It is a distressing time for a baby which is no less upsetting for its parents. No-one likes to see their baby crying in pain or unable to sleep due to the pain of their newly emerging teeth.

So ensure that your baby is cuddled and comforted throughout the entire process. The symptoms come and go as each tooth makes an appearance but your baby will display these symptoms some time before this happens. This is what is responsible for the dribbling, chewing and crankiness in your baby.

The main issue is sore gums so look at ways of soothing these. Use a cooling gel or a teething ring which has been pre-chilled beforehand. A damp flannel or cloth is equally as effective and gives your baby a change from rubber rings and toys.

Teething causes your baby to drool much more than is normal so keep a supply of flannels or towels nearby to wipe away the excess saliva. A plastic bib which ties behind the neck is useful.

If your baby is experiencing a great deal of discomfort then give him/her a painkiller such as paracetamol but choose one which is designed for babies and toddlers. Nurofen for children is one option as is Calpol and both of these are popular with parents. But check that your baby is not sickening for something such as a stomach bug, cold or ear infection as the symptoms of these often mimic teething.

Your baby will need extra reassurance during this period as they will be clingy, prone to crying and off colour. So give him/her a few extra hugs and kisses and generally, comfort your baby.

Teething is one of several milestones in a baby’s development which cannot be avoided. But there are ways of making it easier for both you and your baby which include teething aids, Calpol and cuddles.