Drooling, biting, coughing, irritability and of course, crying, are common symptoms of teething. All babies will experience teething differently; some won’t have any symptoms at all and will have a full mouth of teeth without any pain. For others, try these easy remedies:
Teething Rings - Try a teething ring that you can refrigerate for extra relief, the cooling effect will helps numb the gums. Never freeze a teether as this too can cause pain on sensitive gums. Teethers with friendly designs or soft nubs can help baby with additional comfort.
Cold food – Cold yogurts, applesauce or frozen fruits can help soothe sore gums. Serve in the NUK Fill & Freeze Pops for babies over 10 months or use a feeder for babies from 6 months. Always supervise while eating.
Lots of TLC – Without doubt, the easiest remedy to give to your child. Sometimes extra kisses and cuddles help soothe baby and are just as effective.
What about pain medication?
Consult your paediatrician. Taking pain and fever reducing medicine may help relieve some symptoms.
When do I have to start brushing my child's teeth? How often?
‘When the first tooth is fully present, it can and should be cleaned. This is possible with a child toothbrush that is round, soft and adapted to a small child's needs. You can also use a moist cloth wrapped around your finger. At the latest when the molars are present, around one year of age, the toothbrush should be used more intensely, and you should brush the child's teeth together with the child. It will soon learn how to use the brush and then later be able to clean its own teeth. Brush teeth as required. Generally, once per day until one year of age, and then twice per day, as for adults.’
When should I take my child to a dentist for the first time?
Once the first teeth sneak through, visit the dentist for a friendly check-up. Try making this outing a fun event – bring along siblings or ask whether the dentist can move the chair up and down. Regular check-ups should be performed from two years old, when all teeth have grown. At first, check-ups can be performed once a year and later twice a year like for an adult.
This article is proudly brought to you by NUK in partnership with expert Dr Hubertus von Treuenfels.