When teething starts, there is no telling how extended or how unpleasant it will be for your little one. For one child, it may be a long, drawn-out, painful affair, while for another, it may seem to pass by with the baby barely noticing. Sometimes a lump or a ridge seems visible in the gum for weeks or months; sometimes, there is no visible clue at all until the tooth itself appears. Sometimes, teething can cause your little one so much discomfort and disruption that you need to start seeking NZ teething remedies, such as a teething gel or teething drops.
On average, the first tooth arrives sometime during the seventh month, although this can happen as early as three months and as late as twelve. It is easy to dismiss teething symptoms as lots of different things like fussiness or even sickness, so if you’re not sure what is causing your baby’s discomfort - it’s time to talk to your health professional, especially if your baby is not accepting food, a bottle or the breast.
Tooth eruption often follows hereditary patterns, so if either parent teethed early or late, your baby might do likewise. Teething symptoms often precede the tooth itself by as much as two or three months, and even if you can’t see a tooth coming through, NZ teething remedies are suitable to use. Once teeth have emerged, it can be a little more difficult to administer teething gel as your little one may begin to bite down in their discomfort, so you need to take care when inserting anything into your baby’s mouth and you must always make sure your hands or teething tools are clean.
Teething symptoms vary from child to child but may include:
- Drooling - this starts anywhere from 10 weeks to 3-4 months and be constant.
- Chin or face rash - due to the excess drooling.
- A little cough - The excess saliva can cause your baby to gag or cough.
- Biting - on anything to relieve the pressure.
- Pain - Inflammation is the protective response of the tender gum tissue to the impending tooth.
- Irritability - this can last hours, days or weeks, on and off.
- Refusal to feed due to the pain on the gums. The baby may refuse the bottle or solids. If the baby has not eaten much for several days, please get in touch with your medical professional.
- Diarrhoea - often accompanies teething.
- Low-grade fever - often accompanies teething.
- Wakefulness - the discomfort that has caused the fussiness can also keep the baby awake at night.
- Gum hematoma - teething can cause some bleeding under the gums; these are nothing to worry about and will resolve on their own.
- Ear pulling, cheek rubbing - due to pain in the gums travelling to the ears and checks along the nerve pathways.
How to help with the emergence of teeth
These are the possible teething remedies in NZ that we would recommend that can really help make a difference in your little one’s comfort while they are teething. From NZ teething gel, to cool purees, there are many options to choose from to settle your baby.
- Qbaby TeethEase Gel - A natural NZ teething gel designed to support the health of your baby's gums and emerging teeth. This is one of the teething remedies that are popular with NZ families, made from completely natural ingredients.
- Something to chew on. Some popular items include a wooden peg with teething gel on, frozen pureed mango in a muslin cloth to chew on, or even just a wet cloth to suck on. There are plenty of teething rings suitable for teething remedies in NZ that you can purchase from the supermarket, specialist store, or online of various shapes and sizes.
- Something cold to eat - Pureed apples or pears or once again frozen fruit in a muslin cloth.
- Something to relieve the pain - Qbaby TeethEase Drops - These dops are natural teething remedies in NZ designed to support the health of your baby's gums and emerging teeth.
- Kava Tincture - a few drops of Kava, either straight on the gums or on your nipple before feeding or in a bottle, works wonders to numb the pain. Please talk to us if you want more information.
- QDerma Cream for the rash associated with the emergence of teeth and can be used in conjunction with our NZ-made teething gel.
- Harmony Drops - great tasting and effective. Chamomile works wonders to soothe the nervous system.