Maggie Evans is a midwife and complementary therapist. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Maggie for a teething Q&A where we had the chance to ask her some of the most common questions about the teething process.
When do babies start teething/how long for?
Babies can start with teething symptoms as early as three months or as late, in some cases, as twelve months, the primary teeth have all usually erupted by 2 and half years
How do I know my baby is teething?
Common symptoms of teething include tender gums, drooling or dribbling; mood changes and feelings of irritability and crying. If you are concerned about any of their symptoms you should seek medical advice.
How do I ease my baby’s teething symptoms?
- Try putting your little one into a warm bath to help calm them down. After the bath give your baby a gently massage while rubbing baby oil on them.
- Extra cuddles, attention and distraction play may help.
- Keep teething toys in the fridge to help soothe gums. Make sure you follow the instructions regarding the duration to chill it for. You must not put teething toys in the freezer as it could damage you baby’s gums. You could also wet a clean washcloth for baby to bite on, keep it in the fridge and change daily.
- Run a clean finger very gently over sore gums, the gentle pressure might help soothe the pain.
- Try cold food purees and cold water as a drink, plus cold vegetable sticks, such as carrot, banana and cucumber – ensure you supervise your baby so they do not bite off chunks of food. Most teething rusks contain sugar which can cause decay to erupting teeth.
How can teething gels and alternative complementary medicines help?
There are a range of products available to help your baby when it’s teething. In terms of natural healthcare options Chamomilla is a homeopathic remedy that is traditionally used to help relieve the symptoms of teething.