PLAYTIME AND CUDDLES
Sometimes the distraction of a toy or playtime with mummy or daddy will be enough to take your baby’s mind off their teething pain. Many babies just want to be held and soothed by comforting cuddle power.
TEETHING TOYS OR RINGS
Made to satisfy your baby’s natural instinct to chew on something, teething toys and rings can often be chilled in the fridge for an extra soothing effect. It’s recommended to sterilise them in boiling water first.
If you don’t have a teething ring, a cold wet flannel can work just as well. Older babies can chew on chilled sticks of vegetables such as carrot or cucumber, or a crust of bread, in younger babies this could be a choking risk so is best avoided. It’s best to avoid foods that contain added sugar, including rusks.
DEALING WITH DRIBBLE
Constant dribbling can make your baby’s chin sore. A ‘neckerchew’ is a useful way to catch dribble and wipe baby’s mouth which has a chewable section too. An emollient or barrier ointment can also be applied to baby’s face to prevent the skin from drying out.
Singing lullabies and nursery rhymes to your little one can really soothe a baby to sleep.
There are a variety of medicines that can also be used to relieve the discomfort of teething symptoms:
- Ibuprofen or paracetamol suspensions*
- Topical anaesthetics, liquids and gels*
- Natural traditional therapies such as teething powders – including Ashton & Parsons, can be given hourly for up to 6 doses in 24 hours. Ashton & Parsons contains tincture of Matricaria, which is extracted from German Chamomile flower heads. Tincture of Matricaria has traditionally been used in Ashton & Parsons Infants’ Powders to relieve the symptoms associated with teething pain such as sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling.
If you are unsure about your diagnosis please speak to your GP or Pharmacist.
*Check the age range and dosage information on the packet or ask your doctor or pharmacist if you’re unsure how much to give your baby.
Over the age of 6 months, a bottle or beaker of cold water or milk can help soothe inflamed and tender gums. Extra drinks are a good idea if your baby is dribbling a lot, to help them stay well hydrated. The best option is to give them cool water – just make sure it is not too cold.
If your baby will let you, rubbing the sore gums gently in a circular motion can ease the pressure and pain of teeth pushing up.