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Baby Teething Relief

Teething is the process by which an infant's first teeth (also referred to as "baby teeth" or "milk teeth") appear by emerging through the gums. Teething may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The first teeth typically appear between six and nine months.
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Baby Teething Info

Teething is the process by which an infant's first teeth (also referred to as "baby teeth" or "milk teeth") appear by emerging through the gums. Teething may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The first teeth usually appear between six and nine months. It can take several years for all 20 teeth to complete the tooth eruption; they typically arrive in pairs. Though the process of teething is sometimes referred to as "cutting teeth", when teeth emerge through the gums they do not cut through the flesh. Interestingly, certain chemical messengers are released within the body that cause some cells in the gums to die and separate, allowing the teeth to come through.

Teething may cause a slightly elevated temperature in the infant. Higher temperatures during teething are usually due to some form of infection, such as a herpes virus, initial infection of which is extremely widespread among children of teething age

Before treating a baby for teething, it is important to know what is causing the baby to be upset. Rubbing a finger gently along the gums in search for swollen ridges or the feel of a tooth below the gums is one way to be certain. If unsure, it is recommended that the child be seen by a pediatrician before treatment is administered.

A teething ring is generally a soft plastic device that can be chewed on and allows the baby to break down some of the gum tissue which promotes the growth of the teeth out of the gum. Some teething rings can easily be broken or damaged, so other types of teething devices can be made from household items. Placing a wet washcloth in the freezer for a few minutes and then applying it gently to the gums can be effective, but care must be taken not to expose a baby's gums to coldness for too long.

Infants chew on objects to aid in the teething process. This can be dangerous if the baby is allowed to chew on objects which are small enough to be swallowed or which could break while being chewed and cause choking. Teething rings and other toys, called teethers, are often designed with textures that will appeal to an infant during teething. Drawing water into a pacifier and freezing it as another way to offer a teething child relief. The cold pressure on the gums gives relief without making the child’s fingers cold.

Some infants gain relief from chewing on cold objects. Some children respond well to chilled foods. Suggestions for chilled foods that might appeal to a baby include applesauce, yogurt, and pureed fruits.

Dentists recommend brushing infants' teeth as soon as they appear. It is not advisable to wait for the teething process to be complete. Dentists may recommend against the use of fluoride toothpaste during teething.

Certain therapeutics are often applied to the babies' gums to relieve swelling and pain. These gels are similar to the toothache gel that is used by adults for sore gums and toothaches, but is administered in much smaller doses. Teething gels work as a numbing agent to dull the nerves in the gums so that the pain is less noticeable. It is important to follow the directions on the package to ensure that the correct amount of medication is administered and that proper techniques are used to reduce the risk for infection. It is important not to let the medicine numb the throat as it may interfere with the normal gag reflex and may make it possible for food to enter the lungs.

There are natural health remedies that may help alleviate the pain felt by the babies teething.

Product Reviews

  • Great product

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    I purchased this spray instead of teethmed and have found it very helpful.
    My daughter has just cut 3 teeth and I have used it over this time. It's been all I've had to use and I believe it really works to calm and reduce pain.

    Sarah

    29/11/16

  • Really seems to work!

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    We tried bonjela and other teething powders etc. but it was hard to know which part was hurting and if anything made a difference. Since very early days, this spray has really seemed a better option. My daughter opens her mouth happily to receive her spray. Using through the day during heavy teething (we are on nasty molars now) it even seems to build her comfort that we can usually do without nighttime pamol. I think she sleeps better too. Generally calming.

    Kelly

    2/08/16

  • Amazing stuff

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    I bought for infant teethibg as an alternative to gels. Trialed it on my own painful wisdom tooth and it seemed to help. Not sure how im meant to use 1/4 tablet for a baby though. The pill is diamond shaped with no score lines.

    Trish

    1/08/16

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  • Natural remedies to relieve Teething Pain

    Teething affects many babies at approximately 6 to 8 months of age. A variety of symptoms can accompany teething such as swollen red gums, this often indicates teething pain. Babies experiencing teething generally dribble more, […]

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