Teething is a pretty long drawn out process from the first tooth appearing around 6 months of age to the last at around 3 years. At any time in between (or even outside) of this time frame, your child could experience teething pain.17
If your child is teething you may notice some behaviour changes as well as pain in the mouth.
Signs and Symptoms
Some of the signs that your baby is teething can include:
- Increased dribbling
- Crying or irritability
- Sucking, chewing on objects more than previously
- Rosy, flushed cheeks
- Tender, swollen gums
- Disrupted sleep
- Pulling their ears
- More frequent bad nappies that leave a sore, red bottom or rash
Teething does not normally come with a fever. If you child is unwell, or experiencing fever and/or diarrhoea, see a doctor immediately.
Managing The Pain and Discomfort of Teething
Soothing sore gums is something that can help ease the distress for your child.
- Rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean finger
- A cold washcloth, teething ring or baby spoon to chew on
- Cold finger food if your child is on solids
- Sugar free teething rusk
- Anything cool to bite on that is safe
Children’s Advil Pain & Fever Relief can also help relieve your child’s teething pain.
- Baby Centre, developmental milestones: teething.2012 [Accessed 25 November 2015] http://www.babycenter.com.au/a6574/developmental-milestones-teething