BONJELA Teething Gel 15g
Teething is one of the great milestones of your baby’s development and memories of your baby's first big toothy grin will be treasured forever. Some babies sail through the process and are showing off their first teeth before you know it, but for others it can be a more uncomfortable time, causing distress to both you and your baby.
Teething gels can provide fast-acting and targeted relief from the pain of teething. Bonjela Teething Gel is specially formulated to provide fast, soothing relief from teething. Gently massage a dab of gel onto the gum and within minutes your baby can feel just as relieved as you do! It's sugar free and colour free and suitable for babies from
4 months old.
- Suitable from 4 months old
How to apply Bonjela Teething Gel?
Apply a small amount of Bonjela Teething Gel with a clean little finger to the affected area and rub in gently. Bonjela Teething Gel is formulated to bring fast-acting, soothing relief, and application of Bonjela Teething Gel can be repeated every 3 hours if necessary. Always Read the Label.
Signs of Teething
Like grown-ups, all babies deal with pain differently, and of course some will have an easier time of it than others. However, most babies with get a little grouchy and irritable!
The first signs of teething usually begin a few months before the first tooth appears so you will need to look for particular symptoms to ensure that this is actually the cause. This is important because all too often, teething gets blamed for a variety of complaints, such as fever, vomiting, runny noses, diarrhoea and rashes all of which could be signs of a different problem. In fact, most healthcare professionals agree that teething should not make your baby ill, so if you're unsure of the cause of your baby's discomfort or they are suffering from any of these conditions, you should always consult your doctor.
- restlessness, irritability and disturbed sleep patterns
- sore, red gums
- flushed cheeks
- loss of appetite
- a slight rise in temperature (but not above 37.5 C, which indicates a fever)
- dribbling (which may cause a rash or sore, chapped skin on the chin)
- a sudden desire to chew anything they can lay their hands on - fist, furniture, toys!
- an urge to bite. This should not be perceived as a sign of aggression or anger, more of a means to ease the pain.
Sometimes you can actually see the tooth cutting through the gum, or you may be able to feel it emerging if you run a clean finger along your baby's gum line. Another good indicator that your baby is teething is that they will want to chew… on anything. It could be toys, fingers or food! This is a completely natural reaction to the changes that are going on within the gaum and it is thought that chewing on something hard feels quite soothing.
Unbelievable but true:
Some babies can be born with a tooth!
Yes, a baby born with tooth is uncommon but true! Julius Caesar and Napoleon are both reputed to have had this distinction. Some think that it is a sign of a great destiny, some think that it can due to mother nature!
Managing Teething Pain
Teething is one of the great milestones of your baby’s development and memories of your baby's first grin displaying their new tooth will be remembered and treasured forever. Some babies show little or no discomfort during this period, but for others it can be quite an uncomfortable time, causing distress to your baby and also to you. So, in preparation, here are a few tips on how to erase teething pain.
Teething can be a difficult
time for babies. Here are some
things you can do to relieve
A little extra tender loving care goes a long way when your baby is having a hard time teething. Hugs and cuddles will help comfort and reassure your baby if they are distressed.
Rubbing Their Gums
Lightly massaging your baby's gum with a clean finger can be soothing and help alleviate some of their discomfort. Take the chance to do this while applying a topical teething gel like Bonjela Teething Gel which will have the added benefit of helping to provide ongoing relief afterwards too. (Always read the label)
Teething babies love to chew and bite - on anything! Many mums find that sterilised teething rings can be useful for and they can actually help the teeth to cut through. Why not pop a liquid-filled teething ring in the fridge first to cool it down? Just make sure that it's clean and definitely not frozen.
Food For Chewing
If your baby is over six months old, try offering them a sugar-free teething biscuit or unsweetened rusk. Alternatively, some like to gnaw on chilled bread slices or carrot sticks. Whatever you choose to give your baby make sure they are supervised and that they cannot bite chunks off, which could cause your baby to choke. It is also preferable to avoid foods that are too hard as these could bruise the gums and cause further pain.
Cold helps to numb the pain, so chilled yoghurts, unsweetened apple puree or other baby foods could help. Make sure the food isn't frozen and will cause any chills.
Likewise, cool drinks can help soothe the whole mouth. Try cooling boiled water or extra breast or formula milk in the fridge.
Teething gels massaged into the gums with a clean finger can provide fast-acting and targeted relief. Look for ones that are sugar-free and colour-free such as Bonjela Teething Gel and make sure you check the dosage instructions and expiry date. (Always read the label).
Infant Medicine (Analgesics)
A medicine designed especially for babies, such as Nurofen for Children Baby, can be used for babies who are three months (over 5kg) or more to help relieve the pain associated with teething and bring down a raised temperature. However, if a raised temperature persists, a visit to a doctor is advisable so that other possible causes can be excluded. (Contains Ibuprofen, always read the label)
Soothing Sore Chins
Excessive dribbling caused by teething can irritate babies' chin, neck and chest which may become dry, chapped and sore. Try to keep their skin as dry as possible (a bib will help) and change any wet clothing. Applying a simple barrier cream can also help keep their skin soft and smooth and may ease any chapped skin.
Caring for First Teeth
Nothing can dampen the excitement of seeing those first teeth emerge and quite apart from bringing your baby's smile to life, they will provide a guide for the position of the second teeth, and so on.
Your baby shouldn't need a dental check up until around the age of two when most, or all, of their teeth are in place, but you should start caring for your baby's teeth immediately to ensure they stay strong and healthy. This is important because the first teeth affect early speech development, the ability to eat a solid diet, and of course their overall appearance.
Brushing should begin straight away as plaque begins to form as soon as the first tooth appears.
Plaque coats the teeth with a thin film of bacteria which thrive on the sugars in our foods and drink so it is important to start also thinking carefully about your baby's diet and routine.
- Make sure your baby doesn't have a sugary drink at night (or even milk) after they've brushed their teeth
- Avoid baby foods sweetened with added sugar or concentrated fruit juice
- Don't add sugar to home prepared weaning foods
- Sweetened fruit juices and squashes should not be given in babies bottles, as they contribute to decay and encourage a 'sweet tooth'
- Never dip a dummy into anything sweet. The phrase 'no artificial preservatives or sweeteners' can mean that sugar is still present in the product
Offer foods with plenty of calcium, vitamins and minerals to encourage healthy teeth to form. Avoid or limit giving your baby sweet or sugary drinks. You should start cleaning their teeth twice a day as soon as the first tooth appears. Use baby toothpaste and a specially designed toothbrush that has a small head, soft bristles and, ideally for you, an easy grip handle!
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