Teething varies between each baby however, teeth can appear anytime between 3 months to 10 months.
More commonly they present around 6 to 8 months.

Signs that you baby maybe teething are;
  • Mild fever
  • Constantly chewing on hands and toys
  • Dribbling
  • Tears
  • unsettled
  • Nappy rash
  • Inflamed gums
  • Flushed cheeks

To relieve the pain
  • Give painkillers such as paracetamol or Neurofen
  • Massage the gums with a clean finger
  • Use an anaesthetic dental gel

Feeding-bottle tooth decay

Babies can have tooth decay. Dental plaque is an invisible film which develops permanently on the teeth.
Bacteria can proliferate on this dental plaque and break up sugars coming from food into acids which then gradually corrode the tooth and cause decay.
In order to prevent tooth decay, sugary drinks must be avoided.
  • Give sugar free drinks
  • If giving fruit jucie - give it diluted and do not let your baby fall asleep with the feeding-bottle in its mouth therefore avoiding prolonged contact of sugar with its teeth.
  • Do not soak the dummy in honey or syrup.
  • Do not leave the milk-bottle's teat in the baby's mouth for a long time after having their feed as milk also contains sugar.
  • Avoid giving rusks and biscuits as these contain sugar.


Latest update on June 27, 2010 at 04:57 AM by Janey39.

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