I remember facing “teething” for the first time with fear and dread! I’d heard tales of sleepless nights and unbearable pain. In fact a recent survey by Nelsons® Teetha® revealed that 39% of parents find teething to be the most distressing ailment. Each of my three children have had different teething experiences but I must admit that, for the most part, none of them have really suffered to the extent I had expected.
Ben, was a right dribbler and used to get ever such rosy cheeks. He would get a bit grumpy at times and we always had Nelsons® Teetha® to hand as it would sort him right out – I would have sworn it had magical properties. It was Aunty Custard who spotted his first tooth, we were out shopping for an outfit for my 30th birthday and she was keeping him entertained in the changing rooms while I was trying a dress on. I almost cried when she saw it – not because she’d seen it first, but because it was just another step on the path of growing up! Ben used to spit his teeth out in clusters and cut the first four in the space of ten days!
Chloe never really dribbled and I don’t really remember her having rosy cheeks either! She was a bit of a stealth teether, they just seemed to come from nowhere!
Amy, has probably suffered the most. Whilst she hasn’t really been much of a dribbler and there were no rosy cheeks, her teeth have appeared to arrive along with a torrent of projectile vomit! She just seems to get really mucousy and sick when she’s teething – even now at 2.5yo when she’s cutting those last back molars. That said, I still don’t think she’s ever been in terrible amounts of pain with them, just discomfort. Again we treated her with regular doses of paracetamol and Nelsons® Teetha®.
Of course once those teeth do start to make their way out of the gums, the next worry is how to look after them! I will never forget a little boy I taught in Nursery many years ago who, at just three years old, had a beautiful smiling face full of rotten black stumps. I wanted to cry for him.
The makers of Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules have put together some 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 doubt about it, teething can be a tough time for both babies and their parents. In my experience the most intense period of teething is from around 6 to 18 months though of course this is not set in stone and your baby’s first tooth could arrive at any time. By the time your little one is 2.5yo like our Amy, they should have a full set of milk teeth.
If your baby is suffering with symptoms of teething such sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling, it’s well worth trying out Nelsons Teetha Teething Granlues. I swore by them and I think I still have some in my bag even now!