When baby’s first tooth starts popping through it can be a tough time for both mum and baby alike, a Nelsons® Teetha® survey has revealed over a third of parents (39%) surveyed find it the most distressing ailment. For baby it can mean sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling, while for parents it often means sleepless nights.
When the first tooth does eventually cut through the gum there will also be the added worry of how to care for the new tooth! So how do you look after a new tooth whilst your baby is still teething? The makers of Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules have put together top tips for tooth care:
- You can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to brush much at first, the important thing is to get your baby used to brushing their teeth as part of their daily routine.
- You can help by setting a good example and letting them see you brushing your own teeth. Not all children like having their teeth brushed, so you may have to keep trying. You could try and make it into a game. Perseverance is the key!
- Use a tiny smear of toothpaste for babies and toddlers up to age three, and a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six years.
- The easiest way to brush a baby’s teeth is to sit them on your knee with their head resting against your chest. With an older child, stand behind them and tilt their head upwards.
- Brush the teeth in small circles covering all the surfaces and let your child spit the toothpaste out afterwards. Rinsing with water has been found to reduce the benefit of fluoride.
- Gradually start brushing your child’s teeth more thoroughly, covering all the surfaces of the teeth. Do it at least twice a day: just before bed and at another time that fits in with your routine.
- Supervise brushing to make sure your child gets the right amount of toothpaste and they are not eating or licking toothpaste from the tube.
- Carry on helping your child brush their teeth until you’re sure they can do it well enough themselves. This will normally be from the age of seven
There’s no set date when your baby’s first tooth will arrive. Most babies start at around six months, but it can happen at any time, from before birth to after their first birthday. The teething process could carry on for a year or more but your little one should have all their milk teeth by the time they are two-and-a-half years old. To help relieve your baby’s teething symptoms you could try Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, a homeopathic medicinal product used within the homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething which are sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling.
*If you are concerned about any symptoms that your baby may have in particular if they have a fever please consult your doctor.
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