Baby talk: Signs and symptoms of teething and how to deal with it

Updated 03 December 2019

Baby talk: Signs and symptoms of teething and how to deal with it

  • Teething starts at five to seven months of age

DUBAI: Teething starts with the bottom front teeth and usually these make an appearance at five to seven months of age.  Teething can be a tricky time for parents and child. Some seem to teeth grow with little or no pain or discomfort at all and just seem to appear in your child’s mouth overnight!  Other times you may notice one or several symptoms that a tooth is coming through. It is important always to check for other reasons for your baby to be exhibiting any of the below symptoms listed below particularly ear discomfort or fever, but here are some clues that teeth are on their way.

Signs to look out for: 

  • You may notice that a gum is sore and red where the tooth is coming through.
  • A tooth may be visible below the gum
  • Your baby may have a flushed cheek on the side the tooth is coming through.
  • Your baby may drool land dribble more than usual
  • Your baby may try to bite, chew and suck on everything he or she can get his or her hands on.
  • Your baby may rub his or her face on one side.


  • There may be swollen bulging areas of the gum.
  • Your baby may be generally fretful and unsettled with no other explanation.
  • Your baby may have difficulty sleeping or may wake more than usual.
  • Your baby may grab or pull their ears particularly on one side.

Some people attribute diarrhoea and fever to teething where no other explanation is apparent, however there is little research to prove that these symptoms are linked. 

You know your baby best.  If their behavior seems unusual or their symptoms are severe or causing you concern than seek medical advice from your care professional.  Teething can be a difficult time for parents and baby, but it is short lived and with comfort and understanding you can help your little one through the teething troubles.

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This Lebanese food shop is providing meals for Beirut blast victims

Updated 12 August 2020

This Lebanese food shop is providing meals for Beirut blast victims

DUBAI: On the night of the Beirut port blasts, which killed 154 civilians and injured thousands on August 4, Lebanese food shop owner Nabil Khoury and his brother decided to launch one of the very first initiatives for distributing packaged meals to those impacted by the catastrophe. Within a week, more than 3,000 meals have been cooked in the kitchen of Khoury’s vegetarian delicatessen, “Dry & Raw.”

In an Instagram post, the company shared: “We are all one in this. This is the least we can do for you, for us and for our country.”

With the help of staff and numerous young volunteers, along with Khoury’s loyal clients (who generously donated meat and poultry), a variety of hot meals incorporating carbohydrates and proteins, sandwiches and salads have been distributed to many, including selfless medical doctors, volunteers and families in need.

“With the donations, I cannot tell you how much people love to help each other — it’s overwhelming,” Khoury, 45, told Arab News.

He collaborated with the Lebanese Red Cross, the Lebanese Food Bank and local NGO Hot Pot Meal to deliver food to different parts of Beirut, such as Gemmayze, Mar Mikhael and Karantina, which were all severely damaged by the explosions.

“No picture or video could describe the damage that has occurred,” he explained, adding how the country was already suffering from an economic meltdown and the coronavirus pandemic. “In the early hours, people were busy helping each other, takingothers to hospitals, and burying the dead. But now, they are very angry at the whole system. Our government has resigned, but this is not the solution — the whole corrupt system has to step down. This explosion broke the last bone in our back.”

Having previously worked for NGOs, Khoury opened “Dry & Raw” in February 2020; a few months after the October uprising that witnessed nationwide anti-government protests.

Encouraging local food production, Khoury claims the conceptual shop is the “first of its kind” in Lebanon, offering organic, vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian foods, which have been produced in-house.

In addition, select produce is grown at the shop’s own farm.

Khoury recalled: “People criticized the fact that we opened the shop in the midst of an economic crisis, but we said: ‘This is the future and we should really start local production now’.”