Now, I am in no way a medical professional or experienced but this is just what has really helped me. So don’t take this as gospel but a post like this would really help me so I hope it helps any of you new mums out there. Lily started getting her teeth in from about 10 weeks. It was a lot earlier than I expected, I know some babies can be born with teeth but I really thought it would be in a few more months. Lily has had a lot of trouble with her teeth coming through, she really whinges about it and just seems uncomfortable sometimes. Below are a few things that have helped me so far.
//01 Dummies & Fingers
As she is so young, she can’t hold teething toys. I tried holding them for her in her mouth but she just licked them and didn’t really get the point of it. I would try them first if you have them. As that didn’t help, I rubbed her dummy around her gums and then she will eventually just suckle on it and calm down. She also loves to hold hands, but this seems to be her holding my finger and bringing it into her mouth to chew or suckle on. If you run your finger under a cold tap til it’s cold and then do it, it really helps.
//02 Teething Gel
There are so many out there so have a look and see what you fancy. Obviously if you have any concerns consult a doctor or pharmacist. I opted for Dentinox*. It has really worked wonders and does help her calm down a bit if she’s gets upset and start crying about her teeth playing her up.
This is enjoyable and obvious one. Give your baby all the cuddles they need. If Lily is having a particularly bad day, she gets very clingy and we just sit and cuddle most of the day. Have feeds, watch some baby sensory and just chill. She’s a very content baby that sleeps a lot so she will happily cuddle and just fall asleep for a while, which I love and a lot of people have said enjoy it while you can. So I will do just that.
When all else fails, I have given her Calpol (paracetamol)*. This always helps her calm down after 15-20 minutes. I don’t give it her all the time only if its really needed. But again, any concerns, consult a doctor or pharmacist. I am just giving my experience and story.
I hope this helps, teething is never easy from what I have seen from friends babies and now myself with Lily. If you have any tips, let me know in the comments below.
*Disclaimer: All medications are given to your child at your own risk. I am not in the medical profession, so if you have any queries about teething or medication, please ask the appropriate healthcare provider.