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Dealing with those pesky first teeth!

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I seem to produce quite early teethers. Both of my boys started teething around the age of five months and the first to appear for both of them were those bottom front ones. I remember Zach getting his top two quite soon after but so far, Oscar still only has his bottom ones (thank god, because the little blighter has just started biting when he's feeding so less is definitely better right now!).

They have however, both teethed very differently. I mean don't get me wrong, it's been four years since I went through it with Zach so I may have just blocked it out, but I just don't remember him suffering. I just remember feeling that little toothy peg poking through one day. I remember his red rosy cheeks and a lot of drool but I don't remember having to make a desperate rush to the pharmacy to pick up every teething remedy known to man like I have had to do with Oscar! My god, the screams, the snot, the dribble, the thrashing around in the middle of the night. And the chewing – all the chewing! He seems to suffer quite badly and we know when one is trying to break through. It seems to take a couple of days full of all of those symptoms until we feel that little ridge poking through and breathe a sigh of relief that it is finally there. Suddenly the symptoms stop and my happy boy is back again. 

But seriously, I really did make a dash to the pharmacy to stock up on everything I could find. I know different things work for different babies so I didn't want to be without anything! 

Recent research conducted by Nelsons Teetha reveals that over a third of parents (39%) find teething the most distressing ailment for babies, with common side effects including sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling. I know that for me, with Oscar, the relief for both he and I when put a remedy on his gums was instant. He would go from full on screaming to this sigh of relief and fall straight back to sleep again. It's awful seeing him in pain which is why we have a big celebration with lots of cheering when we realise that one has finally cut through!

Of course, once they actually start coming through, there is then the added worry of how to care for them! 

So how do you look after a new tooth whilst your baby is still teething? The makers of Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules have put together top tips for tooth care:

  • You can start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as they come through. Don't worry if you don't manage to brush much at first, the important thing is to get your baby used to brushing their teeth as part of their daily routine.
  • You can help by setting a good example and letting them see you brushing your own teeth. Not all children like having their teeth brushed, so you may have to keep trying. You could try and make it into a game. Perseverance is the key!
  • Use a tiny smear of toothpaste for babies and toddlers up to age three, and a pea-sized amount for children aged three to six years.
  • The easiest way to brush a baby's teeth is to sit them on your knee with their head resting against your chest. With an older child, stand behind them and tilt their head upwards.
  • Brush the teeth in small circles covering all the surfaces and let your child spit the toothpaste out afterwards. Rinsing with water has been found to reduce the benefit of fluoride.
  • Gradually start brushing your child's teeth more thoroughly, covering all the surfaces of the teeth. Do it at least twice a day: just before bed and at another time that fits in with your routine.
  • Supervise brushing to make sure your child gets the right amount of toothpaste and they are not eating or licking toothpaste from the tube.
  • Carry on helping your child brush their teeth until you're sure they can do it well enough themselves. This will normally be from the age of seven

Zach is now four and a half and we have been through the teeth brushing hell but have come out the other side where it is less of a chore! We use an electric toothbrush on him and he recently went to the dentist who said he had perfectly clean teeth ūüôā And now the job starts on Oscar, I know we have that hell to go through but I'll be as strict with him as I have been with Zach when it comes to cleaning his teeth!

We still have many, many more teeth to come through with Oscar and I know that there are going to be more tears, more sore gums, more screaming! Who else is going through similar?

To help relieve your baby’s teething symptoms you could try Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules, a homeopathic medicinal product used within the homeopathic tradition for the symptomatic relief of teething pain and the symptoms associated with teething which are sore and tender gums, flushed cheeks and dribbling.

Nelsons Teetha Teething Granules cost £5.85, available from Boots, Holland and Barrett, selected grocers, Lloyd’s pharmacies and all good independent health food and pharmacy stores. Always read the label. Suitable from 3 months plus. www.nelsonsbaby.com

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