Best ways to treat your teething baby - Natural or Synthetic?

Teething is when your child's teeth first begin to emerge through the gums. It usually occurs at around 6 months old, and in some cases can prove to be quite an uncomfortable and painful experience (for both the baby and the parents!). The treatment of said pain can be very varied - often dependant on the extent of the discomfort, and is ultimately down to the parents to decide which way they see best fit. The main decision to be made by the parents is whether to opt for natural treatment, such as a teething ring or teething gel, or whether to opt for a more synthetic treatment, such as specially formulated pain relief, containing ibuprofen or paracetamol. Every child is different, so you may have to try a few techniques until you find one that is effective.

Teething Rings

More than anything, this first years soft teething beads product give your child something to chew on, and provide a welcome distraction from any pain they may be experiencing. Chilling them slightly in the fridge beforehand can also help. Fruits and vegetables If your child is chewing, try giving them pieces of raw fruit and vegetables to chew on. Again, this can help reduce pain and cause distraction.

Teething Gels

The Dentinox teething gel contains a very mild local anaesthetic, which can be rubbed on the child's gums to relieve the discomfort.

Painkilling Medicine

Often seen as a last resort by most parents, painkilling medicine such as the Calpol Infant Suspension contain small doses of ibruprofen/paracetamol, and actively help to reduce pain.


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