We all know too well that the teething period can be painful for baby (and parents!), and that it is not always the most enjoyable time.


To celebrate the fun side of teething and its milestones, Calpol has launched a nationwide search for a little teething character - and we couldn't be more excited!


To enter, log onto www.littlecharacterscompetition.ie and upload a picture of the very first tooth, the epic dribbling, or a satisfying chomp on the perfect teething toy to be in with a chance of winning a professional family photo shoot, a family pass for a leading Irish attraction, and a chance to feature as Calpol’s Facebook star for 2017!


Teeth usually begin to appear between 6 and 9 months, and during this time, babies try to chew on anything in sight - mobile phones and keys are crowd pleasers.


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Teething symptoms to look out for include sore red gums where a tooth is coming through, and flushed cheeks. Some babies may be slightly more irritable than usual and dribble a lot more.


As this can be a rather uncomfortable process for your little one, Calpol has put together some top teething tips to help soothe the pain:


  •          Cool baby’s teething ring in the fridge, if suitable
  •          Cool drinks or soft foods such as yoghurt
  •          Play with baby to distract them from the pain of their gums
  •          Try a liquid paracetamol medicine such as Calpol Infant Suspension


Despite the ups and downs of the teething period, there are precious moments to capture and look forward to as well - think cute gappy grins, crazy faces, or the times you’ve caught them chewing away happily in their own little world!


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To enter your bub into Calpol’s Little Characters competition, visit www.littlecharacterscompetition.ie to upload photos and details.


The top three silly faces and teething dribble superstars will win a professional family photo shoot, a family pass for a selected Irish attraction and the chance to be the face of Calpol’s 2017 Facebook page.


The closing date is 18th June 2017.