Baby Health

A baby’s immune system takes time to develop fully, which is why it’s so important to ensure it gets a helping hand from the right nutrients. If you’re breastfeeding, key nutrients and protective factors like antibodies come directly from your breastmilk. Your breastmilk will also provide prebiotic oligosaccharides, which encourage the growth of healthy bacteria to protect them.

This section looks at how your baby’s immune system operates; how everything from a natural childbirth to immunisation against diseases can help to boost it.

When Do Babies Start Teething

Teething pain affects most babies at some stage during their first year. It can disrupt your baby’s routine and lead to sleepless nights for you all. Learn about the symptoms of teething and how to ease your baby’s discomfort.

Most babies start ‘cutting teeth’ at around 6 months, although it’s not unusual to see a first tooth as early as 3 months and some babies can even be born with teeth – although it’s not common. For other babies, it can take a while longer but if they haven’t started teething by their first birthday, it’s best to let your doctor know.

On average, girls teethe earlier than boys. The arrival of your baby’s first tooth is completely independent of their other physical and mental development.

The cause of teething pain

As the roots of your baby’s teeth grow, the upper edges of the teeth are pushed through the gums, which is often uncomfortable. The unfamiliar sensations of the first few teeth coming through often cause the most restlessness and irritability. Cutting molars can also be a difficult time because of their larger size.

Signs of Teething

The discomfort of teething can start before a tooth is visible. The following symptoms are common while teething:

  • Demanding more attention and crying more at night
  • Flushed, rosy cheeks
  • A slightly high temperature (39°C or higher indicates a fever rather than teething)
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Dribbling more than usual
  • Chewing on their hands or other objects
  • Demanding more feeds
  • Rejecting feeds because their gums hurt
  • A smaller appetite than usual
  • A disrupted sleep routine

Gently rubbing an infant teething gel into your baby’s gums, or dissolving teething granules in their mouth, can help to ease your baby’s discomfort. Specially made teething rings can also provide some relief, especially the ones designed to be chilled in the fridge.

If your baby is drooling, be sure to keep them well hydrated with extra water. A barrier cream on their chin, neck and chest can prevent soreness from excess dribble.

For minor pain, a comforting cuddle or an interesting toy may prove enough to take their mind off the teething sensations. Your doctor may recommend an infant pain reliever like paracetamol or ibuprofen if they’re more sensitive.

Most babies go through teething pain so our Careline team have plenty of advice to share. Call them on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other Countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.