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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Grubs up: Veganism trend soaring among young Saudis

Updated 05 December 2019

Grubs up: Veganism trend soaring among young Saudis

  • Research shows that plant-based diets help lower body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol levels

JEDDAH: Although vegans are facing daily stereotypes regarding their dietary habits, the number of young people in the Kingdom shifting to an animal-free diet is rising.

The trend has been attributed to Saudis’ health concerns, especially with obesity. 

Research has revealed that more than 40 percent of Saudi citizens are obese. 

Online awareness campaigns are helping vegans to share their experiences with their eating habits. Several young Saudis were convinced to follow plant-based diets after watching the “Plant B” program during Ramadan. 

The show is a bilingual web series starring Bassem Youssef, an Egyptian surgeon. It explained the importance and the benefit of veganism on human health.  

The number of restaurants and home businesses that are serving vegan options are increasing every day.  

Raneem Al-Qurashi, 17, is a student and owner of the Nabati online business. She turned to veganism two years ago. She said: “I used to eat a generally healthy diet. So, when I turned vegan, I did not feel much of a difference. However, I did feel a lot lighter after meals, since meat takes a long time to digest. 

“I started this business out of my own needs for healthy vegan baked goods in Jeddah, about a year ago, there were little to no vegan options in Jeddah, and even if there were, it was usually overpriced.”

Young Saudis are increasingly becoming health conscious and adopting a healthy lifestyle to stay fit. (Photos/Supplied)

Al-Qurashi believes that veganism and plant-based diets are growing in Saudi Arabia. People have become more aware and conscious about their decisions and how it might affect their health, environment and animals.

Jawan Kudus, a 32-year-old entrepreneur and the founder of Raw Instinct, is vegan in her diet, but she has to try non-vegan dishes for culinary purposes, to acquire knowledge of new tastes and combinations. She started her vegan journey in 2009, while she was studying in London.

Kudus said: “I discovered the raw food diet and fell in love with it, it was like a breakthrough in my life. I learned to eat superfoods without sacrificing taste. Then I explored cooked vegan dishes and continued to experiment in the kitchen. It really transformed the way I eat and approach my diet. I believe veganism helps you become your true and best version of yourself.”

Abdullah Ghazi, a clinical psychologist and marriage therapist, explained that he had been a vegan for the last six months. He started by trying vegan dishes at restaurants, then trying to commit to a vegan meal a day. Eventually, his whole diet became vegan.

Ghazi said: “I was trying to find a better lifestyle because I’m getting into my 30s. Since I have a medical background, I could not try something new without doing my homework, and what I found was very encouraging. Research shows that plant-based diets are cost-effective, low-risk interventions that may lower body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. They may also reduce the number of medications needed to treat chronic diseases and lower heart disease mortality rates.”