Teething

Teething is a problem that occurs in young babies, normally from about 3 months onwards. The newly erupting teeth will undoubtedly cause pain and discomfort as they break through the surface of the gums.

Sometimes associated with teething can be a facial rash or redness, excess production of saliva, change in motions/ urine as seen in their nappies, rise in temperature and earache. The baby will often be seen to be attempting to put their whole fist in their mouth and rub their gums to distract from the pain.

It may be helpful to give a combination of things, for your baby to chew on. Very hard biscuits, preferably the type that do not break easily (care must be taken that the baby is observed whilst eating them and that they do not choke) are quite useful. Another useful aid is a small plastic bracelet, which is fluid filled and can be frozen or placed in the fridge.

Many babies like to 'chew' on this cold object and one must assume it gives relief. Most good chemists have a range of things designed to help with this problem. In some instances if the child is unwell and running a temperature it is necessary to give a mild painkiller such as Calpol.

It is advisable that you consult your health visitor, pharmacist or family doctor to check first that there is no reason why you should not give it to your baby, as Calpol contains Paracetamol, and if used, you must follow the directions and not give in excess.

Calpol for example must not be given at the same time as any cough or cold preparation as they both may contain paracetamol. It is important to check with your pharmacist if you are unsure.

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