Written by Sarah Cooke Founder of Halia Rose (www.haliarose.co.uk)
If your baby has started on solids, offer chilled fruit or hard vegetables such as a large piece of carrot or even a teething biscuit. These tend to get soft, mushy and messy after a while so make sure you keep an eye on your baby the whole time in case of choking.
There are many available on the market but make sure you choose something that is safe for your baby and can be kept clean (bacteria will make the inflammation in your baby’s gums worse). Silicone is ideal because it is heat-resistant, doesn’t support the growth of bacteria and is washable. Teething babies also love to feel pressure on their gums because it distracts their brain from the sensation of teething pain so a fun and engaging teether is ideal.
The Halia Rose Elephant Teethers are an ideal way of soothing sore gums which can also be chilled in the fridge to give even more relief by numbing the pain and reducing gum inflammation. Made of a single piece of soft, chewy silicone, their teethers have been specially designed to provide instant relief for teething tots. There are no catches or clasps to prevent bacterial growth and they are the perfect size for little hands to grab onto. The specially designed ridges are lovely for baby to chew on and add pressure to those sore gums. You can also pop it in warm soapy water or the dishwasher to make sure it’s nice and clean for every use. Made of BPA free, 100% non-toxic food-grade silicone you can be sure there are no nasties plus there is no liquid inside so you can be certain of no leaks as well.
Medicines and topical teething treatments
It is a personal preference as to whether you give your baby any medicine or teething gels to help ease the pain but there are several on the market which claim to help.
- Numbing gels or creams that you rub directly on to your baby's gums to relieve teething pain are available from pharmacies. However, it’s worth noting that even if you rub it directly on your baby's gums, it’s unlikely to stay where you put it due to saliva, plus there is a chance they might swallow some of it which can interfere with the gag reflex.
- Paracetamol-based medicines can be used for babies over two months; and for teething babies who are at least six months old, ibuprofen is another option for reducing inflammation in their gums. But remember that it may cause irritation to their tummy, which can cause further issues if your baby is already refusing to eat (which some teething babies do when a tooth is coming through).
Another option if you enjoy wearing jewellery is to pop on a Halia Rose necklace – made of BPA free 100% non-toxic silicone, babies love to chew on them but means you can wear stylish jewellery that is perfectly practical! You can also clean them in the dishwasher so are as good as new every time you wear them – perfect for you and safe for baby!
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