperature, not to worry. The parenting lifesaver that is Calpol will help and is perfectly fine to use. It will also offer some pain relief also from painful gums.
I hope you have found my post helpful. Hope it’s not too hard on you through this stage. You will be wishing these times back once your moving from their cot to a Toddler Bed.