Around the age of 6 months, you will have the pleasure of seeing your baby´s first tooth appear!
Teeth tend to come through two by two, with the first tooth usually being the lower middle incisor.
A difficult period will then begin for you and your baby. You will need to be both indulgent and patient!
Even if you cannot see anything yet, your maternal instinct tells you that your infant is not in good form… Baby may be grumpy, he may salivate more, his buttocks and cheeks may be redder than usual or irritated, his gums may be swollen…
It will take a lot of love and a few simple actions to calm the pain that your baby is feeling.
Initially, you can give baby something to chew on. You can also use cooler teething rings which are specially designed to ease the pain. If the ring is cold enough, baby will particularly appreciate the feel of it, as the cold helps anaesthetise the pain.
Other ring models with different surfaces (studs, ribs, etc.) will also relieve baby´s gums as they have a massaging effect. Baby will happily chew on them, and this will help his teeth to come through.
For temporary relief, you can rub in special, plant-based gels on his sore gums. You can safely reapply these gels regularly throughout the day. You can also rub some of the gel onto his favorite teething ring.
If your baby is really crying hard and has a temperature, you can also use a painkiller (paracetamol is preferable) or a homeopathic treatment (ask your chemist for details).
Do not worry too much if baby does not have any teeth at 10 months; indeed, some babies may have teeth at 3 months – there are always a few babies that break the rules!
In any case, around 30 months, your child will be proud to show you his beautiful smile and twenty teeth!