If your poor baby is teething, you will likely notice that they are desperate to apply some pressure to sore points on their gums. A teether can help here and you’ll see that some, likes ours, have textured surfaces designed to massage those tiny tender gums.
Is the teether not working? Try rubbing those gums with a clean finger, a clean cold washcloth or even some teething biscuits.
Distracting your little one and giving them lots of extra attention can help a teething baby as it will take their mind off their mouth for a little while. Try reading them their favorite book, playing a well-loved game or simply taking them out for a walk or a drive in the car to help them think about something other than those troublesome gums.
OVER THE COUNTER
You’ll find many types of teething gel in the pharmacy to either apply directly to their gums or on a teether. For some babies, this can provide some short-term relief (it is usually washed away quickly by all that dribbling mind!). Just remember that these contain a local anaesthetic, so should only be used sparingly. Pain relief, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, are a last resort and it is recommended that you speak to your child’s doctor first.