You don't need us to tell you that teething is a difficult time for both you and your child - since you're already going through it. But, have you considered using baby teething gels?
Yes, there are lots of ways that you can help reduce your baby's gum pain. From the best teething toys to best silicone teething necklaces there's a solution out there that will work for your family.
It's no surprise that all babies start teething at different rates, but it's useful to know what signs to look out for - read our full guide around when do babies start teething here.
How do teething gels work?
One of the fastest and best ways to soothe your little one is by using teething gels. Baby teething gels aren't for everyone and according to the NHS website, "If you do decide to use a gel, make sure you use a teething gel that's specially designed for young children. General oral pain relief gels are not suitable for children."
It then goes on to add, "Teething gels contain a mild local anaesthetic and are only available from pharmacies. Speak to a pharmacist for further advice."
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The best baby teething gels:
Now that you're armed with all the information you need around teething, it's time to find out more about the best baby teething gels. Here are some of our favourites.
Use the soft applicator to gently apply to your baby's gums and wait for the gel to build a protective layer to help reduce pain and irritation. We love that it is lactose, sugar, alcohol and local anaesthetic free.
Soap, fragrance, colour and parabens free, this teething gel aims to numb and relieve your baby's teething symptoms.
Calpol is a go-to for most families and this teething gel doesn't disappoint. However, please be aware that this does contain anaesthetic; it's also recommended for infants over three months. Before use, remember to always consult with a medical professional.
Bonjela claims to relieve teething pain and other mouth pain such as ulcers, sore spots and cold sores. What's not to love?
Recommended for children over five months, ANBESOL Teething Gel contains an anaesthetic and claims to be a quick-acting and effective relief of pain.