Your baby’s first teeth
Your baby will acquire 20 milk teeth between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. The first tooth usually appears at the age of 6 months. This is an important milestone for the whole family, but also a painful period for your baby. Your baby is likely to be very irritable when teething. Your baby will dribble a great deal, bite his fists and his gums will swell up. Often, tears, lack of appetite and a red bum will signal the arrival of first tooth. For fortunate parents, teething can be a discreet event and not cause the baby any pain. But whatever happens, seeing your baby with his first tooth will be an emotional moment for Mum and Dad.
Teething step by step
Soothing your baby
The arrival of a baby’s first tooth is often a real challenge for parents. Watching their baby suffer, Mum and Dad are bound to panic and even cradling their baby will not seem to ease the discomfort. In fact, there is no real solution to make teething less painful. But the following tips will help calm your baby and give you the feeling you are doing something to see your baby through this difficult stage.
A special rattle and refrigerated teething ring are essential for your baby to chew on and soothe the pain without harming his gums. As sucking can produce a calming effect, his thumb can also bring comfort.