A new tooth is an exciting development for parents, but can be a source of pain and discomfort for your little one. This list of essentials will help you through your child's trying teething days.
- Pain relief An over-the-counter pain reliever can help soothe a distressed baby (and make you feel a bit calmer, too!). An age-appropriate ibuprofen-based product like Nurofen for Children can be taken from three months of age, and can help ease teething pain .
- Washcloth Try using your clean finger, or better yet, your finger wrapped in a cold, damp washcloth (chill it for half an hour in the refrigerator first), to gently rub bub’s sore gums. The pressure will provide some relief, and the chilled washcloth will soothe inflammation.
- Teething gel The anaesthetic or analgesic gels that can ease teething pain contain a variety of different active ingredients. Ask your GP or pharmacist to direct you towards a suitable product for your child. Bonjela Teething Gel is suitable for babies from four months of age.
- Rusks A dense, dry, unsweetened teething rusk or sugar-free teething biscuit may suit babies with mild teething pain that have already started eating solids.
- Cold teething ring Pressure from a cold object can provide relief from the discomfort of teething. Keep the ring sterilised and cooled in the fridge. Never cool it in the freezer as this will be too cold.
- Soft, cold foods Chilled yogurt or stewed fruit are soothing on sore gums.
- Soft dry cloth Gently wiping drool away from your baby’s chin and checks throughout the day will help prevent the skin from becoming irritated.
- Mild moisturiser If a rash does develop around your baby’s lips, cheeks and chin, try a gentle moisturiser such as sorbolene to soothe irritation.
- Teddy bear Teething can be a tough time for tots, which makes cuddles from Teddy – and you – one of the most reliable treatments.
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Bonjela Teething Gel
Bonjela is a pleasant tasting gel that provides fast-acting, soothing relief from the pain and discomfort associated with infant teething. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under 4 months of age.
Nurofen for Children Pain and Fever Relief
With an easy to use dosing device, Nurofen for Children delivers temporary relief for pain associated with teething, earache, sore throat, headache, minor aches, colds and flu and fever in children aged three months and over. Available for children 3-12 months old, 1-5 years old and 5-12 years old in two pleasant flavours – orange and strawberry. Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Do not give to babies under three months of age. Seek medical advice for children under 12 months of age.
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