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Teething

Baby’s first teeth usually appear at around six months of age.

Some children have a tough time as the teeth break through the gums, it can be miserable and painful for them. Some babies do not seem troubled by this at all.

There is no set list of symptoms that means your baby is teething, but some parents say they notice their baby;

  • Dribbles a lot
  • Has red cheeks
  • Is miserable
  • Is difficult to settle
  • Wants to chew on everything
  • Is hot - with a slightly raised temperature (more than 37.2 but less than 38 degrees).

It is very important to be sure that your baby is not unwell with an illness that needs treating by a doctor.

If your child seems poorly keep a close eye on them – it may not be teething and it is important you seek medical advice if you are unsure.

    • Use teething rings or teething toys to chomp on.
    • You can chill teethers in the fridge but do not freeze as this may damage gums.
    • Gently massage their gums with a clean finger.
    • Offer cool water to drink.
    • Give baby paracetamol, if over 3 months, and they have a temperature or seem in a lot of pain. Refer to the product packaging for the correct dosage.
    • If they are older than six months and weaning, offer cool fruits and vegetables.
    • Dry any dribble to avoid sore skin and rashes.
    • Distract with toys and play.
    • Keep assessing how they are – if they seem to be more unwell seek medical advice.

    Most babies will need lots of cuddles and reassurance when they feel unwell. It can be a tough time for parents, so if you can, lean on friends and family for support. If you don’t have anyone around to give you a break, put your baby in a safe place like their cot and take a few minutes to yourself if needed. 

  • There is no evidence that teething gels and powders make a difference to teething pains. If you do decide to use them it is important you seek advice from your pharmacist for one that suits your baby’s age and size.

    Adult oral gels can be harmful to babies.

  • There is no proof that using amber jewellery helps reduce teething pains. These types of jewellery are a choking and/or strangulation risk to your baby, and should not be used.

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

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