• Slightly raised temperature, but not a fever (a fever is a temperature of 38⁰C or above)
  • Rash on their face
  • Reddened gums – their gums may be swollen or tender
  • Excessive dribbling – this may cause a rash on the chin
  • Poor appetite – your baby may be reluctant to eat as result of sore gums
  • Chewing or biting – your baby may chew on their toys or fingers
  • Restlessness and Irritability – the pain of teething may cause them to cry
  • Disturbed sleep


  • Teething gels
  • Teething rings (never cool a teething ring in the freezer or tie a teething ring around your baby’s neck)
  • Paracetamol / Ibuprofen – carefully follow the recommended dosage
  • Cool drinks to soothe the gums
  • Distraction – playing with your baby distracts from the pain of teething
  • Wipe dribble frequently from your baby’s chin

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