Soothing Your Child through the Teething Process

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When your baby starts the teething process, it could be simple and hassle-free, but it could equally be an uncomfortable and painful experience for your baby. Teething is the process of your baby’s teeth pushing through the gums. It usually starts around 6 months of age but can vary. Two bottom front teeth are first to appear, followed by the top front teeth.

The symptoms of teething are red or swollen gums, drooling, restlessness, rubbing gums or biting and not feeding as well as normal.

Pressure on your baby’s gums will relieve some of the pain, but sucking will bring more blood to rush to the gums and will make them more sensitive. With this is mind, take a look at our tips to helping your baby through the teething process.

The Cold

If you feel that your baby’s gums are swollen, then in the same way that ice is soothing for a bashed head or sprained ankle, something cold will help numb pain and decrease swelling. There are several ways that you can apply something cold to your baby’s gums, such as chilling a wet washcloth in the fridge or freezing and letting your baby chew on it.

If your baby is on solids, you could freeze fruit or vegetables (as long as it’s not so small that it’s a choking hazard) for your baby to munch on.


Pressure helps to alleviate the pain of teething, which is why your baby will bite and rub their gums. You may find that they will start to gnaw on your jewellery, toys and anything that they can get their hands on. Amber Pumpkin offers a variety of different teething products for your baby to chew on to help relieve the pain, from jewellery that you can wear to eco friendly teethers.

Pain Killers

Pain killers should be used as a last resort, and you should always check with your doctor before you give your child anything. If your baby is 6 months old, then you can give them ibuprofen, and younger children can have acetaminophen. If a pain killer still doesn’t work, then you must take your baby to the doctor.


If your baby is drooling excessively, then you should be careful when removing it, as you don’t want to cause irritation to the skin. A clean, dry cloth should be used to completely dry off your baby’s chin, and you can apply a barrier cream to prevent further irritation.

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