Teething guide

When you find out you’re going to have a baby you make lists of all the things you are going to need, pram, bottles, nappies, cot, babygrows etc etc. However we rarely think about those white daggers from hell that will turn our little angels into grumpy angels....teeth! We have put together a helpful guide for you so you can know what to expect and when (with a shameless plug or two of our great teething products)

Do babies get a rash when teething?

Yes, every baby is different but a rash on the chin or neck is very common. Teething babies produce a lot more saliva (drool), which will run out of the mouth. The constant moisture on baby's delicate skin can irritate and a rash will form. Try a barrier cream that is suitable for this type of rash, absorbent bibs will also help soak up the excess dribble. Our Gummee Gloves have also been designed with this in mind, we have kept the teethers from covering the surface of the glove so that the exposed cotton material can soak up the drool and reduce irritation.

However, please consult your GP if you feel the rash may be more than teething related, especially if the skin is broken, red, cracked or weeping.

Is my 3 month old teething?

Most probably! Some babies can be born with a tooth and others may not get their first tooth until they are around a year old!

The first tooth (bottom front incisors) usually break through the gum at around 6 months old but they will show signs of teething way before this. Look out for rosy cheeks, excessive drooling, ear rubbing/pulling, fussiness, swollen gums, a rash on the chin and of course, hand chewing! (Did we mention our Gummee Gloves?) 

Your baby may not get all of these symptoms of teething but they're a good indicator teething has started. Some babies also suffer from a raised temperature and diarrhoea. In our experience with our own children, they go hand in hand but that's just from one parent to another,  there is no medical evidence to support this. 

What order do teeth appear?

*This is just a general guide to ages as all babies can be different.

Bottom front teeth (incisors) – these are usually the first to come through at around 5 to 7 months
Top front teeth (incisors) – around 6 to 8 months
Either side of the top front teeth (lateral incisors)– around 9 to 11 months
Either side of the bottom front teeth (bottom lateral incisors) –  around 10 to 12 months
Back teeth (first set of molars) –  around 12 to 16 months
Towards the back of the mouth (canines) – around 16 to 20 months
Last back teeth (second molars) – around 20 to 30 months

    How long are babies fussy when teething?

    Unfortunately, there is no quick solution to this question. 

    Some babies breeze through teething with little to no symptoms, while others suffer badly. There is a sharp object in their mouth that is slowly making its way to the surface of their gum and until it breaks through they may be cranky and not know what to do with themselves. Please see the next question for tips to soothe them.

    How can I soothe my teething baby?

    Teething rings - teething rings are great for offering baby a tool to ease the pain themselves. Everything will be going into their mouth to try and ease the irritation. If they are constantly chewing on their hands but are too young to hold a toy adequately themselves then our Gummee Gloves would be perfect 

    If they are at an age where their motor skills are allowing them to hold toys adequately then our Gummee Hearts and link n teethe sets will suit them.

    Teething gel - teething gels are widely available from pharmacies and supermarkets and are suitable from 4 months. Most teething gels contain a mild anaesthetic which will help with pain and discomfort. Some will also have antiseptic ingredients in them to help prevent infection from sore or broken skin on the gums.

    Try using our Gummee products as teething gel applicators to make your job a little easier

    Cool relief - A cooling sensation can be a welcome relief for baby's irritated gums. Try a cold washcloth or place a teething ring in the fridge. Never place anything in the freezer that will come in contact with baby's mouth, this could stick to their gums and hurt them when pulled.

    Something to nibble - If baby is over 6 months you could try giving a carrot stick or bread stick. Make sure to never leave your child unattended when they are eating (we know you wouldn't but we have to say it)

    Baby paracetamol - If the pain seems to be bothering them then a small dose of paracetamol or ibuprofen specifically designed for babies will help. Always follow the guidelines on the bottle

    Does teething cause a temperature or diarrhoea?

    Apparently not! There is no medical evidence to suggest that this is a symptom or linked to teething. However, there does seem to be a lot of parents, ourselves included, that have noticed this happens when a baby is teething. So I guess you'll just have to make up your own mind on this one.

    A slightly elevated temperature may be noticed but it should never cause a high temperature. If your baby is suffering from a high temperature then seek medical advice

    Why do babies get rosy cheeks when teething?

    Babies cheeks get red or rosy due to the tooth pushing against the gumline. This causes the gum to get irritated and this, in turn, makes the cheeks inflamed and feel hot

    Are my baby's gums infected?

    It is very common for babies to have slightly swollen gums during teething. Normal swelling should be more prominent where the new tooth is about to come in. Feel the gum over the area to see if you can feel a tooth below the surface, looking at our guide to the order of teeth eruption could help you with this. 

    If you notice any cysts or blisters or the tongue and throat seem to be swollen then it is likely something other than teething is causing the swelling, such as a virus. Always consult your doctor if you are unsure.

    When should I take my baby to the dentist?

    Many dentists won't want to see your baby until they are around the 2 year mark. This sounds a long time but it's easier for the dentist to see your baby when most or all of their milk teeth have come through. They will also be at an age where they are more likely to cooperate with the dentist.

    Bear in mind that dentists may have a waiting list so there is no harm in registering your baby at a dentist when the first teeth come in.

    Is my toddler teething?

    Uh-oh, sounds like you're gearing up for round two of teething. 
    Unfortunately, the molars are said to be the most painful teeth to come through! If your baby was troubled by the smaller teeth coming through then imagine how the big square ones are going to feel.
    Have they gone off their food? This could be the reason why. Some toddlers want to avoid the pain that harder food gives them and others want to relieve the pain by chewing. You can follow all of the same advice for soothing your teething baby that we have mentioned above but we also have the Molar Mallet. This teething toy is specifically designed for toddler teething and will reach the back of their mouth to give them some relief

    We hope you have found the answer to any teething question you may have but if not please feel free to contact us at info@gummee.life or by any of our social media @Gummeeuk. We'll do our best to help and we wish you a happy teething journey