Baby teething

Baby Teething Comforting tips

June 20th, 2021

Baby, might seem cranky, maybe crying or fussing more often, and seems to be drooling more often as well. What's happening to baby?

Most kids start the process of teething when they are 6 months of age. The 20 baby/primary teeth sitting below their gums start to emerge. Although teething is a natural process, it comes with sore gums, drooling, crankiness, and tears making it an ordeal for babies and parents alike.

You may also notice that baby is chomping away at fingers, crib sides, toys, blankets, and just about anything they get their hands on.


If your baby is having a hard time with teething, try these simple tips to help ease the pain and soothe sore gums.

Cold is comforting

Using a cold washcloth, or a gauze pad for massaging the baby's gums and applying gentle pressure might help alleviate their pain. A cold spoon or teething ring can be soothing on a baby's gums as well.

Give the Baby Chilled Fruits

If your baby has started having solid foods, you can give them chilled fruits to nibble on.
Make sure to give it in a mashed form to monitor the child at all times to avoid choking.

Pacifiers or Teething Toys

Naw Toy

Chilling pacifiers or teething rings and toys combine the idea of cold treatment as well as something to chew on and is one of the most widely used ways to comfort a teething child. Chilled teethers or pacifiers help in comforting a child in pain, as the cold soothes those irritated gums by numbing the pain. Just chill teething toys or pacifiers for around 10-15 minutes. Make sure you don't leave the objects in the freezer for too long, as the object develops a layer of ice around itself, chewing on them may cut the baby's delicate gums.

Prepare a Milk Popsicle

The discomfort of teething can make some children refuse to eat. Keeping the baby hydrated and well-fed while comforting their irritated gums at the same time is essential. Milk or fruit popsicles can be a good source of that.

Keep the drool away

Teething is often associated with drooling, and the drool buildup around the child's face can lead to rashes. Make sure to keep cleaning that excess drool off their face as this is very irritating for the baby but can also lead to discoloration of their sensitive skin.

Have Some Extra Cuddles with your baby

If the baby seems to be in an irritable mood when teething, rocking them in a chair or carrying them around the house can work wonders for helping with the discomfort. This will help the child relax, while also creating a calm environment for both of you to fall asleep.

Extra cuddles with baby

Over-the-Counter Medications

Going for over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended as the last resort when nothing seems to help the child feel better. Consult your baby's doctor to find the correct painkiller that suits your child, along with the right dosage. It's better to avoid teething gels and medicines containing benzocaine or lidocaine as these can make swallowing difficult and numb a baby's mouth.
There is also Orjael cooling gel and baby Orajel tooth/gum cleanser.

Regular visits during the early years help healthy teeth and gums in the long run as proper oral hygiene prevents dental problems from occurring later in life.

Once your child turns 6 months or their first tooth starts erupting - they are ready for their first dental visit.


Babys first dental visit

Did you know that the first time to schedule a visit to the dentist is as soon as you start seeing teeth develop? That's right, visits to the dentist can be as early as that.
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When do my child's teeth erupt?

January 7th, 2021

Children begin the teething process after the age of six months.
While this is a very new experience, it could bring a whole new set of difficulties for the parents with an uncomfortable and hurting baby.
Educating yourself about how their teeth erupt and why they eventually lose them when they will start getting their adult teeth is the best way to navigate this period of their lives.
From 6 months to 3 years of age, kids get 20 primary or baby teeth. These teeth fall out (shed) at various times throughout childhood.

How Do My Children’s Teeth Erupt?
Typically, 6 months is when your child begins the teething process.
Before baby teeth start erupting, they form from the tooth buds in their jaw, and they start to move upward through the gums and into the mouth.
The first teeth that will start coming in are typically the incisors that are situated directly in the front of the mouth.

Baby teething

These teeth are often first noticed by nursing mothers as the baby begins testing them out while feeding. From this point until the age of 3 years,
there is a steady progression of teeth coming in until they’ve got their full complement of 20 baby teeth.

How Their Teeth Loosen And Fall Out
Ever wondered exactly what leads to the baby teeth loosening and falling out?
The tooth buds form a whole new set of teeth that start growing up under the primary teeth.
In the process, the old roots are resorbed, and the tooth moves up and out of the way, getting loose before they fall out. Children typically announcing that they have loose teeth is usually the first sign that it is happening.
It’s better to let a tooth go through the process on its own and fall out naturally.

Children's primary teeth ( baby teeth ) typically fall out around 6 years old.
The central incisors are usually the first to go. The first permanent molars are next. The last baby tooth usually is lost around 12 years of age.

Father and son enjoying healthy snack


How many teeth do people have?
People have a total of 32 permanent teeth ( adult teeth ).
As said above, children will have 20 primary teeth by the age of 3 typically.

Below you can view teeth charts to get a good view of when certain teeth will erupt.

Baby Teeth erupt chart

Types of teeth

Adult teeth eruption chart




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