Baby teething chewing teether

Anyone with a baby knows how awful the teething process can be for your little one. My son’s teeth started coming through at around 6 months to which I (stupidly) thought ‘great, he’s going to have a full set in no time!’. Sadly, this is not the case. He is now 14 months and only has 7 teeth. This means that almost every day the poor little boy is in pain and this will continue until he gets his full set at around 3 years old.

When you first spy a bit of a tooth, whether the lump in the gum or it’s finally cutting through, you might think this is when it is most painful for your little one but it’s actually way before that. This is because all the hidden teeth shift around in the gums to get into the right position before they appear. So how do you know when this is happening? Sloppy poo, runny nose, excessive dribbling, red cheeks and putting anything and everything in their mouth. While crying.

In terms of the order in which teeth come through, it supposed to be a fairly logical process. They come through in pairs; first the top and bottom two, then the two either side of those and so on. However, my son is a little top heavy and seems to have pain where his back teeth should be but they aren’t due for another year. So who knows which will come through and when, every child is different.

So how can you soothe your child during approximately 1095 days of teething pain? I can’t give you a definitive answer but this is what I’ve tried:

  1. Cuddling him – generally doesn’t work, he wails and wriggles to get out of my grasp.
  2. Not cuddling him – he sits on the floor wailing with big doe-eyes that say ‘why aren’t you cuddling me you monster’.
  3. Comfort toy/blanket – my son has adopted his muslin as his comfort blanket and sometimes putting the corner of it in his mouth does the trick.
  4. Distraction – this works a lot of the time. Toys, TV, food, milk, the dog – whatever is to hand.
  5. Milk – Sometimes warm, sometimes cold. Sometimes doesn’t work at all and he looks at me in disgust for offering such a thing.
  6. Food – hard foods, such as these baby biscuits designed for teething, that can be easily gnawed can help. Other times, he rubs the food all over his face and it ends up in his eyes making him more upset.
  7. Teethers – I have spent an awful lot of money on teethers as my son seems to be ever so particular. He now opts for a set that look like jelly keys, and often my fingers.
  8. Teething gel – I’ve still not mastered the art of applying teething gel. When I try, my son sucks it from my fingers before chomping down on them. However, my pain aside, this process does seem to comfort him somewhat.
  9. Nelson’s teething granules – these are great for the less painful days when numbers 1-8 haven’t worked.
  10. Nurofen for Children* – last resort. This is for when the teething pain is so bad he can’t eat or sleep and I have literally tried everything! (*Only suitable from 3 months+. always read the label and ensure you administer the correct dose for your child. If you are unsure, speak to your Doctor or Health Visitor.)

So there you have it, my very unofficial advice on teething and what you can do to help. If you have any tips or advice, please post your comment below!