Friday, October 6th, 2017
Your baby’s first tooth is an exciting event. While there are no totally accurate methods for determining when that first pearly white will arrive, most babies will get their first tooth at around the seven month mark, although the age range can vary significantly from 2 or 3 months to a year or later. Along with the emergence of this tooth, parents will notice physical and behavioural changes. So what should you know about teething babies?
Order of Appearance
Predicting the order of teeth to arrive is somewhat easier than guessing when they will arrive. Most babies get their bottom front teeth first followed by the top front teeth, and then the teeth immediately beside these. Next, you can expect to see the first molars which are followed by the canine teeth and then finally the second molars. All together, your baby’s teeth should take around 2 years to emerge. On very rare occasions, a baby’s teeth never come in and your baby will be referred to a pediatric dentist or general dentist who specializes in treating children.
Symptoms of Teething
There are a variety of behavioural and physical symptoms that indicate your baby is teething. Among the signs of teething are
All these symptoms are perfectly normal, but if you have any cause for concern don’t be afraid to visit your paediatrician. Especially if you notice a prolonged, high fever or prolonged diarrhea you should consult medical advice.
Relieving Teething Symptoms
Of course, no parent wants to see their baby in pain or discomfort. Relieve teething symptoms may be as simple as giving your infant something to chew on, but there are medical interventions as well. Let’s discuss some of the most common methods of relief for teething.
Chewing lets your child create counter-pressure on his/her swollen aching gums. Teething rings, rattles, and toys with bumps or texture work well; and many experts will recommend freezing these objects to provide even better relief. Also, by gently rubbing your baby’s gums you can provide the same counter-pressure as teething toys.
Frozen chew toys, a frozen wet washcloth, or frozen fruits like bananas can help numb the gums and reduce pain and are safe when given under adult supervision. Frozen chewables provide excellent and safe relief, but cold drinks are also effective. Some ice-cold water can cool the inflammation of the gums and reduce pain. Also, if your baby is refusing to eat while teething, cold foods such as yogurt or blended fruits provide relief and nutrients.
If you’ve tried natural remedies and your baby is still in considerable pain baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen might do the trick. There are also some great topical numbing pastes that are designed specifically for teething babies. Always check with your doctor about the correct dosage for your infant.
Teething can be an exciting but equally frustrating time in your baby’s development. Remember that the pain is only temporary, but be sure to use some of these techniques to sooth the discomfort of teething.