A baby’s first tooth will probably appear somewhere between six and seven months, although teething can start as early as three months. The first tooth will be a lower incisor (front tooth) and it is usually closely followed by its next-door neighbour. A teething baby may cry for no obvious reason and may also drool excessively or spend a lot of time chewing on toys and fingers. Teething babies are also more likely than other babies to rub their ears, lose their appetite for solid foods, develop a minor rash on the face, have a slight fever or have trouble sleeping.
- Parents are advised that the most effective way to treat teething pain is to use a combination of a topical relief and an oral painkiller eg: Bonjela with Calpol or Nurofen. Teetha granules can also be used in conjunction with Bonjela and Calpol.
- Suppositories (Paralink or Nurofen) may be used, where appropriate, as an alternative when the baby is unwilling or unable to take medicines by mouth.
- A water filled teething ring is often helpful. This should be kept in the fridge to provide cool relief for the teething baby. Alternatively, you can use a cold damp cloth to rub and pat the face and aching gums. A cool drink can also help relieve pain and aid with excessive dribbling.
- A barrier cream on the baby’s chin can assist as they tend to dribble a lot during teething.
- If your child experiences any other symptoms such as rash or diarrhoea, please contact your pharmacist.