Teething can be a distressing time for your baby and you too. We’ve put together an action plan of teething tips, so you can all get through it without gritting your teeth.
Sep 22, 2020
Try taking your baby’s mind off their troublesome teeth with a change of scenery or play.
Consider giving your baby a teething ring to provide relief from the pain.
Try cooling a teething ring in the fridge but never in the freezer.
If your baby is six months or older, chewing a bread crust or bread stick, under supervision of course, can help.
A piece of peeled cucumber, cooled in the fridge, can work well too.
Avoid rusks or biscuits as they contain sugar, which can cause tooth decay.
There’s no evidence to support that teething gels are effective, but if you decide to try one, make sure it’s specially designed for babies.
The same goes for homeopathic teething gels, though again, if you decide to try one, make sure it’s licensed for use in your country. Some unlicensed products have been linked to serious side effects.
Paracetamol and ibuprofen can be given as pain-relief to babies three months or older. Follow the instructions on the medicine pack or speak with your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you’re unsure.
As soon as teeth appear, brush them with a fluoride toothpaste.
Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Nestlé Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.
The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.
Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest evidence-based information to ensure you feel supported and confident that you’re giving your baby the best possible nutrition.