Teething: 7 ways you can help your child

Our tips for unhappy teethers (image © Mumfidential)

Teething is grim – no two ways about it. Often, it’s a case of just gritting your teeth (sorry) and waiting for the little buggers to appear. Nevertheless, there are a few things that help, from the seemingly hokey to the chemical. Here’s what we found effective

  1. A wet, frozen flannel for your wee one to chew on. Basic, cheap and effective – just wet the flannel, stick it in a plastic bag and bung it in the freezer drawer. Tie a knot in one end to maximize the chewing pleasure. Keep a bagful ready to whip out whenever the red cheeks appear.
  1. Millions of mothers swear by teething granules, a homeopathic remedy containing Chamomilla that soothes and calms. Try Nelsons Teetha, or Ashton & Parsons (Boots’ own if you’re feeling tight). Good luck getting the granules onto the gums first time. If you manage it though, your baby will be hooked.
  1. Here’s an even more natural approach: rub any of the following on your baby’s gums to soothe the nerve endings: root ginger, ground cloves, allspice mixed with water to form into a paste, clove oil, or natural vanilla or almond extracts (we think the last two sound nicest). Dilute any herb oils with a bit of olive oil and test them on your own gums first.
  1. Despite their hokey/surfey/new age appearance, amber teething necklaces are strangely effective. At least, when I bought one for my six-month-old, he stopped waking up in the night. Coincidence? Who cares. And they only cost a tenner on Amazon. Worth a try.
  1. Not strictly a remedy, but if your baby is refusing to eat (quite common with teething), they might accept yoghurt (or failing that Little Yeo fromage frais), fruit puree or ready-made pouches of food e.g. Ella’s Kitchen. Calories down the hatch = a less fractious being.
  1. As well as being excellent for your own mouth ulcers, Anbesol is great for teething infants. Rub it on their gums and it numbs them dead.
  1. If all else fails, as with everything, Calpol and Nurofen are your friends. Get a spoonful down them before bed and you’ll get at least a few hours of uninterrupted sleep – possibly a whole night. Good luck.
    Courtesy of Precious Little One http://preciouslittleone.com
    Courtesy of Precious Little One



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