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Infant teething can be a rough time for infants, parents, carers and siblings. Some children breeze through the teething stage while others find it a painful process. We take a look at the symptoms of teething, how to ease teething pain and what products are on the market to help ease the teething process.
Infant teething can be a rough time for infants, parents, carers and siblings.

Some children breeze through the teething stage while others find it a painful process.

We take a look at the symptoms of teething, how to ease teething pain and what products are on the market to help ease the teething process.
 

Symptoms of teething

Here are some things you can look out for if you think your little one is teething.

Teething infants may have one or several of the symptoms, including:
 
  • Crying, restless, irritable and grizzly
 
  • Trouble sleeping or waking frequently
 
  • Fussy and clingy
 
  • One or both cheeks may be flushed red
 
  • Temperature may be slightly raised (37.2 - 37.9C)
 
  • Dribbling or drooling from more saliva being generated
 
  • Chewing on everything
 
  • Lack of appetite
 
  • Stools softer than usual (not diarrhoea)
 
  • Nappy rash
 
  • Swollen and tender gums as the teeth are cutting through
 
  • Facial rash from the dribbling.

If you are unsure about whether your child is ill or teething, visit your GP or for emergencies dial 111.
 

How to ease teething pain

Help ease the pain of teething with some of these ideas:
 
  • Offer your little one plenty of water or breastmilk to replace the fluids lost through dribble.
 
  • Distract them with plenty of hugs, talking, singing, toys and books.
 
  • Offer them food wrapped in muslin gauze (to prevent choking). Chilled bananas, watermelon and peeled apple are ideal.
 
  • Apply a barrier cream to the areas affected by dribbling, such as their chin and neck.
 
  • Offer them a chilled teething ring to chew on.


Teething products

There are a range of products on the market to help ease the teething process, including:
   
  • Teething rings (which can be chilled)
 
  • Medicated gels to rub on the gums
 
  • Teething powder

All children are different, so a product that might work for one child, may not work for your next. It's worth trying them all to see what works best for your little one.

Source: Article written by Baltic Amber Beads.

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