Teething top tips


When it comes to teething it can be a testing time for both parent and baby and with so much advice and suggestions out there it can be tricky to know where to start when it comes to comforting your little one! Teething Ashton & Parsons shares their top tips:

Chewing can ease discomfort
Made to satisfy your baby’s natural instinct to chew on something, teething toys and rings can often be chilled in the fridge for an extra soothing effect.It’s recommended to sterilise them in boiling water first. If you don’t have a teething ring, a cold wet flannel can work just as well. Older babies can chew on chilled sticks of vegetables such as carrot or cucumber, or a crust of bread, in younger babies this could be a choking risk so is best avoided. It’s best to avoid foods that contain added sugar, including rusks.

Dribbling can make your baby’s chin sore, but a ‘neckerchew’ is a useful way to catch dribble, wipe baby’s mouth and it also has a chewable section too. To prevent the skin on baby’s face from drying out you can apply an emollient or barrier ointment

Singing to sooth
Singing lullabies and nursery rhymes to your little one can be a real comfort and help baby to sleep

Massage the gums
gentle massaging of your baby’s gums with a clean finger or washcloth can help to stimulate the tissue and alleviate pain

Snuggle time
Cuddling especially when baby is distressed or feeling discomfort can help them settle and you can also try distracting them with playing, singing and reading to help take their mind off teething pain

There are a variety of medicines that can also be used to help relieve the discomfort of teething symptoms:

  • Ibuprofen or paracetamol suspensions*
  • Topical, liquids and gels*
    Herbal traditional therapies such as teething powders and granules– including Ashton &Parsons Teething Powders, can be given hourly for up to 6 doses in 24 hours.

Ashton & Parsons Teething Powders (RRP £5.35) are available from  pharmacists as well as from mainstream healthcare stockists such Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Tesco, Boots, Lloyds Pharmacy, Superdrug and Amazon
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