BONJELA Teething Gel Teething is one of the great milestones of your baby’s development and memories of your baby's first big toothy grin will be treasured forever. Some babies sail through the process and are showing off their first teeth before you know it, but for others it can be a more uncomfortable time, causing distress to both you and your baby. It’s impossible to tell how your baby will react until that first tooth begins to cut, but we hope that the information and advice provided on this website will help to reassure you and ease you both through the teething process. Within this website you’ll find information on everything from spotting the first signs that your little one is actually teething, to helping them deal with the discomfort to ideas for nutritious meals they can chomp on with their new found teeth! Signs of teething Like grown-ups, all babies deal with pain differently, and of course some will have an easier time of it than others. However, most babies with get a little grouchy and irritable! The first signs of teething usually begin a few months before the first tooth appears so you will need to look for particular symptoms to ensure that this is actually the cause. This is important because all too often, teething gets blamed for a variety of complaints, such as fever, vomiting, runny noses, diarrhoea and rashes all of which could be signs of a different problem. In fact, most healthcare professionals agree that teething should not make your baby ill, so if you're unsure of the cause of your baby's discomfort or they are suffering from any of these conditions, you should always consult your doctor. restlessness, irritability and disturbed sleep patterns sore, red gums flushed cheeks loss of appetite a slight rise in temperature (but not above 37.5 C, which indicates a fever) dribbling (which may cause a rash or sore, chapped skin on the chin) a sudden desire to chew anything they can lay their hands on - fist, furniture, toys! an urge to bite. This should not be perceived as a sign of aggression or anger, more of a means to ease the pain. Signs Of Teething Sometimes you can actually see the tooth cutting through the gum, or you may be able to feel it emerging if you run a clean finger along your baby's gum line. Another good indicator that your baby is teething is that they will want to chew… on anything. It could be toys, fingers or food! This is a completely natural reaction to the changes that are going on within the gaum and it is thought that chewing on something hard feels quite soothing. Unbelievable but true: Some babies can be born with a tooth! Yes, a baby born with tooth is uncommon but true! Julius Caesar and Napoleon are both reputed to have had this distinction. Some think that it is a sign of a great destiny, some think that it can due to mother nature!