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      05.04.2009 08:20

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      amber teeting necklaces by amberbebe.comwe suffered from bad teething on our first child and then a friend put us on to the amber teething necklaces. I read all the forums about them and then gave it a try. Got to say i was completely skeptical but the proof is in the pudding as they say - and now I am a convert. An amazing result - we didn't even use bonjela teething gel on the last baby who cut a full set of teeth without the drool, without the flushed cheeks and call me selfish - no sleepless nights. We got our from www.amberbebe.com it cost A$40.00 and freight. We picked them because they have rounded beaded - looked better to us.

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      15.12.2008 20:10
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      my account of teething

      Teething is a terrible time for both the baby and the parent. You feel so much for the poor little mights. I found that with my little boy it affected him mainly at night. So kiss goodbye to sleep again!! I tried most of the teething gels, but I found that the best by far was Anbesol liquid. You can get this from the pharmacy counter in any chemist. It worked well because the liquid sticks straight to the area, instead of the gel that just slides around in their mouths. Also my little boy loved to chew on a carrot. Stick some carrots in the fridge and they work better then. He would chew quite happily for ages. I did buy various teething rings but he wasnt interested in any of them, so save your money!! Calpol helps too. The Calpol night is definately recommended by me!! The whole teething thing affects their nappies too, and he had awful nappies most of the time, and his poor skin was so sore. Vaseline works wonders!! Good luck!!

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        15.11.2008 22:18
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        A magnificent milestone in your baby's life

        A baby's first tooth can turn up at any time; all babies teeth at different ages. Some babies go through teething without any problem and the teeth come through quite fast one after the other or even a few at a time, and for some babies it can take longer, and they may become restless and show more signs of teething. The teething process is quite long, and its takes a while for the tooth to show through. The first tooth usually comes in on average at around 6 - 9 months. This is an exciting time for a parent to see that first little tooth. Your baby should have a full set of 20 milk teeth by the time they reach their third birthday.

        Once you notice the first tooth has started to come through, that is the time to get a baby toothbrush and start brushing the tooth, only water is required at first as there is enough fluoride in the water in most places if you are unsure you can check with your health visitor or doctor. Once your baby is older and is capable of knowing how to spit, this is when you can start to use a small amount of toothpaste.

        It is a good idea to make brushing your baby's teeth part of the daily routine for them, so they can get used to this, as sometimes they don't always like to cooperative when it is time to have their teeth cleaned. Try to make it fun, holding them down while they are protesting and crying wont help as they will start to hate having their teeth done. It takes a little practise and patience with some. You can also wipe the teeth clean with a clean cloth and water; I did this at the very first stage of teething. I have also learnt that it is a good idea to use mint toothpaste when you do start using it and not one of the various specific children's toothpastes which now seem to come in a variety of different flavours, as I find that my 12 year old daughter is now not keen on the mint flavoured toothpastes. I'm sure you will be taking pictures of your baby smiling showing off their first new tooth.


        Signs of teething to look out for:


        * Irritability/restlessness/grisly

        *Loss of appetite/ Lack of interest in food

        Babies can sometimes lose their appetite a bit during teething, as their gum's can be quite sore so they may show less interest in food, so it is a good idea to go back to soft and mashed foods for a while, I find my son likes a yogurt when he is teething as this requires no chewing and its nice and cold so it is quite soothing.

        * Chewing on anything and everything.

        *Red gum's, or inflamed gum's and even swollen gum's.

        *Dribbling more then usual.

        * Sometimes cheeks can be a little flushed.

        * They may not sleep through the night as usual.

        A lot of other symptoms have been noted, but health experts say that a baby should not suffer any serious adverse affects from teething. However if your baby has any other symptoms or you are worried at all then it is wise to seek advice from your health visitor or local GP.

        Personally I have not used any teething gels or medication for teething, not sure if I would as my son has not had much problems when his teeth have come through. I have been very lucky so far, as he has so far got 12 teeth come through so far, all of which have come through quite quickly.
        The top front teeth came through first followed by the bottom front teeth which came two at a time, and then the next teeth to come through were the molars, which I thought might be the time when he would be more fussy, but I was quite surprised when I notice all four of the teeth come through at the same time, as soon as one cut through the surface I could see the next one on the opposite side and the same for the top. I notice my son is cutting new teeth when he is biting on everything in site he also ate less 'hard' foods as his gum's were quite sore and swollen.

        A lot of dribbling comes with teething, so you may want to make sure you have plenty of good absorbing bibs, or a lot of spare T shirts. It is fairly important to try and keep your babies face and chest dry as the constant dribbling can cause a rash, and it is always easier to prevent a rash than it is to cure it. This is quite hard to achieve when your little one is dribbling constantly, I found by keep dabbing my sons chin dry with a soft flannel and changing his bib or T -shirt when they became quite damp prevented him from getting any rashes. He hasn't really shown any other symptoms with his first lot of teeth.

        It is better to provide things for your little one to bite on that are safe for them, as they could bite off small parts of things that could be choked on, so teething aids are more beneficial for this. My son's favourite has been a set of plastic keys that I purchased from Boots which was one of the first items that I reviewed on this site.

        If your baby is obviously suffering with the teething process, then teething gels may help relieve the discomfort. If you or your baby are really desperate then Calpol is often the choice of pain relief used by many, or the regular infant Paracetamol can also be used. However personally I feel that the use of medication for infants should be kept to a bare minimum where possible.

        When my son first started teething at 6 months I used to give him a clean flannel, which he loved to chew on, you can also dampen it so it's cold. However do make sure you replace and wash this daily to stop germs from building up on the flannel.

        I had a look around for any teething aids, and found the Tommee tippee Gummy Teether (which I purchased from boots) to be the best for the first stage of teething, these are in the shape and style of a dummy that has a curved end and chewy handle. It is the perfect size for little hands, they can also be cooled in the fridge .They were the only teething aid I used in the first stage.

        Since then I have bought the Tommee Tippee teething keys. I have found these to be very good. They consist of a plastic ring with three plastic key shaped parts that hang of it with the key section being a soft gel like design.

        Once the front teeth were starting to come through, I would give him a slice of dry toast without the crusts, he really love to gnaw on the toast and eat it! Teething babies enjoy a slice of toast.

        I also tried the bickie pegs which I didn't like much as I found they were fiddly and quite messy.

        He also quite likes a feeding spoon to chew on, I would recommend to only give this to your child whilst they are either sitting on you or in their highchair to help prevent any risk of injury or accident.

        Cold foods can also provide some relief as it will help to sooth the gum's, also a cold drink of water will cool the mouth.

        Comfort and distraction can also help; try finding something different for your little one to do to take their mind of off the teething discomfort.

        As your baby gets older and once they are on finger foods, carrot sticks cold from the fridge are good for them to chew on.
        I would advise against giving anything frozen, chilled in the fridge is cold enough to help soothe a little ones gum's.

        And of course lots of cuddles.

        I hope this has helped you understand the teething process a little bit better, and will help you through this rather demanding, but wholly satisfying time.

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          07.10.2008 13:49
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          Bear it, to get the grin

          Three weeks ago I thought Bryn had started teething. He was drooling a lot and chewing on my fingers and his hands all the time. I asked the nursery nurse at our clinic who said unless I could feel anything, he wasn't. Give him a toy to chew on.

          A week later, he was getting more upset as he chewed so I asked some oral health people who were talking at baby club. They repeated what the nursery nurse had said, but said to look into stage 1 teethers. Stage 1 teethers are for before any teeth start to get near the gum surface and break through, but for while the teeth are starting to move down. Many can be refrigerated to help babies deal with this discomfort. We invested in a Tommy Tippee Gummy. He chewed on this a bit, but was still upset, drooling and wanting to chew on my fingers a lot.

          A week later, someone at a parent and toddler group commented that she thought he was teething, and on that day, he was more upset than usual. I felt round inside his mouth and could feel a couple of teeth that were nearly breaking through on the bottom, but also some that had come through the side rather than the bite surface on the top. I wish I'd trusted my instincts! Anyway, since teeth were cutting through, we progressed to a stage 2 teether. These are designed to be bitten down on by the front of the mouth to soothe teething there.

          We haven't reached it yet, but stage 3 teethers are to reach the back of the mouth. Teething can start at any time, but the norm is about 6 months. My son was 4.5 months when this started for us.

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            04.09.2008 09:45
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            what hapens when a baby is teething?

            There are a lot of differing opinions about what constitutes a baby teething. Some have "loose" nappies, others have broken nights. They might be chewing more on things, pink cheeks, grizzly, sore bottoms. But how do you know when your baby is about to cut a tooth?

            This is my second child, and my first dd was a long time ago and trying to remember when she was teething isn't easy. As I can't remember much I can only assume we didn't have too much trouble with the teeth. I remember she didn't get her first tooth until she was eight months old.
            Some babies are born with teeth, and some don't get them until six months plus or even later.

            My second dd is currently 15 months old and she has a grand total of two teeth, yep that's right just two. She goes to nursery two days a week whilst I work, and the staff there are always outing any grumps and grumbles down to teething, but is this always the case?

            DD got her first tooth at 11 months old, just before her first birthday, and at the time I wouldn't have been able to tell you she was teething. People tell me that she would have bad nappies that have a vinegary smell, but I couldn't tell any difference. We didn't have any broken nights, or red cheeks. She was occasionally off her food, but she has bouts of that which I assume is her being fussy, not hungry or just doesn't want what I'm trying to feed her.

            Tooth number two came when she was 13 months old. Again I wouldn't have been able to tell you she was teething. Looking back however, there was one pattern with both teeth. A few days before each tooth cut, she had a horrible cough during the night. She seems to have an almost constant cold with going to nursery as they all pass it around, so we just put the cough down to having a cold, but it always stopped for a while after she cut the tooth.

            Will this be a pattern to each tooth? I'm not sure, but I think every parent will find a certain something that will attribute to their child cutting teeth. My dd lately has a constantly sore bum, but no teeth are to be found even though everyone else says "ah she's teething". How do you know? Has she told you?

            Being a parent, and trying to find what is wrong with your child and what they need isn't always easy when they can't communicate properly with you. I believe you have to go on your instincts, and if you as a parent believes that your child has rosy cheeks due to teeth you're probably right.

            I have tried a few things over the past year to ease what I thought may have been teething. I don't know if any of them helped or not as no teeth arrived, but you will try anything when you have exhausted all possibilities and still have a grumbly baby.
            - Teething gel
            - Cold teethers
            - Carrot sticks (older babies)
            - Ice pops (older babies)
            - Medicine (last resort)
            - Dummy
            - Teething sachets
            I hope this might help an exhausted parent if there seems no end to the pain with no teeth. The later the babies get the teeth the better so I'm thanking my lucky stars right now she seems fine with two teeth and dreading her cutting the back ones when it happens!!

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              18.07.2008 20:22
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              it will pass

              Teething! What fun! My son is now 21 months, he was rubbish at sleeping always waking up during the night , "oh it's probably down to teething" I'd say. He'd have a snotty nose, "Oh, it's probably teething" I'd say. He's got bad nappies "Oh, he's teething!". Everyone child suffers teething differently. Some get their first tooth at 6 months, some earlier, some are even born with a tooth, and some are late starters. Some don't suffer with it, whilst others are really suffer badly. My son cut his first tooth at 8 months and boy, did we know about it. It was 2 nights before we went on our first holiday and he was burning with a high temperature and you could probably fry an egg on his cheeks. I ended up giving him medised medicine and then had him sleep in our bed out of the covers with only a nappy on whilst my husband slept in the spare room. Needless to say, I got very little sleep. In the morning you wouldn't have even known that he hadn't been well. We went on holiday, he never slept too well and was a bit wingey at times and on the last day (a week since he was ill) there were 2 teeth that were breaking through the gum. I was so excited and made sure that it was noted in his baby book. It was then another 2 months before he cut another 2 teeth. We were always given warnings signs of teething; he had runny nappies, snotty nose and red rosy cheeks. By the time he had 4 teeth I was looking forward to this teething business being over. By 14 months he was cutting teeth left, right and centre.
              I found that the best way to deal with the teething was to give him plenty of water, the occasional dose of medicine and when he was a bit older a little ice cream or yoghurt. He would be really off his food but I would give him lots of yoghurt with fruit liquidised in it (like banana) so that he didn't go hungry and made sure he had plenty of hugs. It's not an easy time for parents but it passes.

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              18.07.2008 18:00
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              This is a horrible ordeal for both parents and babies, but a necessary one!

              Teething is a natural stage of physical development that all healthy babies go through. The unfortunate thing about it is that the signs of teething and the symptoms endured can be both varied and ambigious. Some little ones suffer very little, and make few complaints, whilst others experience extreme discomfort- even pain, as their teeth erupt.

              Sadly, it is practically impossible to explain to a young baby why they must endure this miserable phase, and they arent able to understand reason at this age. The best that can be done is give them plenty of comfort, in the form of cuddles, painkilling remedies (medicinal, herbal, or in the form of 'teethers'), and plenty of fluids to replace those lost through copious drooling.



              ~What is Teething?~
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              Teething rate varies between babies. Some infants are born with a couple of teeth, whilst others dont get a tooth until they are 6 or 7 months, or even later sometimes. My daughter got her first tooth at 8 months, and then they came thick and fast. I actually lost track.

              The more difficult teeth, pain and discomfort wise, are the dreaded molars- we, as adults, know this because of the trauma of wisdom teeth! Molars are obviously more problematic for babies than incisors, because they have more edges to cut through the gum and they are denser. Molars often make a first appearance between the ages of thirteen and eighteen months.



              ~What are the Signs of Teething?~
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              Teething and teething pain are two separate issues. Teething babies who dont suffer particularly badly may just experience a bit of general upset or restlessness. They may drool more than usual, and gnaw at their bottle teat, dummy, or toys. Their hands and fingers may be thrust into their mouths a lot of the time in an effort to tease the teeth through the gum. The rubbing motion may ease the irritation of cutting teeth. When my daughter was teething, very often she seemed to be aggrivated by her teeth- like her gums were itching or burning with the friction of the teeth moving beneath the gum. The point just before they actually cut seems to be the most acute time for true pain, and relief is felt when the tooth actually surfaces.


              *Teething Pain/Upset*


              These symptoms could signify teething trouble:


              - Flushed cheeks, often hot to the touch

              - Rubbing of the ears, with the fists

              - A runny nose/ saliva drooling from the mouth

              - Runny stools ( from general upset or from putting mucky hands in their mouth alot to soothe discomfort)

              - Restless/ disturbed sleep

              - Whinging/ Crying/ Moaning/ Fretfulness



              ~Remedies for Teething~
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              Obviously the older the baby, the more scope you have for remedies. Old remedies include:


              *Rubbing the gum with your clean wet finger*

              *Teething biscuits such as 'Bickie Pegs'* Suitable from 6 months



              I found the following very helpful:


              *Topical Teething Gels* (Dentinox, Calgel, Bonjela all mild local anaesethics)

              *Teethers* Especially the ones that are cooled in the refridgerator

              *Nurofen for Children or Calpol for Infants* (Particularly at night-time)

              *Chamomile Sachets* (I bought these for my daughter from Boots.)



              So, there you have it. Teethting is a miserable old affair, but the main thing is to be on hand for your baby with lots of cuddles and love. Distraction and plenty of rest should help too.

              Thanks for reading! x

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                26.02.2008 23:55

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                an effective way to cool gums and reduce temperatures

                You will probably remember yourself from when you cut your wisdom teeth how painful it is so just imagine cutting a whole mouth full of teeth at the same time.

                Both my daughters used to run a temperature wholst teething and have a sore bottom as it also seemed to upset there stomach.

                Nappy barrier cream was the only solution i found to the rash but for the teething itself i found that using frozen tip tops to cool there gums also helped to reduce there temperature and it was a lot cheaper than buying teething rings and constantly steralising them.

                I used to leave the plastic wrapper on the tip top and allow my daughter to chew on it like that untill she reached 7 months old when i started to cut the top off the tip tops and allow her to eat them,

                I found this method a lot easier, cheaper and it worked wanders for her temperature aswell as helping to sooth her gums.

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                25.05.2007 23:51
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                Review based on my baby's experience and may be different for yours

                My little boy has been teething since he was about 3 months, although he hasn't cut any teeth yet (he's 5 months now)! He rams his little fist in his mouth so fiercely he makes himself sick, and tries to chew on your hand (or finger, shoulder or anything else within reach) leaving a big trail of dribble everywhere he goes). I have tried all kinds of things to help his discomfort and have got, from Tommee Tippee, the following items which I will give my opinion on.

                gummy dummy- around £3.50. this is similar to a dummy but has a soft jelly like piece instead of a teat. It is shaped to fit between the gums so the baby can bite on it, and the handle is made of the same thing. My son always looks very confused when Ihe puts it into his mouth (he has a dummy) and doesn't keep it in long enough for it to have any benefit. you can chill it in the fridge and also add teething gel if you like. I would imagine this would be better for babies who aren't used to a dummy. It also comes with a hygiene cover, a plastice 'cap' that keeps it clean, although the handle is still exposed.

                the puzzle teether £4.99-This doubles up as a rattle and is made of 6 U shaped pieces that bend and twist.3 pieces are made of clear plastic with coloured balls inside and the other 3 are coloured plastic with hard rubber ridges on them. There are also 3 rings that slide around the whole thing. My son likes to hold this in his hand but tends to hit himself on the head with it. I also find it hurts his gums because it is so hard. May be better for older babies.

                water filled teethers £3.50 approx. These are my favourites as they are small enough for babies to hold and aren't too hard. You get two in a pack , red in the shape of a strawberry and green in the shape of a bunch of grapes. They are made of a softer plastic and have a hole where baby can grip them. You put them in the fridge and the coldness is meant to relieve painful gums. My son bites on these for quite a while but I find it a bit of a pain to sterilise them as I have a microwave steriliser which I can't use them in because they will melt. You are advised to use cold water steriliser but I just leave them in boiling water for 5 minutes, then pop them in the fridge til they are cold. I would definitely recommend these for babies who havn't got any teeth yet.

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                  Teething is awful - but hopefully these tips will help you through the worst!

                  Apparently, a few babies are actually born with one or more teeth (anyone ever met one? I haven't!) but for most mums one of the less pleasant milestones in your baby's early years is the dreaded teething. Now my son's 2 1/2, the memories are already beginning to fade a little (although I'm not convinced all of those back ones are really through yet), but here's a quick guide - from my own experience and from stuff I've read - of everything you should know about teething.

                  **When do we start?**

                  I found it's like everything - read the timeline in the baby book and then just ignore it! There is no real set time for most things. My son cut his first tooth at around 6 months, which I gather is about average. I've never heard of an adult who hasn't grown teeth, so don't panic!

                  **How do you know baby is teething?**

                  Well, the appearance of a tooth is actually quite late on in the process and you can go through hours or days of agony before you get to that stage, so it's important to recognise some of the early signs. Equally, try to not 'cry wolf' - some mothers tend to blame every cry or tantrum on teething, and then you get little sympathy when it really does start! Anyway, some key signs include :

                  - being grumpy and irritable (the baby - not you!)
                  - disturbed sleep (again, I mean the little one..)
                  - sore and red gums
                  - lack of interest in food
                  - red cheeks, like they're sunburned
                  - being a bit hot - not a full blown fever, just a bit warm
                  - vast quantities of dribble over everything
                  - constant chewing and biting - my little one went straight for his fingers
                  - soreness at the other end - we really suffered with this - it makes the poo acidic, apparently. Also bear in mind if you're breast feeding, their saliva is acidic - ouch!

                  **So what can we do?**

                  Now then, the million dollar question. I've split this bit into two.

                  A. Things I tried and worked for us:

                  1. Teething gel. This is a bit fiddly, and does involve a finger into the mouth which can be a little hazardous, but my son seemed to get instant relief and the effects seemed to last for a decent amount of time. There are several brands on the market, but we used Bonjela which is a quite famous one. It's a little tube of clear gel which is applied regularly direct onto to the gum and actually numbs it for the child. I liked it because it was colour and sugar free (don't want to rot them as they arrive...) and was handy when you're out and about.
                  £2.79 at Boots

                  2. Teething powders. These are a natural remedy that I spotted in the chemist one day. They consist of little blue packets of powder (Boots Alternative Teething Relief). They rate even higher on the fiddly stakes because you have to empty the packet into the child's mouth - mind you, by this stage you'll do anything! Again, my son seemed to find a decent amount of relief, liked the taste and they were easy to pop into the changing bag. They're a bit more expensive, but Boots often do 3 for 2 offers in this range.
                  £3.99 at Boots

                  3. Teething rings. We got a John Lennon one that you could put in the fridge, and my son quite liked that - pick carefully though. Go for one that is textured and has a handle of some sort for them to grip onto otherwise they get even more annoyed than they already are!
                  From £2

                  4. Dried apple slices. Our local health food shop sells bags of dried apple slices with a convenient hole in the middle, and my son chewed on them quite happily. Adds to the dribble, but stops chewing of fingers etc.

                  B. Things I tried that didn't work for us:

                  1. Bickiepegs. They're little, old fashioned, very, very hard biscuits that they can chew on to help teething. But they are so hard that once his first tooth was through, I was too scared to give him any more in case he chipped a tooth! I'm sure other, less paranoid mothers have used them for years...

                  2. Teething keys. They are large, bright plastic keys on a sort of key ring. And they were just about the only thing that he refused to put into his mouth during teething!



                  So, there you go - hope that's all of some help when you're choosing how to deal with this yourself. And remember, as soon as that first tooth is through, you need to start teeth cleaning - and that's another story all in itself....

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                    I know, you must all think I am completely mad wishing the tooth fairy to arrive with teeth but when you are faced with your daughter's first birthday in a couple of weeks and she is still Miss Gummy United, then of course you might understand! My son was relatively late with his teeth, the first one poking through at about 8 months but she is beating him hands and feet down! I know, I should be thankful that at least I havent had any sleepless nights pacing the floor with a hot grouchy baby who wants to sleep but her gums hurt too much. But you cannot say I am prepared, I have cool teethers ready in the fridge, Calpol and Ibuprofen (best thing my Doctor has ever prescribed!) and teething gel by the bucket load - but STILL NO TEETH! All my friends babies have teeth, one poor chap was 6 weeks old when his first tooth came through. I thought she might struggle a bit with eating, especially lumpy food but she just gums and sucks everything to death and gives you a toothless grin whilst doing it! You should see her demolish a slice of toast. Now I know getting the pliers out wont help and they will come along at their own speed - never know I might be really lucky and she will sprout a number at once! but part of me still feels she is going to be toothless for the rest of her life - do they make dentures for babys ?? Oh well, should enjoy her gummy grin whilst I can as it is really cute but it would be nice to have one tooth for her birthday!

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                      It's been a whole 3 years now since I had to paise the floor at the craziest hours of the morning, with a child screaming its little head off because of the pain of teething. 3 years, a long time, but I remember it vividly. We had 4 of the little blighters to go through it all with. It is one of the toughest torments sent on the households of families with small children. It's heartbreaking watching the tiny face of a child you abore being srewed up in obvious pain. It would bring a tear to the most jaded of eyes. For me, the only thing that ever helped was a rub with bonjella, a spoonful of calpol and a bucket load of TLC. Like every other childhood ailment or problem, it passes and you move on to the next stage. But quite often, teething can be just as traumatic for the parents envolved. I know that we personally aren't feeling the pain, but those endless hours of pacing the floors can take their toll on the best of mums. And dads too, for that matter. I had a really bad time with post natal depression after the birth of my son, and when he got to the teething stage, I was so far into myself that it was a total nightmare to have to pace floors and listen to screaming. I came close to shaking my wee son on more than one occasion when I couldn't make him stop crying. It's not a fact that I'm proud of, and thank god, I never reached that depth of dispair. Not quite anyway. The reason for this opinion is simply to point out to people that although the child is the one who is physically suffering, spare a thought for the parents too. You never know, maybe someday, some big drugs company will develop a cream like bonjella for the brains of mums and dads at the end of their tethers.

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                        18.03.2001 14:49

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                        Dummies have always been a pet hate of mine - if there's one thing I can't stand it's seeing a toddler with a dummy and refusing to go anywhere without it. Thankfully, I've been blessed with two gorgeous daughters who've never needed to use one. Always laid back and VERY content, the thought of giving them a dummy never occured to me. On the other hand, my friend has a 3 year old son. She's been trying for ages to get him out of the habit, but he still manages to sneak it into his pockets and out of the house. The first time my eldest daughter saw it, bearing in mind she was just over 18 months old, she said "Mama, whassatt?" She hadn't a clue what to do with it - wonderful. If you think you can get through the early baby stages without a dummy, then go for it. We did, and it's one things I'll always be grateful for. No screaming temper tantrums at bedtime because the dreaded dumdum has gone missing; no arguments and no prospect of her refusing to go to school without her beloved dumdum, because there's never been one!

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                        17.03.2001 05:36
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                        I will start off by saying sorry if this opinion is in the wrong catogary.My daughter is teething at the moment so I thought I would give you some information about teething. Most babys cut their first tooth at about six months although some babys get teeth before my daughter had two at five months and some babys are born with teeth.Some babys breeze through teething where as others suffer a lot of pain.Your child will not have all of his/hers teeth till they are around two and a half years old. You can help your baby but make sure your child is teething and not poorly.One of the first signs your baby is cutting a tooth will be a whiteish bump under the gum other signs are chewing her/his hands,red cheeks,dribbaling,crying,not eating and waking at night.Your baby may begin to pull her/his ears while teething although this could be a sign of an ear infection so its best to see a docter. Your baby will chew on anything she/he is holding while teething give her/him rusks,teething biscuits,sticks of raw carrot/apples.Never put this food in to a freezer as your child could get frostbite. Some babys take comfort from having there gums rubbed.Finally at this distressing time give your baby lots of cuddles and comforting. WAYS TO HELP RELIEVE THE PAIN. 1)Buy two teething rings so that one can be used whilst other is sterilised. 2)Buy an extra bottle of infant paracetamol,so that you can keep one in your changing bag. 3)Offer chilled food at mealtimes instead of warm .This may offer some temporary relief. PRODUCTS TO RELIEVE PAIN. 1)Bonjela. 2)Ashton and parson powders. 3)Calpol. 4)Bickie pegs. I hope this opinion is useful.

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                        16.03.2001 18:15
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                        I couldn't find a section relevent so i've just written under dummies . --------------------------------------------- Dirty dummies , we all know the scene baby is irritable in town so you give her the dummy , then she coughs and spits it out on the floor - middle of town , crying baby , no clean dummy . Anyone with kids has been there !!! Whilst in boots we noticed dummy holders . Basically they are strong plastic discs with a clip attached to a short piece of fabric . Basically you clip any sort of dummy ( via the handle) onto to the holder and clip the plastic clip to your tots clothes either a fold in the material , pocket or lapel . The fabric is short enough to not be a stangulation hazard and stops the dummy falling on the floor when your baby is sat down . The clips are suitable from birth and saves so much hastle when nursing babies or when your out with the pram , as the dummies never fall onto the floor . The clips are made from high quality materials , we've had our 4 ages and they look brand new . You should check the holders before each use and discard them if they become weak or damaged . It is commom sense not to lengthen the fabric as it may cause strangulation . You must supervise your tot when they have got one on and we don't let our tot sleep when she has hers on . The only draw back with these is that when you baby gets bigger they pull at the fabric and get cross when they pull the dummy out. Larger babies can pull the clips off completely , but then they are able to put the dummy in themselves anywhere , so no sleep lost there. Holders generally cost about 2 pounds for a pack of 2 , they last so long , and you can get ones to match your dummies . Some come with coiled plastic or ribbon/ fabric with little variation in price . If your tot uses a dummy , these are invaluable acessories

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