The age of teething varies from child to child. In general, the first teeth begin to erupt when the baby is around six to nine months old. The full set of 20 deciduous teeth has usually erupted into the mouth by three years of age. The formation of the roots of teeth is a process that is not normally completed until three to five years after the eruption of the crown of the teeth. [The Pharmaceutical Journal, PJ, November 2015, Vol 295, No 7883;295(7883):DOI:10.1211/PJ.2015.20069598]
Here are our top 5 hacks on teething
Grab yourself a clean facecloth or flannel, submerge it in water or baby/breast milk and pop it in the freezer. Offer this to your baby next time teething rears its ugly head. The texture of the cloth will massage their gums whilst also cooling them down and giving your little one some much needed numbing relief.
The bristles really seemed to satisfy those sore itchy gums and it kept them occupied whilst also giving them some excellent tooth brushing practice! Sometimes the simple things work the best.
Another simple yet effective hack, once your baby is at least six months old, is to use some weaning foods to offer relief. Prepare cooked chunks of carrot, sweet potato and broccoli and sliced banana, peeled apple and pear. Chill them in the fridge until they’re really cool – then let them chew away! Most babies love this and think they are getting some kind of yummy, chilly treat whilst you’re secretly getting some good vitamins in there and soothing their gums; talk about a win-win situation!
Pour some breastmilk into an ice lolly tray and freeze. They’ll be able to hold the lolly and the coldness will soothe their little gums and there won’t be any harsh, tastes of unfamiliar flavours.
You can also try making these and giving them to your little one inside a baby mesh feeder; the texture of the mesh with the cool cube is also a really good one for their gums.