The Six Signs of Teething and How to Help Your Baby My Baba 21 July, 2015 Baby, Parenting Teething can be a tiresome time for both you and baby. We asked the experts from Camilia Teething to give us the low-down on how to recognise the signs, and what you can do to help. Dr Philip Wander, specialist dentist, advises; “Around 700,000 babies start teething each year in the UK and in many cases new parents can get confused by, or miss, some of the early signs of this natural developmental stage. With approximately two thirds of children suffering from problems associated with teething, it’s important that parents learn to spot these symptoms early, to help avoid any unnecessary discomfort or pain for their child and parental distress.” Recognising the Signs of Teething While most babies begin teething around six months, the first tooth can appear anytime between three and 14 months. Teeth usually come in pairs, starting with the bottom front two and followed by the top front two. Most babies experience increased drooling and crankiness at the onset of teething, but symptoms can vary by baby. The six possible signs are: 1) The need to gnaw – The pressure of an emerging tooth beneath the gums may be relieved by counter pressure, so teething babies often want to chomp on things. The chewing instinct may also be a response to the odd sensation that something’s going on in there 2) Puffy gums – Before a new tooth erupts, it can cause a red, swollen, bruised-looking area on a baby’s gums. Sometimes the gum bulges with the emerging tooth, which you can see faintly beneath the skin. 3) Excessive drooling – Increased spittle can herald a new tooth – but it’s also a normal developmental stage of infancy, so don’t assume that drooling means teething. There’s no way to tell whether baby’s saliva is the result of teething or not, though it may be if you also see…. 4) Fussiness, especially at night – Tooth eruption (when the tooth moves through the bone and gum) tends to come in stages, with more activity at night than during the day, so baby may be more irritable in the evening 5) Ear pulling – While it can also be a sign of ear infection, tugging can be a symptom of teething – the pain from the jaw gets transferred to the ear canal 6) A change in eating habits – Babies who are eating solids may want to nurse or bottle-feed more because a spoon irritates their inflamed gums. Others may do the opposite, eating more than usual because the counter pressure feels good. And babies who are on the bottle or breast may begin feeding eagerly or pull back because the activity of sucking puts uncomfortable pressure on the gums and ear canals. When will my baby start teething? The first tooth usually cuts through the gums at around six months. However the timing of teething can be very different from one baby to another. No need to worry if the first tooth is on its way earlier or later. However, if you do have any concerns, speak to a qualified professional to put your mind at rest. How will I know if my baby is teething? Before the first tooth appears, your baby will want to chew more than usual: his thumb, his fist, his toys… almost anything that he can get into his mouth. That’s one of the obvious teething signs to watch out for, but you may also notice painful and swollen gums, red cheeks, nappy rash, dribbling and grumpiness too – and this could be days before the tooth makes an appearance. My baby is teething, how can I help them through it? If your child has started to show the signs of teething, such as painful and swollen gums, red cheeks and excessive dribbling; giving them a chilled – but not frozen – teething ring to bite on might relieve the pain. Look at other ways too. British parents are discovering Camilia® Oral Solution, a homeopathic product which helps teething babies with discomfort. It’s made by Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicine. Did you know: 1 in 5 parents don’t realise their baby is teething until they see the tooth.* Camilia® Oral Solution is the natural way to help teething babies and toddlers avoid discomfort and pain of tooth eruption and other associated minor symptoms such as irritability, swollen gums, and minor digestive disorders. Camilia® is free from sugar, lactose and preservatives – it is also practical, hygienic and easy to use thanks to its unique** application method: a sterile sealed single use dosing pipette. For more information visit camiliateething.co.uk or ask your pharmacist, Camilia® is available in large Boots stores, independent pharmacies and online at www.boots.com. For more tips, information and teething advice visit Camilia Teething or ask your pharmacist, Camilia® is available in large Boots stores, independent pharmacies and online at Boots. Footnotes: * Independent omnibus survey conducted for Camilia Oral Solution by CensusWide of 1,006 new parents (with children under 30 months) September 2014 ** The single dose applicator is unique within all current teething products sold in the UK (estimated March 2015).