*This post is in collaboration with Nelsons® Teetha®
As a first time parent, I was excited for all the little milestones that you encounter and experience with your new baby. I was looking forward to all the first smiles, I didn’t mind the night feeds and I didn’t even mind changing dirty nappies but what I wasn’t looking forward to was battling through the teething stage.
Looking after and trying to settle a teething baby is hard work. They can be grumpy, hard to settle and tired so it’s no wonder that in a recent survey by Nelsons® Teetha® over a third of parents (39%) also find teething the most distressing ailment.
I remember when Olly was five months old, he began to display all the signs of teething; he had red rosy cheeks, a ridiculous amount of dribble and would always try and put something in his mouth to gnaw on.
Olly’s first tooth popped through his gum just before he turned six months old. We were in Windsor for the weekend for my friends wedding and on the morning of the wedding, he smiled and we saw his first tooth. It was a really special moment and a bit of a relief after weeks of him being so grumpy and upset.
Luckily, we had packed our little bag of medicinals for ‘just in case’ and gave him a sachet of Nelsons® Teetha® Teething Granules to help ease the pain.
Top tips for tooth care
The makers of Nelsons® Teetha® Teething Granules have put together their top tips for tooth care as when new teeth arrive it’s important to care for them from the very beginning:
- 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
Nelsons® Teetha® teething granules are 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.
They have been an essential bathroom cupboard necessity for us over the last three years and just recently, Olly told me his gums were hurting him (his back teeth were only partially erupted), so we popped a sachet of the granules in his mouth and he went to bed without any more complaints. We hope we’re on the home run with Olly’s teething now but will always rely on Nelsons® Teetha® to keep the pain at bay.