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 and are often irritable when new teeth break through their gums.
Some common signs of a teething baby can include:
However, it’s important to remember teething should not cause severe illness. If your child has a fever or diarrhoea, see your doctor.
Red, blotchy or chapped skin around your baby’s mouth is just one of the many signs a tooth may be making an appearance.1,2a
This teething rash is a common problem that can come and go as your baby’s teeth start to appear – and is usually more frequent in the few days just before and just after this happens.1
Why do babies get teething rash? The answer is saliva and dribbling! Teething can cause extra saliva and dribble soaked skin can become irritated and uncomfortable.2b,3
A teething rash can occur anywhere where your baby’s dribble stays in contact with their skin, including:2c
You can help prevent teething rash by trying to keep your baby’s skin clean and dry, for example by:
The pressure on the gums from chewing something can sometimes provide temporary relief from the pain of teething, you could try:
Paracetamol – such as Dymadon for babies – can help to temporarily relieve pain or fever associated with teething. Always read the label to ensure you give your child the right dose.
Ask for Dymadon paracetamol at your pharmacy.
ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE. INCORRECT USE COULD BE HARMFUL. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, TALK TO YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.