Teething Problems: Signs, Symptoms And How To Help

teething baby Renzo is 11 months old, almost one. He has four teeth and two on the way and he started teething at around 7 months (it can start before, usually at around 6 months). I have to admit, one of the things I was dreading the most about having another baby was the teething and lack of sleep during the process.

Thankfully Renzo has coped really well with teething so far, I think we have had one completely sleepless night but apart from that we have just used a few remedies and simple tricks to help soothe his sore gums. Today I’m going to talk you through a few symptoms to look out for and how to help your little one during the horrible teething stage which unfortunately usually lasts until little one is around 2 or 3! Don’t worry, it definitely gets better as they get older.

 teethaSigns and Symptoms 

  • Grouchy, teary and tired
  • Red and sore gums
  • Red cheeks
  • Gnaw and chew things
  • Drool, lots of it!
  • Loss of appetite
  • Struggles to settle or go to sleep
  • Start grabbing their ears

We have pretty much experienced all of these symptoms. Renzo currently has two top teeth coming through and all week he has been gnawing on his fingers, drooling like a trooper and has sore, bumpy red cheeks. Now let me talk you through how I prepared for teething and what we like to do to soothe Renzo when he is going through this uncomfortable stage.

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How To Help & Be Prepared

  • Have a night-time routine in place I have found that by sticking to our usual nighttime routine has taken Renzos mind off of teething. Renzo looks forward to his bath and this usually gives him a moment to relax and forget about it all. I give him a baby massage before bed which helps to relax him and it really does help. You can watch our night time routine here. 
  • Talk to family members, friends and health visitors. If you are really worried or just need some more advice just ask. I’m sure there will be someone else out there that can help and offer some great advice.
  • Be prepared! Buy some teething rings and teething toys, I like the teething rings that you can pop in the fridge. These really help to soothe sore gums.
  • Teething granules. If your little one is over 3 months you can try Nelson’s Teetha Teething Granules. this is something a friend told me about when I mentioned Renzo was teething a little while back and it’s amazing. It’s easy to use and the granules act super quick, they lasts a few hours which is just bliss. I will always try Teetha before I offer Calpol or Nurofen now as I’ve found it to be so effective. Teetha uses the natural Chamomilla herb which has calming and soothing properties. It helps to calm your little one as well as take away some of the discomfort they feel during teething. Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules cost £5.85, available from Boots.
  • An old school trick, rub and massage babies gums. Very simple and easy to do, although beware when baby has a few teeth… ouch!
  • Have lot’s of bibs at the ready, as I mentioned baby will drool a lot so make sure you have many bibs to help protect babies skin and clothes.
  • Little ones often get rashes and sore patches so have a nice and simple skin care routine in place. This will help keep the skin soft and to soothe any rashes that appear.
  • Sometimes baby just wants to be comforted so lots of cuddles are a must. Renzo isn’t a very cuddly baby unless he is teething so I always make the most of these lovely cuddles.
  • Finally, be patient it won’t last forever.

teething tipsI’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these tricks and remedies, also if you do anything different that has helped your little one please let us know. It’s always great to hear how others cope with teething and it may be helpful to someone else reading this too!

We have quite a few teeth to go so wish us luck!

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