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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5 reasons to add eggs to your diet

Updated 21 September 2020

5 reasons to add eggs to your diet

DUBAI: Learn all about the superfoods that will help you live a longer and healthier life. Devinder Bains, personal trainer and nutrition coach, fills you in…

Often given a bad name because of their high-cholesterol content, which is not completely justified, eggs are actually one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.

Whether you like yours boiled, scrambled, poached, as an omelette, or sunny side up, each small bundle is brimming with protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Easy on the wallet and so versatile, eggs are as much at home in a salad as they are in bakes and pasta and are a health powerhouse.

Rich in high-quality protein

Eggs contain all nine of the essential amino acids. (Shutterstock)

Proteins are made up of different amino acids that are linked together. Of the 21 types that the body uses, it cannot make nine by itself, so they have to come from food.

Eggs contain all nine of these essential amino acids – which is why they are often called a high-quality or perfect protein. With about 6 grams of protein in a large egg, they also have a rich amount of protein considering their size.

Aid weight loss

At just 77 calories and virtually no carbs, eggs rate high on the satiety index which measures how much a food fills you up and stops you from feeling hungry.

Many studies have shown that eating eggs for breakfast can keep hunger at bay and lead to less calories consumed for the rest of the day.

One study revealed that people eating equal calories of eggs versus bagels for breakfast lost 65 percent more body weight and had a 34 percent greater reduction in waist circumference.

Improve cholesterol balance

Consuming eggs appears to increase good HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. (Shutterstock)

In the past, eggs were often given a bad rap for their high-cholesterol content (around 162 milligrams), however more recent research suggests that there is no link between eggs and increased risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol is essential for bodily function and we are actually able to adjust the levels we produce in relation to what amount is in our food. Consuming eggs actually appears to increase good HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and reduce levels of bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

Healthy immune system

Eggs are rich in protein, vitamin D, vitamins B2, B5, B12, vitamin E, folate, lutein, and omega-3s, all of which can play a part in boosting immunity and reducing the spread of bacteria and viruses.

Eggs are particularly rich in selenium (22 percent of recommended daily intake), which helps to boost immunity, reduce DNA damage, and destroy cancer cells.

Promote good vision

Eggs provide a good alternative source of omega-3 fatty acids for people who do not eat oily fish (the most regular source). These omega-3s are important for helping maintain brain function and vision.

Egg yolks also contain antioxidants called lutein and zeaxanthin that protect the eyes from harmful sunlight and reduce the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts – two of the leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in elderly people.