Health > Teething Problems
This is the time when teeth break through the surface of the gums in an infant.
Starting at about 4 or 5 months onwards you may notice the start of some of the symptoms above. By approximately 7 or 8 months of age, your child will usually be teething tirelessly.
The new teeth grow upwards towards the surface of the gums and break through the skin causing pain.
There are certain things which can be done to relieve the discomfort of this stage in life.
This is a normal stage in the growing up of your child and you do not need to see a doctor unless the child shows signs of illness or extreme continual distress.
Herbal Therapies - You may be recommended marsh mallow (Althaea officinalis) root syrup for inflamed gums; use 3 tsp in your child's food or drink daily.
Homoeopathy - Homoeopathic teething remedies are available over the counter. Chamomilla (camomile) is the most commonly used homoeopathic remedy for teething children.
Lifestyle - When your child begins teething, start cleaning her teeth with a soft toothbrush. This will get her used to good oral hygiene from an early age. Give your baby a toothbrush as a toy when the teeth first come through.
Do not give sweet drinks when your child is thirsty, try water or soy drinks instead.