After Giving Birth, 4-6 Months

Caring for teeth

Before your baby’s teeth come through, wipe her gums with a piece of clean cloth. Once she has teeth, then brush with a soft toothbrush and a small pea sized blob of baby toothpaste, twice a day. Try to avoid sugary foods and limit foods with natural sugars to mealtimes. Give milk or water to drink, in a beaker rather than a bottle.

Teething

Most babies get their first teeth (milk teeth) at around 6 months of age, although this varies from baby to baby. It’s usually (but not always) the lower central incisors (bottom middle to you and me), followed by the upper central incisors (top middle).

Some babies fly through the teething process with little or no problems, whilst others seem to suffer with every tooth. The signs that your baby may be teething are:

  • Red cheeks
  • Dribbling
  • Grumpy, crying baby
  • Rash on the chin (caused by slobber)
  • Nappy rash
  • Runny, horrible smelling poo.
  • Biting and chewing everything
  • Raised temperature
  • Disrupted sleep pattern
  • Change of appetite
  • Pulling her ears
  • Inflamed red gums, a tooth may be visible under the gum

Looking at the above symptoms, they are also things a baby could suffer if she were unwell. If you are at all concerned about your baby’s health then you should see your GP.

What can I do to relieve teething pain?

  • Give a baby paracetamol suspension such as Calpol.
  • Rub teething gel into the gums.
  • Provide teethers for your baby. Some can be put in the fridge to give added relief.
  • Use a homeopathic teething remedy, such as Nelsons Teetha which contains chamomilla.
  • Use the Babysafe Feeder (available from Blooming Marvellous and Jo Jo – see below), to give your baby chilled foods to chew, without the risk of choking.
  • Change your baby’s bib regularly and wipe her chin to keep it dry, then apply petroleum jelly.

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Weaning your baby

Weaning your baby is the process of gradually introducing food to your baby which will eventually be its adult diet whilst withdrawing the supply of milk. Your baby will be fully weaned once it no longer receives any breast milk, rather relies on solid foods for all its nutrition. You can read our full weaning article here >