By the time your child is around 2 and a half they should have all their milk teeth but there is no set date for this to happen. Unfortunately they don’t all just pop out in one go and there isn’t even a rough period of when they’ll get their very first tooth. Teething can be stressful right from the word go. Broken sleep, an upset tummy, rosy cheeks and irritability all get the “teething” label and surviving the whole ordeal for everyone can be a touch and go subject.
I think I was quite lucky with P1. Her teeth seemed to appear quite quickly and one after the other. The dribble would pour out of her mouth and she’d get a little irritable. However, P2 and P3 seem to have suffered the most with teething. They’ve experienced it all from the upset tummy to the rosy cheeks. Broken sleep is the biggest indicator of new teeth arriving and for P3, she gets very emotional and always gets a high temperature too. At 20 months she only has her front sets and three molars so we still have a long road to travel down with our teething journey.
The start of teething means it’s time to begin the long road of dental hygiene and Nelsons® Teetha® have put together their top tips for caring for that very first tooth. Here they are:
- 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.
Did you know that your child will still need assistance up to the age of seven when they should be able to correctly clean their own teeth. 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 £5.57, available from Boots, Holland and Barrett, selected grocers, Lloyd’s pharmacies and all good independent health food and pharmacy stores.
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