Teething and Tips

About Teething

Teething is associated with increased drooling and dribbling, and also with increased skin sensitivity and rashes. Extra saliva is produced during teething and the extra moistness of dribble on the skin can lead to rashes on the face, neck and chest. Regular drying of dribble is recommended, and sometimes a barrier cream such as nappy cream, zinc based creams etc, is used to prevent teething related rashes.  Wet clothes and bibs must be replaced frequently, but this can be upsetting for an irritable baby. Nappy rash is also related to the extra production of saliva.  The saliva increases the amount of ammonia in the urine which can burn the skin in the nappy area. Teething can be very difficult for babies, and even worse for parents  whose primary concern is for the well being of their  child.

Here are some handy tips for cooling babies gums

The humble washcloth

Cold washcloths work really well because, they are easy to chew on. You can put some crushed ice cubes inside the washcloth, tie it up, and let baby chew until all the ice chips have melted. Alternatively, you can soak the cloth in some brewed chamomile tea and keep it cold in the fridge

Cold Teething Rings

Cold teething rings are very effective. Try one with a solid plastic handle that won’t get cold so babies little fingers don’t get chilly.

Pacifiers on ice

This is a neat solution for younger babies. Submerge the pacifier in sterilised cool water. Squeeze the nipple to suck up as much water as possible. Then we put it in the freezer until it's solid. When it's cold you can place it in babies mouth, and they can suck and soothe themselves. 

Frozen food as a chew-toy

Frozen bagels can also work effectively as a chew alternative for a teething baby.


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