Gnaw something: top tips for baby teething

July 18, 2012

Help! My baby is teething. Any great tips? She is chomping down on anything and everything she can grip her gums on; mainly my iPhone, the TV remote and her fingers, all through a pool of drool. Her sleep’s not been brilliant and she has emitted a constant low-to-medium level grizzle for the past couple of days. Please send wine, or cake, or both (for me, of course).

Top tips for baby teething - signs, symptoms and what really works

All this combined with passing under the ominous black thunder cloud on her current Wonder Week leap means she’s more than a little down in the mouth and far from her normal cheerful self today; my poor baby.

She has been having symptoms like this on and off for a while, so I’m hoping it’ll ease up again soon, especially as it would be a kick in the teeth to find out so soon about breastfeeding once they cut through the gums. But in the meantime I’d give my eye teeth for anything that would make her feel even a little bit better.

We have Calpol on standby, the magic granules – the packet promises that they will calm ‘both baby and mother’ which sounds good to me – as well as all her toys with mouth-friendly pieces and a freezable teether for her to get her non-exisitant gnashers into.

But does anyone have any good advice about anything else that can help? Or do we both just have to grit our teeth and hope we’ll come up smiling soon? And apologies for the puns, it’s been a long day…

12 Comments

  • Alice Thompson

    July 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Hi Gillian
    Really feel for both of you – these tips might help https://www.dropbox.com/s/5uwpxvagn8yf7rd/MumsMakeLists-TopTips-Teething.docx

    1. gillian

      July 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      These are brilliant, thank you so much! I would never have thought of some of them – like putting a muslin in the freezer – but so simple x.

  • Nick

    July 19, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Have you tried frozen carrot?

    1. gillian

      July 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      We will do – great idea 🙂

  • Gem

    July 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Liquid Anbesol is good as it numbs the gums nearly straight away. It’s not easy to find though, the smaller local chemists tend to have it rather than the chains. And have you tried an Ibuprofen based medicnie rather than calpol? As that is better for the gums. That and the things you mention are what we’re tried too. Hope it gets better soon.

    1. gillian

      July 20, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      I didn’t know that about Ibuprofen! I remember Ambesol from when I was younger too. Will head to the chemist to stock up. How are you getting on? x

  • Anna Mewes

    July 19, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Some mummy’s from NCT that I’ve met swear by amber teething necklaces as a natural way to relieve discomfort. I think you can buy them online – I’ve heard such good things that I’d say it’s definitely be worth a try!

  • gillian

    July 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I hadn’t thought of those! Definitely worth trying if some many people have recommended them. Poor teething babies, it must be so frustrating to be in pain yet not be able to say what’s wrong 🙁 x.

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