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A Guide to Baby Teething: Natural Remedies & Must Haves

One of the most commonly asked topics from our community is all things baby teething. Watching your little one go through the discomfort of teething can be tough, and not knowing what to do to help them can be confusing with so many 'teethers' on the market. In this article, we'll explore the teething process, its common symptoms, and most importantly, natural remedies to help your baby find relief as well as the only teething toy we recommend - tried and tested from the Carol App Team.

Understanding the Teething Process:

Baby teething is a natural and important milestone in your child's development. It usually begins around 6 months of age, though it can vary from one baby to another. During teething, your baby's first set of teeth, known as primary teeth, start pushing through their gums. This process can be uncomfortable, causing your little one to be irritable and fussy.

Common Teething Symptoms:

1. Irritability: Teething can make your baby more irritable than usual. They might cry more often and be harder to console.

2. Drooling: Excessive drooling is a common teething symptom. Keep those bibs handy!

3. Gum Swelling and Sensitivity: Your baby's gums may become swollen and sensitive to the touch.

4. Chewing on Everything: Teething babies often seek relief by chewing on objects to alleviate gum discomfort.

5. Disrupted Sleep: Teething can disrupt your baby's sleep patterns, leading to more night awakenings.

Natural Remedies for Teething Troubles:

Now, let's explore some natural remedies to help your baby find relief during the teething process.

1. Chilled Teething Rings: Chilled teething rings can provide soothing relief for sore gums. Make sure they're clean and free from any sharp edges.

2. Cold Washcloth: Dampen a clean washcloth and place it in the freezer for a few minutes. Let your baby chew on the cold washcloth for comfort.

3. Teething Toys: There are various teething toys available that are designed to be safe for your baby to chew on. Look for BPA-free options. Matchstick Monkey is the teething toy we recommend - tried and tested and seemed to really help our little ones!

4. Gentle Gum Massage: Use a clean finger to gently massage your baby's gums. This can help alleviate discomfort.

- Always supervise your baby when they're using teething remedies.

- Avoid using teething gels that contain benzocaine, as they can be harmful to infants.

- Consult with your GP / healthcare provider if your baby's teething symptoms seem severe or if you have any concerns.

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