WITH BABY TEETHING
problems associated with baby teething is huge with all those sleepless
nights when you have to console and soothe your baby because
of the pain that he has due to the tooth trying to come through.
Your child really suffers a lot during the time of teething. For the
infant, new teeth, especially the first few and the larger
molars, bring on varying degrees of discomfort and distress.
Here are some facts, information and advice to make the normal
process of teething more pleasant for your baby and you.
The Process Of Baby Teething
Only one in 2,000 babies are born with teeth. The vast
majority sprout their first tooth at approximately 7 months
and continues till they reach 3 years of age. But in some
healthy babies, the first tooth appears in the third month;
in others, it doesn't emerge until the infant is a full year
old. Before a baby is born, the first set of teeth is already
forming inside the jaws and under the gums. Usually, the front
teeth appear during the first year; the first and second molars
appear between ages 1 and 3. By age 3, your child should have
a full set of 20 baby teeth. Teeth usually appear sooner in
girls than in boys. Teething patterns tend to be hereditary,
so knowing when you and your spouse began to cut your teeth
may provide some clue.
Symptoms Of Baby Teething
Teething often causes discomfort, pain, restlessness
and irritability. As the roots of the teeth grow, they push
the edges of the teeth through the gums. The effects are usually
most dramatic with the first teeth, because the sensation
is new to the baby, and with molars, due to their large size.
You could be up nights trying to console a child waiting for
a tooth to break through.
The early symptoms include ---- sore, tender and swollen gums,
drooling, restlessness, irritability, loss of appetite, chewing
on fingers and other objects, rejecting breastfeeding or bottle
feeding since sucking hurts. Although some parents claim their
babies become feverish or get diarrhoea when a tooth is about
to pop, most experts say baby teething doesn't cause illness. More
likely the child has caught a virus and is coming down with
a cold, mild flu, or tummy troubles.
What To Do during Baby Teething?
You can't do anything to make teeth appear, but you
can comfort your baby if he's in pain as the process starts.
Let your child chew on a cold, hard object, such as a teething
ring. The coldness helps ease the discomfort and the hardness
will speed up the eruption of the tooth. Massaging your child's
gums with a clean finger can help reduce pain and discomfort
during teething. Some paediatricians recommend giving a teething
baby a small dose of children's pain reliever, but check with
the doctor before giving your baby any medication. If your
child is running a temperature, call your doctor - he may
have an ear infection or other illness.
Caring For Your Baby's Baby
For the first year, you won't really need to brush
your baby's teeth, but do clean them at least once a day preferably
at bedtime. Just wipe his gums and teeth with gauze and don't
bother to use a brush now since it is too early and do not
use toothpaste till your child is at least 2 years old. You
should also never put your baby to bed with a bottle. Formula
and breast milk can pool in your baby's mouth at night and
lead to tooth decay.
Around 18 months, your child may be ready to learn to brush
his teeth. You'll have to do it for him at first, since he
won't have the interest or the concentration to brush. Use
a soft brush and a small dollop of toothpaste. You don't have
to brush in a certain direction, just try to get any food
particles out. Use toothpaste, which is made for children.
You don't really need to use toothpaste unless your child's
diet includes lots of sugary foods - which you should avoid