Teething can not only be painful for your baby but can be distressing too. It is difficult for them to understand what is happening to them and frustrating for you to watch. It will usually start when your baby reaches the age of five to seven months, with their bottom front teeth coming through first followed by the four upper teeth about a month later. The incisors will come next then the molars, the canine and eyeteeth.
Teething can cause a number of symptoms including irritability, drooling, low-grade fever and crying. The new teeth cutting through and swollen gums around the teeth, which are often tender, can cause your baby pain. Although your child may run a slight fever when teething you should contact your GP immediately if it persists or goes over one hundred degrees.
You can help relieve your baby’s discomfort by gently massaging the gums with a finger or by giving your child a teether. Alternatively ask your pharmacist for recommended remedies. Teeth should be cleaned with a soft child’s toothbrush and you should never let your baby fall asleep with a bottle.