When to use a teether?

Babies go through various developments over the course of their first year. From being a newborn that relies on their parents to do everything to becoming an active toddler in the span of 12 months. They grow at an amazing pace and every month brings new developments as well as challenges for the parents. The first few months usually revolve around setting a routine for the baby and helping them differentiate between night and day so that they can start sleeping at night and allow their parents to catch up on their sleep as well. However, every baby is different from another and whereas one may reach a milestone earlier another may start to do the same thing a few months later. Same is the case with one of the most important milestones and that is teething where the infants first teeth start appearing usually between the age of size to nine months. Some people refer to teething as ‘cutting teeth’ meaning that the teeth that appear cut through the gums but that is not the case as certain hormones are secreted by the body that allow some cells in the gums to die so that the teeth can come through. It is usually a good idea to start adding fluoride to the baby’s diet around the age of six months as it is a mineral that helps in preventing tooth decay by hardening the enamel of the teeth. When the first tooth does appear, you should start brushing their teeth with a smear of toothpaste that contains fluoride so that their teeth remain healthy. 

There are certain symptoms that often appear that will alert you as a parent that your baby’s first teeth are about to show up. There may be a loss of appetite as there mouth will start hurting and they will be more prone to biting their toys or even fingers to help relieve the pressure that they feel on their gums. Babies’ also start to drool more which can result in diarrhea and loose stools so it is better to stay alert to avoid diaper rashes which can cause a lot of discomfort. Make sure to keep your baby hydrated and if you see symptoms such as fever then you should contact your doctor. The drooling may also lead to rashes around the baby’s mouth so it is important to keep wiping it away gently so that the skin is not irritated. This is ideally the time that people start buying teethers such as Sophie giraffe for their young ones to nibble on and make them less irritable. Some infants also revert to other methods such as pulling their ears and rubbing their heads against surfaces to relieve the pain that they are feeling. Sometimes a baby may also develop a teething fever which is slightly higher that the baby’s normal body temperature.  

There are certain remedies that you can try in order to soothe your baby such as giving them something cold to put in their mouth such as a cold pacifier or spoon or even a refrigerated toy. Make sure to clean all such toys before giving them to your kids. There are also teething crackers that are available that the baby can chew on and if your baby is older that six months then you can even give them a cool sip of water. You can massage their gums with a clean finger and if they have no prior teeth then you can give them your finger to gnaw on.  One of the most common toys used by parents during this process are teethers that can be made of either silicone or rubber and are designed in such a way that they are easy to grip and big enough to prevent the child from choking on them. One of the most popular teethers is the Sophie giraffe that has been made in France since 1961The reason for its popularity is that is appeals to all five senses as it has contrasting spots over its body that make it easily recognizable for the baby. It is very flexible and has many parts that the baby can nibble on such as the ears and legs. Sophie the giraffe is also very lightweight and easy for the baby to hold and has a natural scent as well.  

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