(Morgan cut his first (top left) at 9 months and his fourth 3 weeks before his first birthday.)
In the few weeks before she cut her tooth I could see 6 white buds under her gums, four at the top and 2 at the bottom, so I was expecting the bottom ones first. In the few days leading up to her tooth appearing, she was very restless at night, waking up more than usual. We gave her Calpol before she went to sleep to help with the pain, which seemed to help. I spoke to my Health Visitor and she suggested using Nurofen for children. This would help to ease the pain better when the teeth cut through the muscles in her gums. She had slightly messier nappies than usual!
I noticed that her first tooth appeared when she had bitten into my arm: I wasn't sure at first, but on taking a look there it was her first tooth. I was a proud mummy. She slept better after the tooth appeared. She was 8 months.
Within about 6 weeks, she has gone from no teeth to six! She has 4 top teeth and 2 bottom ones. The bottom ones didn't come first, but the top one. She has had a few restless nights, but she has coped well (as well as me and her dad!). It's funny to see her with a toothy smile instead of just gums. Her next two bottom teeth are on the way now.
I brush her teeth morning and night with Macleans milk teeth toothpaste made for children 0-6. She is good about opening her mouth to let her teeth be brushed. I make a game out of it. I also gave her a toothbrush to play with when she was younger so that she would not be afraid of it when it came to brushing for real.
This site is not official advice: just one mum's experience!
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