For some babies, teething is a simple affair, with few noticeable side effects. Cutting teeth, or teething, can be a very frustrating experience for babies and their parents. Parents hate to know their baby is in pain. In this article we hope to help you so you know what to do when your baby is cutting a new tooth. You’ll get through the teething stage, without spending too much time biting your nails.
Teething – When will it happen?
Your baby can begin as early as 3 months old and the process can continue up to a childs third birthday or beyond. In most cases, when your baby is between the ages of 4 and 7 months, you will notice your child’s first tooth pushing through the gum line.
Typically, the first teeth to appear are the two bottom front teeth. These are the central incisors. Within 4 to 8 weeks, your baby’s four front upper teeth will begin to push through the gums. These are the central and lateral incisors.
What are the symptoms of teething?
When your baby begins teething you might notice they begin to drool more and constantly want to chew on things. Some babies experience no pain while there teeth coming through, others may be irritable or cranky for weeks. Some babies experience crying episodes, not wanting to eat, and sleep disruption.
Tender and swollen gums can cause your babies temperature to rise, but generally teething does not cause high temperature in babies. You should call your doctor if high temperatures do occur, because there is probably another cause for it.
How do I alleviate the pain?
Rub your baby’s gums with your finger. This can help relieve the pain. Also there are many remedies to help with teething. Homeopathic teething tablets, which dissolve on the child’s tongue, were a godsend when my children were teething.
Give your baby something to chew on that is large enough that they cannot swallow it. Something that won’t break and cannot be chewed into small pieces.
I also took those little baby washcloths, wet them down, twisted them into a sort of stick shape and froze them. They are easy to chew on this way and can be used like a teether.
If your baby is teething and it is really bothering them, there are things you can do to ease the irritation. One thing I used with my son was a teether. There are many different types of teethers. I used one that resembled a set of keys; it was his favorite. Another type that he enjoyed was a chilled, not frozen, ring teether.
Good dental hygiene for your baby
You should start caring for the babys gums even before the teeth come in. Wipe their gums off with a washcloth or gauze or use a baby-sized toothbrush, but no toothpaste. When the first tooth appears, brush it with plain water.
Another important tip for preventing tooth decay: don’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle. The milk or juice can pool in her mouth and cause tooth decay and plaque.
Good dental hygiene for your baby is extremely important. These teeth are not permanent and will eventually fall out, however, lack of proper care can cause them to drop out prematurely, leaving gaps. If that happens the other teeth may try to fill the gap, causing bad alignment in the babyís permanent teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends that children see a dentist by age 1, when six to eight teeth are in place, to spot any potential problems and advise parents about preventive care.
Around age three, when your child is old enough to spit it out, toothpaste is okay to use. Make sure the toothpaste contains fluoride but use very little for small children. Do not let them swallow it. Overdoses of fluoride are dangerous for children.
Cutting teeth is a normal part of babyhood, and, even if it is painful, it is temporary. Keep on top of the symptoms. When you see that first tooth, all the irritation will be well worth it when you see a big toothy grin on your baby!
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