Teething Advice from Ashton & Parsons

Teething Advice from Ashton & Parsons
For many babies, teething is tough. As new teeth push up and start to emerge, little gums become swollen and tender. Your once calm, placid baby may disappear... temporarily.

Sometimes you can see or feel the swelling of a new tooth bud. Other teething signs to look for include:

Loss of appetite

Eating and breastfeeding stimulates blood flow to your baby's mouth, which can make sore gums even more sensitive. So your baby might not want to eat as much as usual. Anything touching your baby's mouth may not be tolerated.
Restlessness and irritability - If your baby's gums are hurting, they're likely to be irritable and unhappy. Add to that difficulty going to sleep and some nights of unsettled sleep due to the discomforts and it's easy to understand why your little one is tired and grumpy.

Flushed cheeks

As teeth push through the gums, irritation can cause one or both of your baby's cheeks to become red.

Gnawing on hard objects

Chewing down on blocks, your fingers, toys or anything else they can grab gives a little relief. Biting may become apparent at this stage too.

Lots of drooling

The telltale dribble can cause a rash around your baby's mouth, chin and neck

Teething Tips for Parents

We've been helping to soothe the discomforts of teething for generations. And we've picked up plenty of other teething tips in that time too:

Teething toys or rings

Made to satisfy your baby's natural instinct to chew on something, teething toys and rings can often be chilled in the fridge for an extra soothing effect. It's recommended to sterilise them in boiling water first.

If you don't have a teething ring, a cold wet flannel can work just as well. Older babies can chew on chilled sticks of vegetables such as carrot or cucumber, or a crust of bread, in younger babies this could be a choking risk so is best avoided. It's best to avoid foods that contain added sugar, including rusks.

Playtime and cuddles

Sometimes the distraction of a toy or playtime with mummy or daddy will be enough to take your baby's mind off their teething pain. Many babies just want to be held and soothed by comforting cuddle power.

Cool drinks

Over the age of 6 months, a bottle or beaker of cold water or milk can help soothe inflamed and tender gums. Extra drinks are a good idea if your baby is dribbling a lot, to help them stay well hydrated. The best option is to give them cool water - just make sure it is not too cold.

Cool, sugar-free drinks will help to soothe your baby's gums and may help if they are dribbling excessively. The best option is to give them cool water - just make sure it is not too cold.

Massaging gums

If your baby will let you, rubbing the sore gums gently in a circular motion can ease the pressure and pain of teeth pushing up.

Dealing with dribble

Constant dribbling can make your baby's chin sore. Wiping their face and patting it dry every so often can stop them getting a rash. A 'neckerchew' is a useful way to catch dribble and wipe baby's mouth which has a chewable section too. An emollient or barrier ointment can also be applied to baby's face to prevent the skin from drying out.


There are a variety of medicines that can also be used to relieve the discomfort of teething symptoms:
Ibuprofen or paracetamol suspensions

Topical anaesthetics, liquids and gels

Natural therapies such as teething powders - including Ashton & Parsons, as a natural product can be given hourly for up to 6 doses in 24 hours. If you are unsure about your diagnosis please speak to your GP or Pharmacist.

About Ashton and Parsons

Ashton and Parsons Infants' Powders have been used to soothe the symptoms of teething pain for over 100 years. Originally developed by Ashton & Parsons London, The City Homeopathic Pharmacies, they didn't take long to become popular with mums and dads across the UK.

Life has changed a lot since then but Ashton and Parsons is still relied upon by families everywhere as a gentle, natural remedy to help babies feel better again.

For decades, the powders have been made in the same way, on the same machinery. But when they became part of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd in 2011, it became clear that demand for this popular product outstripped the manufacturing ability so the opportunity was taken to update things a little. With the new fast shiny machinery and updated packaging, we are now operating at full steam and back on the shelves.

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