Teething is a very topical subject talked about amongst parents or carers with children of the teething age. It is often considered the cause and blamed for many discomforts in a child up until they have their full set of permanent teeth, but is teething really real?
Once teeth are present, they are more able to bite off chunks of food. As much as this is an exciting and much-anticipated milestone, it also brings with it the very real fear that biting off bits of food and chewing will run the risk of your little one choking.
When your child’s first tooth will actually appear is quite unpredictable. However, what we do know for sure about teething, is it has no preference between day or night!
It’s reassuring to know teething is a natural part of your little one's development. It is not an illness. The symptoms you may have to manage should generally be mild, and can be done by you.
Teething is a term that we all come across in early parenthood. It’s a normal developmental stage that every child goes through as they approach the right age. As parents, we all know to expect teething and see it as one of the first major milestones for our babies.
Special Q&A article: Health Visitor, Tracey Stone, answers parents questions about the symptoms of teething.
Special Q&A article: Health Visitor, Tracey Stone, answers parents questions on the teething process.
The right tools for the job are essential, so it’s a good idea to buy what you need in advance so there is no delay in getting brushing once their teeth appear.
Signs and symptoms of teething can vary for each child and family. Sometimes you will suddenly notice the first gleam of a white tooth popping out of either your babies upper or lower gum. Other times however you may notice your baby beginning to show a change in behaviour making you wonder what on earth is going on!
Tracey Stone is a Health Visitor, and able to provide expert guidance on all things teething. Currently a registered practising Health Visitor in the community working with children and their families, Tracey also supports families in the online community with issues related to health and wellbeing. She is a qualified Paediatric Nurse with over 20 years’ experience and a Nurse Prescriber. She has also helped establish a respite service for Children with Special Needs. General teething advice only, Tracey does not endorse the brand.