A baby’s first tooth usually erupts at about six months of age; however, this can occur as early as birth or as late as your child’s first birthday with most children having a full set of teeth by their 2nd or 3rd birthday.
Many babies experience some discomfort during teething. Most babies are irritable when new teeth break through their gums.
Signs and symptoms of teething can include:
- Frequent crying and crankiness
- A mild fever
- Reddened cheeks and drooling
- Loss of or reduced appetite
- Mild diarrhoea
- Sucking or gnawing on toys
- Pulling the ear on the same side as the erupting tooth
To help your child feel better
The pressure on the gums of chewing something can sometimes provide temporary relief from the pain of teething, you could try;
- Refrigerating a teething ring (follow the manufacturer’s instructions)
- Try rubbing your child’s gums gently with a clean finger
- Ice-blocks or a pacifier may also help
- Paracetamol such as Dymadon for babies can help to temporarily relieve pain or fever associated with teething
Ask for Dymadon paracetamol by name at your pharmacy.