How do I know baby is teething?
During teething baby may dribble a lot and have red cheeks. If they are sensitive, they may start to cry and even eat and sleep less.
How can I help soothe baby?
There are a few solutions to help soothe baby:
- Give them a clean rubber toy to chew on or a teething ring (keep it in the fridge as the cold temperature will be even more effective)
- if necessary, apply a special gum balm
Which solutions should be avoided?
The internet is littered with advice which is not necessarily always correct… Here are a few examples that are not recommended:
- Hazel and amber necklaces which may be ingested
- Teething rusks which encourage tooth decay
- Raw vegetables which baby may swallow
How should I care for baby’s first teeth?
As soon as baby’s first tooth appears, you can clean it twice a day with a soft toothbrush and suitable toothpaste. It is also recommended that you gently brush baby’s gums.
How can I prevent tooth decay?
Tooth decay is never harmless, even if it does not cause any pain and is on a milk tooth. If you spot tooth decay, take baby to the dentist.
But before you get to this stage, here are a few rules to stick to that will help prevent tooth decay:
- Restrict the number of sweet drinks that baby has and do not leave them a bottle to suck on during the night.
- Do not put baby’s dummies or spoons into your own mouth before giving them to baby.
- Clean baby’s teeth twice a day.