Teething can be a frustrating time for babies and parents. Here are some tips and info to make teething a less stressful time.
Teething can began as early as 3 months old, and the process can continue up to the child’s third birthday or maybe even more. In most cases, however , around the age of 4 – 7 months old is when you’ll first to start noticing the baby’s first tooth pushing out of the gum line.
Usually, the first teeth are the central incisors, they are the first two bottom front teeth. Then, within the next 4 – 8 weeks, the central and lateral incisors, which are the four front upper teeth will begin pushing through.
Around a month after, the baby’s lower lateral incisors, which is the two teeth on each side of the bottom front teeth, will start coming in. The next that comes will be the molars, they are your baby’s back teeth that they’ll use to grind food with. Lastly, your baby’s eyeteeth will come out. They are the pointy teeth in the upper jaw. By the time your baby’s third birthday roll around, they’ll usually have all their primary teeth out.
In very rare cases, babies do get born with one or two teeth, or it might start coming out in the first few weeks after birth. This is not an alarming case, unless the teeth are loose and a choking hazard.
During the teething time, you might notice that your baby chew on things more and might also drool a lot. Some may experience no pain, while others can get really cranky and irritable for weeks on end. Some might experienced intensed crying episodes, less appetite, and disturbed sleep cycle. If you feel that your baby is too irritable, please contact your healthcare provider to see if there’s a problem.
Swollen, tender gums may cause a temperature rise. However, generally teething does not cause a higher temperature. If your baby develop a fever, you might want to call your doctor to see if there’s any other cause.
Excessive drools might cause rashes, you can prevent this by wiping their mouth often. A bib during these periods can be helpful. To catch excess drooling during sleeping, you can place a clean cloth under the baby’s head.
A good chewing toy to give to your baby would be something that is big enough that they cannot swallow, unbreakable, and cannot be chewed into tiny little pieces. A good option would be to place a wet washcloth in the freezer, once it freezes, let them chew on that. Rubber teething rings, preferably not the one that has liquid in them – just to be safe, is another good option.
Try rubbing your baby’s gums with your finger, it can help relieve some of the pain. Never tie a teething ring to your baby’s neck! Acetaminophen can relieve some of your baby’s pain as well. Always consult your doctor prior to giving your baby’s any medication, and remember to never give them any aspirin.
Dental Hygiene and Care
To prevent tooth decay, do not let your baby to fall asleep with a bottle. The milk or juice pool in their mouth can cause tooth decay and plaque.
It is extremely important to give your baby a good dental hygiene. They are baby teeth and will eventually fall out, but the lack of proper care can cause a premature drop, which will leave gaps. When that happens, other teeth may try to fill in the gaps, which can cause bad alignment in the baby’s permanent teeth.
Care to your baby’s tooth can start even prior to the actual teeth coming in. Wipe their gums off with a washcloth, or use baby-sized toothbrush without any toothpaste. You can also brush your baby’s first tooth with plain water. It is advisable to see a dentist by age 1, usually when the baby has had 6 – 8 tooth in place to spot any potential problems and to advise parents of its preventive care.
When children are old enough to spit, usually around the age of three, they are able to use toothpaste. Toothpaste that contains flouride are a good option for 3+ children, but make sure to use only a small amount as a flouride overdose are dangerous for children.