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From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

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We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

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Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

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  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
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  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
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  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
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  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
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How long does teething last? All you need to know about teething

Teething can be a very painful time for infants with a number of different symptoms that can make them feel distressed and irritable. Teething can also cause a great deal of distress for parents watching their little ones in so much pain. The good news is that teething is not a constant process and will happen at different periods over the first 2-3 years of life. This article discusses what to expect with teething in your baby and ways to help manage the pain during this delicate time.

1: What is teething and when does teething start?

What is teething?

Teething refers to the process by which the tooth cuts through the gums into the mouth. However, the pain and discomfort associated with teething often occurs before you can actually see the tooth cut through the gum. At birth, the baby has a full set of 20 primary teeth (10 in the upper jaw, 10 in the lower jaw) hidden within the gums. Primary teeth are also known as baby teeth, milk teeth or deciduous teeth.

When does teething start and how long does it last?

A baby’s first primary tooth usually comes through at around six months of age, however this can occur as early as birth or as late as a child’s first birthday. Teething could then carry on for a year or more, but most children will have their full set of teeth from two to three years of age.

There is also no telling how long it will take for a tooth to make its way through the gum. Some babies are unsettled and unhappy for only a few days before a tooth is visible, while it is a more prolonged experience for others. After the first teeth are through (and you have breathed a sigh of relief), your baby may experience another difficult time around the age of one when their molars come through. Molars can cause significant discomfort and pain because they are situated at the back of the mouth and are the largest of all the teeth.

Teething is often a painful and unsettling time for your baby and new teeth can explain why your baby is discontent and apparently unwell. Parents generally accept that teething can be difficult, but they also want to know how long this phase will last and what remedies exist that will assist babies in distress caused by teething.

As you can see from the timeline below, your baby will have new teeth emerging over the course of about two years. It’s important to note that while your child will keep growing new teeth during this period, they won’t be teething the entire time.

2: What are the symptoms of teething?

If your baby is teething, you may notice a number of different symptoms keeping in mind that this is quite a painful process, your baby will need a lot of comfort during this time. For many infants and toddlers, symptoms of teething are quite minor and infrequent. The pain of teething tends to last for a few days, but if multiple teeth come through simultaneously, the pain can continue for longer. The range of symptoms and their severity varies between babies; your baby may cut teeth with no complaints at all or teething may bring lots of pain and tears for your bub. If symptoms of teething last for longer than a few days with no sign of a tooth, it’s possible that your baby’s pain and distress may be due to other causes.

Common symptoms include:

  • Red, swollen and bulging gums: Teething only causes irritation around the time your baby’s tooth is about to break through the gum. Teething pain generally lasts for only a couple of days, so longer periods of discomfort (commonly associated with teething) may be caused by something else. It should also be remembered that your baby has 20 milk teeth that will emerge over 2 years, and these will all cut through at different times, which may make it seem like the pain and irritability can last for months.
  • Cheeks that are flushed red
  • A rash on the face and/or chin
  • Excessive drooling
  • Biting, rubbing or sucking the gums
  • Tugging at the ear on the same side as the tooth that is erupting
  • Wakefulness during the day and night-time sleeplessness: Teething may cause your baby discomfort and irritation which could lead to periods of wakefulness during the night. However, if your baby doesn’t appear affected by teething discomfort during the day, the wakefulness at night may not be the result of teething. Other reasons for disturbed sleep could be the new skills that your baby is learning such as rolling over and sitting up, which he or she may be practicing at night without being able to settle down again.
  • Reluctance to feed or change in eating behaviours: the change in your baby’s appetite may occur due to the discomfort of teething. Your child’s gums will become sore and inflamed as a tooth pushes through, which can make your baby’s mouth start to hurt. This discomfort is ultimately what may turn your baby off eating
  • Mild fever: The Royal Children’s Hospital advises that children who are teething may have a fever of up to 38°C. However, a temperature greater than 38°C should never just be attributed to teething. It is more likely that an infection is present.
  • Irritability and unsettled behaviour
  • The appearance of a blister on the gum

3: How do you manage the symptoms of teething?

If your child is feeling pain from teething, there are many things you can do to assist with pain relief.

These include:

  • Gum massage: Making sure your fingers are clean, gently rub the sore areas of your baby’s gums providing some pressure which will provide some temporary relief
  • Teething toys: Soft plush, silicone and BPA free plastic toys are safe for your baby to chew on and could soothe their gums
  • Cold washcloth: Chill a damp, clean washcloth in the fridge or freezer and allow your child to suck or chew on which will provide some pain relief and reduce the swelling
  • Teething rusks: When babies are teething it is a painful time for them as new teeth begin to cut through the gums. But babies instinctively chew things, both to get the teeth through and to try to ease the discomfort. Bellamy’s Organic Milk Rusks can bring your baby’s gums extra relief during the teething months. Designed so that your baby can bite down hard without cracking or splintering the rusk, they are a great alternative to teething rings because they are made from certified organic milk and wheat and contain no added sugar. You can also try popping them in the fridge to bring extra relief to your baby’s sore gums.
  • If your baby is old enough, try giving them chilled water (previously boiled) in a bottle or cup. You may also offer cold fruit purees or plain yoghurt, which all assist in soothing the gums
  • If your baby has a facial rash, use a soft cotton cloth to gently wipe the drool away from their face. Take care not to rub the inflamed area and use a barrier cream to provide protection from further irritation.
  • Medicine: If home remedies aren’t working, ask your healthcare professional for some advice. Children’s paracetamol is often considered next line treatment for pain relief, but you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist to determine if this is the right treatment for your baby

4: How do you look after primary teeth?

You should consider the health of your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Tooth decay can affect children of all ages, so it’s important to help prevent this by regular cleaning.

You can do this by gently brushing or rubbing their teeth using water. At this age, toothpaste is not necessary however, you may wish to consider using a children’s toothpaste twice per day.

Summary

Teething can be a very painful time for infants with a number of different symptoms that can make them feel distressed and irritable. Teething can occur from around 6 months but the good new is that by the age of 2-3, your baby should have their first set of teeth. There are a number of various strategies that can be used to help soothe swollen and tender gums and it is important that once these first teeth come through, that they are properly cared for by brushing a good oral hygiene.

Disclaimer: The content of this document is solely for educational purposes and should not be substituted for medical advice. You are solely responsible for forming your own opinions and conclusions on such matters and for making your own independent assessment of the information. Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about your baby’s health.

About the author

Marisa Nastasi is an Accredited Practising Dietitian for Bellamy’s Organic. She specialises in children's nutrition and has recently completed further studies in paediatric dietetics. She has worked in the industry for 8 years and has developed a strong working knowledge on how good quality diets can benefit the health of children so that they can develop to their full potential.

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  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
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