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Boots guide to tackling teething

Help relieve teething trouble thanks to our selection of helpful hints and practical products

Your baby is likely to start teething at around six months – but this can vary, with some early starters and others not developing first teeth until they're about one. Teething can cause some pain and discomfort, but you can help minimise this by recognising the tell-tale signs.

Signs of teething

  • Sore gums and redness
  • One or both cheeks are flushed
  • Dribbling, gnawing and chewing more than usual

Teething tips

There are lots of things you can do to help relieve teething pains, but be patient – you may have to try a few things before you find out what works best.

Teething rings

Teething rings give your baby something they can safely chew on, which may help and provide a distraction. Cooling the teething ring in the fridge might give extra comfort and help prevent swelling of your baby's gums.

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Teething gels

Teething gels can be useful for babies over three months old. They're sugar free and some contain a mild anaesthetic, which will help to numb pain. For babies under three months, speak to your GP or health visitor. Always read the label.

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Chewing

Chewing on anything they can get hold of is a sure sign of teething and it's time to act! Give weaning babies* healthy things to chew on such as appropriately cut raw fruit or vegetables – but never leave them unsupervised due to the risk of choking.

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Painkilling medicine

Painkilling medicine suitable for babies and young children, including those containing paracetamol or ibuprofen, can be useful if your little one is in pain or has a raised temperature. Always read the label.

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Cool drinks

Cool drinks made with cooled down boiled water can relieve babies' sore gums, as well as helping with dribbling.

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Soft cloths

Soft cloths can be invaluable in helping to prevent rashes on a teething baby's face. Use them when your baby dribbles to help keep him or her from irritation.

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*Government guidelines state you should not wean your baby before six months unless on the advice of a healthcare professional.

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