A baby’s first teeth develop while the baby is still in the womb and in most babies these ‘milk’ teeth start to emerge through the gums when they are around six months old.

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Some babies have no problems with teething but others suffer symptoms including sore, red gums where the teeth are cutting through and one cheek may become flushed. Teething infants dribble, gnaw and chew more than usual, or just become distressed more easily. Their sleeping and eating patterns can also be disturbed.

If your baby is suffering from symptoms of teething, the manufacturers of bonjela offer these tips to help you soothe their discomfort with useful advice and treatments that work. Here are our top tips for relieving infant teething pain…

Teething gel: Make sure you use a teething gel specifically designed for young children and not a general oral pain relief gel. Sugar free bonjela teething gel is suitable for infants from two months old and has a pleasant banana flavour. bonjela teething gel contains Lidocaine Hydrochloride, a mild anaesthetic which helps to numb any pain or discomfort caused by teething and Cetalkonium Chloride, an antiseptic which helps to fight infection if the skin is broken or sore.

Teething rings: Teething rings give your baby something to safely chew on, which may ease their discomfort and provide a distraction from any pain. Some teething rings can be cooled first in the fridge, which may help to soothe your baby's gums. A useful alternative to a teething ring is a cold, wet flannel.

Cool drinks: Cool, sugar-free drinks will help to soothe your baby's gums and may help if they are dribbling excessively. The best option is to give them cool water – just make sure it is not too cold.

Preventing teething rashes: If teething is making your baby dribble more than usual, make sure you frequently wipe their chin and the rest of their face. This will help to prevent them from developing a rash. You may also find it useful for your baby to sleep on an absorbent sheet.

Use these tips as a starting point to help relieve your baby’s pain. If you have concerns about your baby’s teething seek advice from your GP.

Other useful sources 

NHS Choices, ‘Teething symptoms and how babies' teeth emerge’

NHS Choices, ‘Tips for helping a teething baby’

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