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Teething trouble

Every baby goes through it

The time when babies get their first primary teeth (milk teeth) varies. A few are born with a tooth already, whilst others have no teeth at one year. Teeth generally start to show when a child is four to nine months old, although every baby develops at their own pace. This is known as ‘teething’. Some babies show few signs while others find it more uncomfortable. Some teeth grow with no pain or discomfort at all. At other times you may notice that the gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through, or that one cheek is flushed. Your baby may dribble, gnaw and chew a lot, or just be fretful.

Some people attribute a wide range of symptoms to teething, such as diarrhoea and fever. However, there is no research to prove that these other symptoms are linked. You know your baby best. If their behaviour seems unusual, or their symptoms are severe or causing you concern, talk to your Health Visitor. Source:

Think about your child’s tooth care routine. You can brush their teeth with a soft baby toothbrush and a smear of family toothpaste. Make sure you are registered with a Dentist and take your baby with you. Discuss registration of your child.

Pharmacist says

If your baby is uncomfortable, you may want to give them a medicine which has been made for children which you can buy from the Pharmacist. These medicines contain a small dose of painkiller, such as paracetamol, to help ease any discomfort. The medicine should also be sugar free. Make sure you read all instructions or ask your Pharmacist about how to use them.

For babies over four months old, you can try sugar-free teething gel rubbed on the gum.

Health Visitor says

It can help to give your baby something hard to chew on, such as a teething ring. Teething rings give your baby something to safely chew on, which may help to ease their discomfort or pain. Some teething rings can be cooled first in the fridge.
All sorts of things are put down to teething - rashes, crying, bad temper, runny noses, extra dirty nappies - but be careful not to explain away what might be the signs of illness by saying it’s ‘just teething’.

Source: DoH Birth to five edition 2009.


My baby has red cheeks and seems a bit frustrated and grumpy.


Have you asked your Health Visitor about teething? Have you discussed options with your Pharmacist?


Try some of the gels or baby paracetamol available. If you are worried and things do not feel right contact your Health Visitor or GP.

Source: DoH Birth to five edition 2009.